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Francis Francis X3 - Ken Shear's Review
Posted: February 24, 2006, 1:18am
review rating: 3.3
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Francis Francis X3
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Arrow The Francis Francis X3 has 15 Reviews
Arrow The Francis Francis X3 has been rated 7.81 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Richard Greenleaf 8.57
Brad Gom 8.50
Mats Grip 8.50
Paul Wood 8.00
Jimmy Oneschuk 7.66

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.6
Manufacturer: Francis! Francis! Quality: 7
Average Price: $499.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $399.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Abree Coffee Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 3 months Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Flama Zentrum
Bottom Line: Beauty's only skin deep!
Positive Product Points

Cool looking, entertaining manual, great logo

Negative Product Points

Disappointing espresso quality; inconsistent output

Detailed Commentary

Our old espresso maker died after several years.  After reading many reviews I was thoroughly confused about the quality.  The design of the Francis Francis was  very appealing -- what a good looking machine, and we saw reviews saying it wasn't so bad.  Also, with a brass boiler and everything, it seemed like, it must make pretty good coffee.  Wrong!  The output was inconsistent and mostly, disappointing, whether it was packets or fresh ground coffee.  After awhile, I bought another machine on ebay for a fraction of the cost (called a Flama Zentrum -- I can't find reviews of the Flama anywhere!) -- much higher quality, consistent, so we gave up the pretty Francis Francis and now we have great coffee.   Oh, well.

Buying Experience

Good; shipped fairly promptly.

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