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Francis Francis X1 - Brenda XYZ's Review
Posted: November 22, 2001, 2:37am
review rating: 7.3
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Francis Francis X1
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Scott Smith 8.75
Patrick Moss 8.00
Josh Alwitt 8.00
Steve Strawman 8.00
Phil M 7.60

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Manufacturer: Francis! Francis! Quality: 8
Average Price: $799.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $550.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Inform Interiors, Vancouver, BC Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Gaggia, Saeco, Krups, Nuova Simonelli
Bottom Line: Form and function mesh beautifully.
Positive Product Points

Besides being an object of desire in terms of post-modern industrial design, this machine is well-built, extremely simple to use, and guarantees a pleasant and satisfying expresso with nice crema.

Negative Product Points

Major issue: machine is light in weight, so one must apply some pressure to top of machine (which can get rather warm) with flattened palm in order to properly insert/remove filter holder unit while keeping machine from moving around on countertop.

Minor issue: the "tamper" that came with the machine is lame. It‘s actually a coffee measuring spoon with a flat bottom that‘s supposed to double as a tamper.

Detailed Commentary

The FrancisFrancis X1 is comparable in every way with other machines that I have owned in the $500 to $800 price range (Gaggia, Saeco).

The body of the machine is beautifully and simply designed, offers high-quality construction, and is easy to use and keep clean. Pump is reasonably quiet. Heats up quickly, in under a minute. Pull a shot every 2-3 mins., and steam milk in 40-60 seconds to between 150-170 degrees F.

This machine requires a fine grind (read: you need access to a quality burr grinder). I have not, nor do I plan to, try the E.S.E. pod system.

The X1 is certainly not the best machine available for serious home baristas, but it's one of the all-round best in its price class for those who enjoy both fine espresso and fine design.

Buying Experience

Initially, I brought home a lime green one, but it looked totally out of place in my kitchen, so I exchanged it for a black one. I ran into some aggravation with the retialer I purchased it from, Inform Interiors. They wanted a "restocking fee" in the neighbourhood of $75.00. However, when I mentioned the possibility of returning the unit altogether and purchasing it from Caban instead, the "fee" was waived. The unit cost just over $900 CDN, including taxes.

Three Month Followup

Continue to use daily. Still admire the design; still pleased with the espresso it produces.

One Year Followup

It's all good.

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