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Illy Francis Francis Y1 Espresso Maker Review

The illy Francis Francis Y1 won't lure Espresso connoisseurs, but it makes a decent brew.

December 09, 2011
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Comparison Overview

A $200 machine vs a $2299 one? It seems like an open and shut case. But it’s more complex than that, with the illy Francis Francis Y1 performing a single purpose (making espresso), while the Gaggia Accademia does it all, making espresso, milk drinks and more, automatically. The Gaggia also does a better job: we found that the espresso it produced was generally superior, although the Y1’s brew was definitely acceptable. So, if you have just $200 and an espresso craving, go for the Y1. If you have $2300 and a group of people with a craving for espresso, lattes and more, go for the Gaggia.

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Sections

  1. Page
  2. Design
  3. Performance
  4. Usability
  5. illy Francis Francis X7.1 Comparison
  6. Capresso Café Comparison
  7. Gaggia Accademia Comparison
  8. Conclusion
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