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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.

December 09, 2011
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Comparison Overview

Here we have an old-school manual espresso maker (the Rancilio Silvia) and a new pod-type machine (the illy). The illy is much more convenient than the Rancilio, needling less cleaning and preparation. It is also cheaper, being half the price. At least up front, that is: the pods that the illy uses are more expensive than the ground beans used by the Rancilio. However, you would need to drink a lot of espresso to make up the different. Really, it all comes down to the final result, and we found that the Rancilio was superior here, producing better espresso and doing a better job of foaming milk.

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Sections

  1. Page
  2. Design
  3. Performance
  4. Usability
  5. illy Francis Francis Y1 Comparison
  6. Gaggia Accademia Comparison
  7. Rancilio Silvia Comparison
  8. Conclusion
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