Summary: To start off this machine is excellent. My best friend has worked in the gourmet espresso industry for 15+ years. So stating this I had access to professional machines at a deep discount. The reason I went with this machine is because unlike my friend's machines I would have needed plumbing installed (water feed and waste). Perhaps when I redo my kitchen.
Who needs expensive and complicated machines - this one is PERFECT!
Eric J. Robertson, Amazon
17 March 2012
Summary: I'll try not to gush too much - first the basics: The machine is a little bigger than a traditional drip machine. Not too big for small kitchens. It's very good looking even though the body is plastic. The metal accents, trim, and face look truly high end. Operation is a breeze. Fill the side reservoir, insert a capsule in the handle, and push the button. Less than 30 seconds later you have a perfect shot. PERFECT EVERY TIME.
Summary: After living in Paris for 7 years, I have been searching for over 20 years for a machine that can duplicate the espresso served in bars in Italy & France. Needless to say, I have purchased many machines over the years, and they have all fallen short. This machine arrived yesterday, and it produces espresso that in my opinion is identical to that served in a bar in Italy.
Summary: This is by far the BEST espresso machine I've ever owned. Being originally from Europe, my favorite coffee drink is plain espresso. The X7 consistently makes espresso that beats by miles what I get from Starbucks and Caribou.
Summary: I bought this in red last October and wanted to wait a while before writing a review to see if there were any problems. THERE AREN'T!!! I used to have an X5 and I hated it because the espresso was always lukewarm at best and the pods would frequently explode so I had reservations about purchasing another FrancisFrancis! machine. The thing is, you just can't beat the style. It's like art for your kitchen counter. Well, I'm extremely pleased with this machine.
Summary: I received my X7 in January 2009 and I could not be happier with my purchase. First, let me start with Amazon. My purchase online was very convenient and the shipping was first class and fast - eventhough I did the free shipping. Also, the price was cheaper that what I had found on some other websites - - and Illy's own website for that matter. As of today, Amazon is about $200 cheaper than the Illy website. Now for choosing the coffee machine.
Summary: We purchased this coffee machine at Christmas as it is rated highly by Which reviewers, so far so good. It's really easy to use and clean, good quality coffee. Would recommend that you buy the capsules online in bulk as better value (and I haven't been able to find any in supermarkets near me)
Summary: Love it! Coffee expensive per cup I suppose but so quick, I love the Ching when it's ready and I can make frothy milk for hot chocolate for my son. Easy to clean, set up, delivery quick and well packaged. I researched it with all previous comments and videos - this seemed to be what I wanted it and as it turns out - it is.