- 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
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.
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.