Francis and Francis X1 iperEspresso Machine

Francis Francis x1 espresso machine

FEATURES:

  • Beautiful Francis and Francis! design
  • Full Metal Housing
  • Choice of Red, Black or Stainless Steel
  • High-precision temperature control
  • Automatic boiler refill for continuous steam
  • Automatic coffee shut off (programmable)
  • Uses illy iperEspresso capsules
  • Produces an excellent espresso froth (crema)
  • Brass boiler for best heat retention
  • 15 bars of pressure

 

 OVERVIEW:

     The famous Francis and Francis X1 iperEspresso machine is so sexy it was featured in episode 18, season 6 of “Sex and the City” where the X1 was given to Carrie Bradshaw as a gift by her Russian artist lover Aleksandr Petrovsky. Since then, the X1 has become an icon in the home espresso machine market. The performance of the Francis and Francis X1 rivals its looks. The two-stage extraction process, where the grounds are infused prior to brewing, produces a rich and heady crema. One user described his first brew of espresso as “producing a Guiness-like head of crema“. Your first shot of espresso from this gorgeous machine is likely to impress, given the delicious flavors and aromas emanating from the pre-ground and pre-tamped illy espresso coffee. The Francis and Francis X1 was even featured in Forbes.com as one of the best luxury espresso machines.

Francis and Francis X1 Control Panel: Prominently situated in the very center of the X1 display is a dial that indicates current temperature, it reads from 0 to 80 and then displays a coffee cup and a steam icon. Differing from other models, such as the X7, the X1 features small metal switches that are moved from the on to off position to select. For instance, the coffee cup icon indicates that the switch for this icon should be selected to brew a shot of espresso. Select the steam switch for preparing a cappuccino or latte. The on-off switch is located just to the left of the center dial and the X1 is equipped with an indicator light that shows whether the unit is turned on or off.

Francis and Francis X1 Frothing Wand: The X1 is equipped with a fully functional frothing wand for making cappuccinos and lattes. Once you have selected the steam switch, the machine will indicate with a beep when it is fully warmed up. At this point you just open the steam knob to the right of the machine to start the flow of steam, and you simply close the knob to shut off the flow of steam. The Francis and Francis X1 steam wand is maneuverable so that you can place a frothing picture under the frothing wand. The frothing wand does double-duty in that it is used to make Americanos or for making tea by simply injecting the hot steam into an existing container of water. The hot steam quickly and efficiently heats up the water you will be using to make your Americano or other beverage. The X1 steam wand is removable to facilitate cleaning. 

Francis and Francis X1 Cup Warmer: The X1 ingeniously uses the heat generated by the boiler to heat the warm cup plate located at the top of the machine. Francis and Francis went the extra step of putting an attractive railing around the cup warmer to prevent your espresso cups from being knocked over. The residual heat from the broiler safely dissipates leaving you with thoroughly warmed cups.

How to Brew Your Shot of Espresso: Brewing a delicious shot of heady espresso with your Francis and Francis X1 could not possibly be any easier. Simply remove the capsule holder and insert an illy iperEspresso capsule into it and place the holder back into the machine. Then select the brew switch to start the brewing process. With the X1 you can program the volume of your preferred serving size. Be sure to throw the used capsule away once you have pulled your shot.

Francis and Francis X1 Water Supply: The Francis and Francis X1 is equipped with a water reservoir with a capacity of 33.8 oz. The reservoir can be easily removed for refilling and cleaning. To keep your Francis and Francis X1 running in perfect condition, a decalcification solution should be used every 3-4 months. The X1 is equipped with an automatic descaling program that indicates when descaling is required.

Francis and Francis X1 Cleaning: Cleaning could not be any easier with X1 since both the drip tray, frothing wand and the water reservoir are easy to remove and reset in place.

SUMMARY:

     If you are looking for an absolutely gorgeous espresso machine that will make your friends jealous and which makes a “guiness-like head of crema” – the Francis and Francis X1 is your machine. The simple and easy one-touch operation of the X1 makes your morning routine all the more enjoyable. Click here to buy the Francis and Francis X1 or to read more reviews on this famous and well-loved espresso machine.

