Illy Francis Francis X7.1 Espresso Maker Review
Offers iconic design and simple brewing of good espresso shots, but the milk foam it produced wasn't so great.
The X7.1 is designed for the casual espresso drinker who wants hassle-free espresso without the cost of a fully automatic machine. And it does a decent job here, because the espresso is good and the brewing process is simple and mess-free. The steam wand does a merely adequate job, though: we found the foam it produced was a little inconsistent and had too large bubbles.
The cost of the individual pods ranges from about 60 cents to a dollar each (depending on the blend and if you buy in bulk), so this is also a more expensive machine to run than the others. But don’t buy this machine expecting it to be cheaper than the others: you buy it for simplicity and ease of use. And if you can live with the limitations that approach imposes, then it is a good, easy to use espresso and milk drink maker.
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