Summary: I was already using an espresso machine which, although a cheap model, produced some quite reasonable coffee. However, I was still on a quest to find a machine which produced a coffee as good, if not better than the coffee I have enjoyed in cafés and restaurants. Some of the top-rated Italian machines were a little beyond my reach costwise until I found Amazon selling the Francis Francis X1 at half price!
Summary: Francis, Francis X1 makes great tasting coffee. It's a bit noisy, but the coffee is worth all the decibels. Remember to get a decent coffee grinder as well, though. Good espresso requires correctly ground coffee.
Summary: Having long wished for a francis francis machine i am not disappointed. Well built sturdy machine that produces coffee that village neighbours and friends come round for. Steamer wand produces good froth and provided you choose your milk jug wisely there is plenty of room for frothing.I have cheated by elevating the machine on a plinth so i can access all parts more easily.Delighted with purchase.
Summary: I bought this product hesitantly because I had read some reviews which stated that it leaked coffee and was unable to produce the frothy milk... After a week of trail and error I have been able to produce fantastic espresso and cappuccino's with frothy milk. First of all don't over fill the coffee filter and secondly frothy milk is an art that needs to be practiced and there are plenty of sites that guide you on how to get micro foam.