Summary: This thing is nothing short of brilliant, it gives you the ability to produce a coffee which is of a cafe quality (well, almost) in approximately 3 minutes max. The espresso is very nice with rich aroma, and milk frothing abilities are quite good for a little machine like this. In terms of the quality of the frothing, with a thermometer and some care, you can produce a nice froth, I will not fool you and say the best, but something more than acceptable.
Overall, a great machine with some opps for improvement
17 March 2012
Summary: The Good: - Capsules are easy to use and create no mess to clean up - The unit is attractively designed - The unit warms up quickly - The capsules are high quality products The Bad: - The reservoir seating mechanism is such that I am unable to remove the reservoir without spilling the water. It takes moderate effort to remove and, all of a sudden, it breaks free causing a small spill every time, even when I try to remove it in a very controlled manner.
Summary: I've used the X7 for about three months now.Putting it simply, the machine produces a perfect shot of espresso every time. It heats quickly (about a minute), is quiet, is tireless in pulling shots (little to no pause for heating between shots), and looks great on the counter. My old machine was a Gaggia Caprezza which required quite a bit of effort to get a decent shot..
Summary: My husband gave me this machine as a "new mommy" essential in September. We are now in December and the machine just blew up - an electrical short and smoke! We have contacted Illy for a replacement (we are outside of the Amazon return window) but I am a little concerned given the reputation Illy has for poor customer service.
Summary: If you are a coffee lover, this is a great coffee maker for your daily needs. Only Illy coffee pods can be used with this product. Makes a perfect cup of expresso or cappuccino at your finger tips.
Summary: I can't agree with your other reviewer, who I'm guessing is a bit of a coffee obsessive/barista (and nothing wrong with that) - in my experience, the X7.1 delivers great coffee, every time. It uses capsules so it's aimed at the occasional domestic user who wants fresh coffee on demand (rather than opening a can of ground coffee, taking a while to use it up and having it go past its best).
Summary: Francis Francis X7.1 Coffee Machine, Red 2 year review I have the Francis Francis X7 Coffee Machine for the past two years Product working well . I use it at work 5 days a week great quality coffee every time frother is usless so i use a capressa external frother 6 months Had this product for 6 months now. it works fine appart form the frother that is too weak but realy single boiler machines can't produce real froth.
Summary: It's a really nice looking device, and makes great coffee. Be aware that if you use the steam nozzle, then you have to wait for it to cool down before you can create coffee. It took me 10 minutes to work out why the coffee light wouldn't come back on, and it wouldn't let me make a coffee (I thought it was broken, until I read the instructions). Beyond that, it's really very simple to use, and makes great coffee.