- 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
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.
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.