Summary: I received this X1 classic as a gift, and after some initial trial and error have come to love the ease of use, and clean up. I do not use the pods in my machine and find it simple to fill the portafilter handle and tamper myself.
Summary: So, the espresso machine is great. It's solidly built and has a very simple design to it. I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to make espresso at home and would like their machine to last more than a couple years.
Summary: Having worn out a Capresso machine after daily brewing 4-6 shots of espresso in making lattes/cappuccinos, etc. I went looking for a more durable machine. I bought an X1 in 2001/2 when it was a brand new model (in stainless) and it is great: 1. It heats up quickly. 2. It brews VERY consistently. 3.
GIVES YOU A PHENOMENAL ESPRESSO IF YOU HANDLE CORRECTLY
Marcel Dubach "Marcel Dubach", Amazon
5 March 2005
Summary: Two months ago I bought the X1 from the new serie "X1 by appointment" at the online store azone.ch. Discount price about 500 USD including a box of 18 E.S.E pods from AMICI. The inventor of the machine Francesco Illy is a "pope" of the coffee industry.
Summary: For the last 5 years I have been making 3 to 4 espressos a day with it. I never had a problem! It works great, it's expensive but it's beautiful and worth the price. I recommend Lavazza espresso pods, they make an excellent crema (the yellow foam) and no mess.
Summary: This machine is just gorgeous--and works well. I'd been eyeballing them for a good while and finally broke down and got one due to an unexpected windfall. Not a day's regret--and I've used it every day since I bought it. First, there's the color. I have a thing for orange, and lots of orange things.
Summary: i bought this from williams-sonoma last year and had it for only a week before returning it. i thought (and still do) that it is a beautiful machine, just amazing design. a conversation piece, certainly.
Summary: I purchased this as a gift for some gourmet-type Boomers who had just refinished their kitchen. It was an instant hit. There's no question that this machine can make a good cup of espresso -- especially if you take the time to set the cups on top to heat.
Summary: 18 months-old, used daily. To date there have been no problems or hiccups, and I remain quite pleased with it. The temperature issue raised by others is valid, but avoidable by allowing a few more minutes of warm-up time.
Summary: Great machine, have used many machines over the years. Very cool looks, heatup fast, makes unlimited amount of steam very quickly, makes multiple cups w/out waiting. I use ESE and love my perfecr shots every time.