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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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Brewing Process

Thanks to the iperEspresso capsule system that this espresso maker uses, the brewing process is very simple and straightforward, making for hassle-free and quick espresso. We were able to go from starting to getting the final shot in just 29 seconds.

Step 1
Brewing Process Step 1 Photo

Remove the portafilter, drop in the iperEspresso capsule, and replace the portafilter in the maker.

Step 2

Press and hold the brew button on the front of the control panel. After a couple of seconds, it beeps and the brewing begins.

Step 3

About 29 seconds later, the shot is ready to drink. The used pod can be removed by twisting the portafilter off and discarding it. The coffee grinds remain in the capsule at all times, and there is no coffee remaining in the brewing container, so there is no need to clean up.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Cleaning & Maintenance Photo

Very little maintenance is required: the only thing you have to do is to refill the water reservoir. This holds

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Customization

There is no way to customize the brewing process: you can't tweak the temperature, the pressure, the speed or the amount of water used to brew. The steam wand also can't be customized: you can only turn it on or off, with no way to regulate the steam pressure or temperature.

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Sections

  1. Page
  2. Design
  3. Performance
  4. Usability
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  7. Rancilio Silvia Comparison
  8. Conclusion
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