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Francis Francis X1 - Douglas Peters's Review
Posted: December 1, 2002, 6:57am
review rating: 5.8
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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: 9.4
Manufacturer: Francis! Francis! Quality: 10
Average Price: $799.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $399.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Coffee Shop in the Castro Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 3 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Slick, sleek, stylish...I love it.
Positive Product Points

Fast, easy, beautiful to look at.  It is an "arty" contribution to my kitchen-salon, and makes excellent espresso and steamed milk.

Negative Product Points

Messy, (when using ground coffee) and a little expensive.  I would like to control the heat of the espresso boiler myself, not have it pre-set at the factory.

Detailed Commentary

Initially I could not get a crema with my own ground coffee, even with a burr grinder on its finest setting.  Canned Lavazza coffee, however, produced a crema.  So did Illy pods.  Confusing.  I thought I would get my best cup using Starbuck's Espresso beans and my own grinder, but I just don't get the crema I wanted UNLESS I run the second boiler (for steaming milk) for about 30 seconds and get the temp over 100 C.  THEN even my own grounds will produce a crema.  Interesting, hey?

I LOVE this machine.  I love its looks, I love the dual coffee system (using pods or grounds) and I love its speed.  I can make a latte in the morning in far less time than a press-pot or a drip machine.  Because I crawl out of bed in the morning towards my coffee this is particularly important to me.  I read some reviewers say it heats up in under 2 minutes.  Mine heats up in under one minute.  Just lucky, I guess.  It is easy to operate.  The switches are not labeled and this is only confusing to new users.  (Read the booklet, Ace.)  You flip a switch, if it is the wrong switch, flip it back.  No hair loss here.

This machine is a piece of art.  Its adds color and interest to my kitchen--the most important room in the house--if it is turned on or off.  People ask about it when they see it.  It is fun to demonstrate.

Buying Experience

I bought it in a coffee shop on Castro Street.  They were closing them out so I got a great price.

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