 

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Francis and Francis X7 iperEspresso Machine

Francis and Francis X7 iperEspresso Machine

 

FEATURES:

  • Beautiful Francis and Francis! design
  • Uses illy iperEspresso pods
  • Two filter baskets for single pod and double pods
  • Steam wand arm for making cappuccinos and lattes
  • 18 bar pump for brewing and steaming
  • Two phase extraction for quality espresso and no mess
  • Auto-Stop function for perfect cup volume
  • Built-in cup warmer

 

OVERVIEW:

     When I first saw the Francis and Francis X7, I felt the excitement of a kid seeing his first race car. It’s no coincidence, since the Francis and Francis line of espresso machines was inspired by Ferrari. The Francis and Francis X7 is a speedy espresso machine in more ways than just looks. With the utmost convenience you can pop in an iperEspresso pod and have a delicious, frothy shot in almost no time. The Francis and Francis X7 makes brewing an espresso easy and simple. You don’t need to measure, grind and tamp to enjoy an excellent shot of espresso – with the ready to brew iperEspresso pods, Francis and Francis does all the work for you.

Francis and Francis X7 Control Panel: The Francis and Francis X7 boasts beautifully back-lit buttons, all with intuitive icons for maximum user comfort. The center button is surrounded by temperature indicators that show the current water temperature as the boiler is heating up. Once the water has reached the appropriate temperature, the X7 will beep to indicate it is ready for brewing. Also displayed is the steam icon, the coffee cup, a warning indicator, the power button and the Illy by Francis Francis logo. The steam icon lights up when this function is engaged.

Francis and Francis X7 Frothing Wand: The X7 is equipped with a highly-functional frothing wand for making cappuccinos and lattes. Once you have pressed the steam button, the machine will indicate with a beep when it is fully warmed up. At this point you just open the steam knob to the right of the machine to start the flow of steam, and you simply close the knob to shut off the flow of steam. The Francis and Francis X7 steam wand is maneuverable so that you can place a frothing picture under the frothing wand. The frothing wand does double-duty in that it is used to make Americanos or for making Tea by simply injecting the hot steam into an existing container of water. The hot steam quickly and efficiently heats up the water you will be using to make your Americano or other beverage.

Francis and Francis X7 Cup Warmer: The X7 ingeniously uses the heat generated by the boiler to heat the warm cup plate located at the top of the machine. Francis and Francis even went the extra step of putting an attractive ring around the cup warmer to prevent your espresso cups from being knocked over. The residual heat from the broiler safely dissipates leaving you with thoroughly warmed cups.

How to Brew Your Shot of Espresso: To brew a delicious shot of frothy espresso with your Francis & Francis X7, first ensure that the center coffee cup icon is illuminated. Then, remove the capsule holder and insert a Illy iperEspresso capsule into it and place the holder back into the machine. Finally press the center button to start the brewing and press once more to stop the flow. Be sure to throw the used capsule away once you have pulled your shot. To make a double shot of espresso, you will use the double pod holder and follow the same steps, brewing first one shot and then the next.

Francis and Francis Water Supply: The Francis and Francis X7 is equipped with a blue-plastic water reservoir with a capacity of approx. 40 oz. The reservoir is easy to see through to check the remaining level of water. The reservoir can be easily removed for refilling and cleaning. To keep your Francis and Francis X7 running in perfect condition, the machine comes with a decalcification solution which should be used every 3-4 months. There is no guess-work however, since the Francis and Francis X7 will automatically indicate when decalcification is needed.

Francis and Francis X7 Cleaning: Cleaning could not be any easier with X7 since both the drip tray and, as mentioned above, the water reservoir are easy to remove and reset in place.

SUMMARY

     If you are looking for an absolutely beautiful and stylish espresso machine that makes great quality espresso with no mess – the Francis and Francis X7 is your machine. The simple and easy one-touch operation of the X7 makes your morning routine all the more enjoyable. The Francis and Francis X7 makes a rich crema that even the most discriminating espresso lover will enjoy. Click here to buy the Francis and Francis X7 or to read more reviews on this iconic machine.

