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Francis Francis X1 Espresso Machine - Stainless Steel - Certified Refurbished

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Quick Overview

Retro and intriguing, the Francis Francis X1 provides all the essentials to brew an enticing shot of espresso and delectable milk based drink (latte or cappuccino, anyone?). Featuring a centrally located temperature gauge with steam and coffee icons to let you know when the X1 is at optimal temperature to brew and steam. Simple coffee and steam switches sit adjacent to one another for transitional ease.
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Retro and intriguing, the Francis Francis X1 provides all the essentials to brew an enticing shot of espresso and delectable milk based drink (latte or cappuccino, anyone?). Featuring a centrally located temperature gauge with steam and coffee icons to let you know when the X1 is at optimal temperature to brew and steam. Simple coffee and steam switches sit adjacent to one another for transitional ease.

Features & Functionality of the Francis Francis X1 Espresso Machine

  • Cup Warmer: Warm your espresso cups on top of the X1 prior to brewing.
  • Simple Switches: No confusion here! The X1 offers three easy switches (on/off, brew, steam) for fewer head-scratching moments.
  • Steam Knob: Turn the prominent steam knob counter-clockwise to control steam power.
  • Notification Sound: When alternating between brewing and steaming, the X1 will let you know when it's ready with a friendly beep.
  • Hot Water Option: The X1 may not have a hot water switch, but Francis Francis still included a way to dispense hot water: Flip both the coffee and steam switches in the up position. Once the ready light is on, turn the steam knob counter-clockwise and flip the coffee switch down. Hot water will then dispense through the steam wand.
Pros
  • Made for Grounds: Since this version of the X1 is specifically made for ground coffee and not pods or capsules, you have the versatility of choosing what blend you want to brew.
  • Additional Storage: The X1 comes with a bonus drawer at the base of the machine.
Cons
  • No Programmability: The X1 is an elegant and simple machine that offers the basics to make a great drink. However, there are no programming options available with this machine.
Ease of Use 3
Overall Value for the Money 5
Tips and Tricks

The X1 includes a non-pressurized portafilter, so having a good quality grinder is ideal to achieve the best possible shot.

Manufacturer Francis Francis
Width 10.0 inches
Depth 9.5 inches
Height 12.0 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 18.5000
Watts 1100W
Volts 120V
Programmability No
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Brass
Cup Clearance 4.5 inches
Reservoir Size 40.50 ounces
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Non-Pressurized
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly No
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No

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Francis Francis X1 Espresso Machine - Stainless Steel - Certified Refurbished
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A shopper asked: How does this X1 compare the the X7? Aug 17, 2014
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A shopper asked: (1) Does this machine pull a good shot with adequate crema?
(2) What about this model renders it incompatible with pods?
(3) Any insider tips?
Aug 17, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hi, I was wondering if the paranello tip can be easily removed and replaced, or if the whole arm can be replaced by an x7 or similar steam arm?. Thanks in advance. Aug 5, 2014
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nathan m: Yes, the metal paranello tip screws off. I've heard the traditional wand from an x7 will fit, but I havent been able to locate one yet. Illy doesn't sell the arm, just the tip. Aug 5, 2014
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Eric751: Thank you Nathan, would you happen to know the difference in length between the X1 and X7 wands, and if the X7 wand tip is removable as well? Aug 12, 2014
nathan m: I just received an X7 wand from sapori fine flavors. The wands are the same size, and the tip is removable. Fits perfectly on the X1. Aug 17, 2014
Sandy M asked: If I have a Portafilter that uses Pods, can it be used with this machine? I already had a Francis X1 espresso machine. Also, what year is this machine? Thank you! Jun 6, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately the Francis Francis X1 machines for pods or grounds use not just a different portafilter, but a different brew head as well, and so you will not be able to use a pod portafilter on a non pod machine. We purchase and refurbish a variety of models of these machines from different years, and so there is not a specific date that your machine will be manufactured from. Jun 9, 2014
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A shopper asked: What size of tamper should I use for francis portafilter? Also, could you recommend me a grinder for this francis ?because this is my first espresso machine. May 25, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The Francis Francis X1 machine uses a 57mm tamper, and though it comes with a plastic one to get you started, I would recommend moving up to the Rattleware 57mm. You will need a good quality grinder for best results with this non pressurized unit, and so at minimum I would check out the Baratza Virtuoso or Baratza Preciso. I have included a few links below for you to check out!

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/rattleware-stainless-steel-tamper-with-short-handle

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/baratza-virtuoso-burr-espresso-grinder-with-preciso-burrs-redesign-586

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/baratza-virtuoso-preciso-burr-grinder
May 27, 2014
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Lynn R asked: Hi, we have a Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine and were wondering if the Francis is as good or better? Not taking in account for looks which Francis wins. But will it brew/pull a finer espresso ?

Thanks,

Lynn
May 20, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The Francis Francis X1 machine is a non pressurized system, and so it will produce great shots that may be superior to the Aroma, but only if you have a good quality grinder. Without a great grinder, though, the pressurized system of the Aroma would be a better bet! Hope this helps clarify! May 21, 2014
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Lynn R: Hi Teri K,

We have a Solis Grinder and for the Aroma would always grind pretty fine and realized that with the pressurized system of the Aroma it didn't make a big difference.

So with our grinder and good tamping practice with the Francis Francis X1 we should be able to produce better shots than the Aroma... Yes?

We were also given a Capresso C1000 which seems to use more coffee to produce a decent shot.

What are your thoughts now and I really appreciate your time and answers.

Lynn May 21, 2014
Teri KStaff: Unfortunately I can't say for certain that your Solis grinder will be good enough to produce better shots with the Francis Francis machine, but you can certainly give it a try! It is hard to judge a grinder's capabilities when using a pressurized system, and it is important to get a grind that is not just fine enough, but also has consistently sized particles. If you want to move to a non pressurized system, you could purchase the Bottomless or Non pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for the Saeco machines we offer and use that with your Aroma. This would allow you to produce shots that are superior to the pressurized portafilter the Aroma offers, but again, if the grinder isn't at the right level, you will likely not be pleased with the results. We generally say that the grinder is as or more important than the machine in a non pressurized system, and since your Solis grinder likely has had a bit of use, I am not sure how your results with a non pressurized system will taste. You may decide to upgrade the machine, the grinder, the portafilter, or some combination, but if you choose the Francis Francis machine and are still not pleased with the results, then the grinder could be the reason why. May 22, 2014

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Warranty Information for the Francis Francis X1 Espresso Machine

What it Covers:

SCG's Certified Refurbished Equipment

Including Saeco, Rocket, Rancilio, Francis Francis Refurbished Equipment

Length: 6 months
Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com
Notes: Read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Francis Francis X1 Espresso Machine

Empty and wash the water tank weekly.

Empty and and rinse the dump every few days.


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