 

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Francis and Francis X8 iperEspresso Machine

Francis and Francis X8 iperEspresso Machine

FEATURES:

  • Beautiful design by Francis and Francis!
  • Patented 2-stage brewing process
  • Multi-color LED display for simple operation
  • 40 oz. water reservoir (5 cups)
  • 15 bar italian pump
  • Manual shut-off
  • Includes steam wand
  • No daily clean-up
  • 1 year warranty

 

 

OVERVIEW:

     The beautiful Francis and Francis X8 looks quite different from the X1 and the X7, but it still makes the same delicious espresso. The Francis and Francis X8 has an entirely plastic housing whose design looks like it came straight out of the espresso-loving future. If Captain Picard had an espresso machine in his stateroom, this would be it. The X8 is incredibly quick, swithing from brew to steam in less than 30 seconds and heating water for brewing in less than 30 seconds. Your every espresso whim can be satisfied in no time with the X8. The X8 uses the same patented brewing process as the other Francis anf Francis espresso machines resulting in a thick and velvety crema that all will enjoy.

Francis and Francis X8 Control Panel: The X8 uses a multi-colored LED display to clearly indicate all functions and stages to the user. For instance, an LED light will indicate once the water has been heated to the appropriate temperature for brewing or steaming. A manual shut off system gives the user more control over the volume of liquid dispensed per pod of espresso coffee, which gives more flexibility in varying the strength of each brew. You can easily and quickly brew your espresso or prepare a latte or cappuccino.

Francis and Francis X8 Frothing Wand: The X8 is equipped with a fully functional frothing wand for making cappuccinos and lattes. Once you have selected the steam function, the machine will indicate on the LED display once it has fully warmed up. At this point you will select the steam function on the right of the machine to start the flow of steam, and simply stop the function to shut off the flow of steam. The Francis and Francis X8 steam wand is maneuverable so that you can place a frothing picture under the frothing wand. The frothing wand does double-duty in that it is used to make Americanos or for making tea by simply injecting the hot steam into an existing container of water. The hot steam quickly and efficiently heats up the water you will be using to make your Americano or other beverage.

Francis and Francis X8 Cup Warmer: The X8 ingeniously uses the heat generated by the boiler to heat the warm cup plate located at the top of the machine. Francis and Francis went the extra step of putting an attractive railing around the cup warmer to prevent your espresso cups from being knocked over. The residual heat from the broiler safely dissipates leaving you with thoroughly warmed cups.

How to Brew Your Shot of Espresso: Brewing a delicious shot of rich, velvety espresso with your Francis and Francis X8 could not possibly be any easier. Simply remove the capsule holder and insert an illy iperEspresso capsule into it and place the holder back into the machine. Then select the brew function to start the brewing process. With the X8 you will manually control the volume of your serving size. Be sure to throw the used capsule away once you have pulled your shot.

Francis and Francis X8 Water Supply: The Francis and Francis X8 is equipped with a water reservoir with a capacity of 40 oz (5 cups). The reservoir is blue, see-through plastic and can be easily removed for refilling and cleaning. To keep your Francis and Francis X8 running in perfect condition, a decalcification solution should be used every 3-4 months. The X8 is equipped with an automatic descaling program that indicates when descaling is required.

Francis and Francis X8 Cleaning: Cleaning could not be any easier with X8 since both the drip tray and frothing wand are easy to remove and reset in place. While daily cleaning is passé with all Francis and Francis espresso machines using the iperEspresso ESE Pods, be sure to use a descaling solution as needed.

SUMMARY:

     The Francis and Francis X8, like its Francis and Francis counterparts, is a robust espresso machine that produces an exquisite shot of espresso. The look of the X8 is quite different which will appeal more or less to  some depending on their individual preferences. The X8 is amazingly quick and is therefore very approriate for office use where time is precious. With the X8, all you need to be in paradise is your freshly made shot of espresso and a cup of gelato. Click here to buy the Francis and Francis X8 or to read more reviews on this great espresso machine.

 

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