Francis Francis X7 Espresso Machine - Certified Refurbished



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Retro is in (was it ever out?). With the Francis Francis X7 espresso machine, you can get your caffeine fix in style. Featuring easy-to-read temperature and steam icons letting you know when the X7 is ready to brew and froth, as well as a prominent steam valve knob for effortless steam control. This user-friendly machine also lets you pick your caffeinated pleasure by allowing you to brew your favorite ground coffee.

Features & Functionality of the Francis Francis X7 Espresso Machine

  • 15 BAR Pump - Extraction happens at 15 BAR pump pressure for ideal flavor.
  • Cup Warmer - The top part of the machine serves as a mini cup warming station.
  • Simplistic - Easily activate brewing and steaming with 2 handy buttons prominently located on the central display.
  • Acoustic Alarm - This machine sounds a friendly chime when ready to brew or steam.
  • Brew the Ground Coffee You Love - This version of the X7 allows you to brew your favorite ground coffee while also allowing the flexibility to brew using an E.S.E pod. Looking for Iper capsule capability? Check out the X7.1
  • Traditional Steam Wand - Steam like the pros with this fully functioning steam wand.
  • Smart Machine! - The X7 keeps track of its overall use and based on the amount of brew and steam cycles it prompts you to descale with its flashing triangular icon located on the front of the machine.
  • Just Right - This machine has all the functionality you need to brew a delicious espresso or fantastically froth a milk based drink.
  • Steal of a Deal - Considering all the capabilities of this machine, the refurbished model will make any financially savvy person jump for joy!
  • Small Cup Warmer - The design of the X7 makes the cup warmer a little small and inconvenient. The warmer has the ability to heat a few small shot glasses, but anything bigger is not ideal.
  • Retro - We love the retro design, but others may find it a bit much for their decor.
How Does it Compare?

This version of the X7 only brews ground coffee and is not built to brew E.S.E pods or capsules.

Tips and Tricks

The X7 stays ahead of the game by not allowing you to brew immediately after steaming, as the boiler is usually too hot and can compromise the coffee's flavor. The cooling phase can take up to 10 minutes, but you can decrease the wait time by turning the steam knob counterclockwise to generate steam until the X7 sounds a short beep and the coffee switch lights up.

The single portafilter basket measures in at 52mm and the double basket measures in at 56mm. If you enjoy a good designer tamper, be sure to purchase the correct size!


Manufacturer Francis Francis
Width 10.0 inches
Depth 12.0 inches
Height 13.0 inches
Watts 1100W
Volts 120V
Volume (Decibles) No
Programmability No
Case Material Plastic
Boiler Material Brass
Cup Clearance 4.5 inches
Reservoir Size 40.50 ounces
Solenoid Valve Yes
Cup Warmer Yes
Portafilter Size No
Available Portafilters Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 1 minute 30 seconds
Warm Up: Steam Time 30 seconds
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly No
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No


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Can I use the machine like most most semi auto without using capsule? I would like to do the process of filling coffee powder into a basket by myself.
WeiFong H on Apr 23, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, this Francis Francis X7 machine can use ESE pods or ground coffee.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 24, 2014
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Is this compatible with illy capsule?
A shopper on Jul 11, 2014
Best Answer: That is actually incorrect. This machine is built for ground espresso and the E.S.E. pods - it's right in the manual and I have used them in this machine. Even your description for this machine says it can use the E.S.E. pods. It's a fantastic machine. Wish you would get more in stock or remove it from the Refurbished page. -Happy SCG Refurb Machine Owner!
Reply · Report · ChicagoSean on Jan 23, 2016
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can you tell me please, what does it mean, that it is "Refurbished" ?
Tsaune on Mar 31, 2015
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Does this come with a tamper?
A shopper on Jan 29, 2016
Best Answer: Yes it does, and I have had my machine for about 16 months and it has been just great. Only negative is the removal of the water tank is a little fiddly, but it was with the last machine I had also and it was not a Francis X7
Reply · Report · WILLIAM P. B on Feb 5, 2016
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The description says "It does compatible with the Iper capsule though." -what does that mean? I want to use my own ground espresso AND the Iper capsules. Will this machine work for me?
If not, do you have a recommendation?
SteveCav on Jun 24, 2016
Best Answer: Hey Steve!

The X7 accepts ground coffee and ESE pods, but does not work with IperEspresso pods.

Thanks for the catch on that! I've updated the language on-site.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jun 27, 2016
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What size tamper would I use with this machine?
Sam A on Sep 18, 2014
Best Answer: The Francis Francis X7 Tips and Tricks mention the following regarding sizes:

The single portafilter basket measures in at 52mm and the double basket measures in at 56mm. If you enjoy a good designer tamper, be sure to purchase the correct size!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 18, 2014
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What size grinds should i use with this machine? I have a Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder. When I grind it on the finest setting, water spills all over the place.
A shopper on Dec 22, 2015
Best Answer: 1) It takes a lot of force to completely seal the chamber when you turn the portafilter into place. If you are looking down at the machine from above, picture a clock face starting the handle at about 8 o'clock, and it should be securely tightened at between 4 and 5 o'clock on the dial when you're done. You will have to grasp the top and put a good bit of pressure on the handle to get it turned far enough; 2) Don't overfill the portafilter, which makes it impossible to fully tighten it. For a double shot I find that two level UNcompacted scoops is sufficient; 3) Use at least 30 lbs of pressure to pack the coffee, and make sure you sweep off any loose grinds that might prevent a good seal; 4) keep the machine clean, particularly where you hook in the portafilter. A buildup of grinds may prevent a good seal; 5) finest setting on your grinder may be too fine - that may be for Turkish coffee, and this espresso machine is not meant for that. Again, the most important point is to FULLY engage that portafilter so you get a tight seal - following the other points raised above will help you get there.
Reply · Report · Eric B on Feb 5, 2016
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What size portafilter and does it come with any? Thank!
william s on Dec 13, 2015
Best Answer: It comes with one portafilter and a single and double basket. The single portafilter basket measures in at 52mm and the double basket measures in at 56mm. If you enjoy a good designer tamper, be sure to purchase the correct size!
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Dec 13, 2015
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What is the Reservoir made from metal or plastic?
justin b on Dec 10, 2015
Best Answer: Plastic. It does not specify whether or not it's BPA free, however, the BPA is only "activated" with heat and the reservoir does not get heated up
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Dec 11, 2015
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What parts of this machine are plastic and what parts are metal? And what kind of metal?
Karen W on Feb 23, 2016
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I love this thingReview by rnc
My first espresso machine. It looks new, works great, came with all the accessories the new one had, makes great espresso, and it's easy to use.
Just a good deal. And, the staff was great on the phone when I had a question. (Posted on 2/6/2016)
Great machine for great price!Review by Yay for espresso!!!
I upgraded to this machine from a cheaper machine. The espresso is very tasty and the frothing wand is great compared to the panarello that the other machine had. There is a lot more control and I notice the difference in micro foam already.

Overall I am very satisfied with this purchase! (Posted on 1/2/2016)
Excellent Machine!Review by ChicagoSean312
I purchased this machine after visiting the Bellevue location on a recent business trip and despite not getting to meet Gail (YouTube channel is amazing) I was able to test this machine and even though I was warned against purchasing refurbished (surprised an associate told me that - also same associate complained about capsule/pod machines and mentioned their environmental impact - than proceeded to point me towards a $1300+ machine).

I had the machine sent to Michigan as it was a Christmas gift for my mom and we have been completely obsessed with it since we opened it and being fans of Illy's espresso (ground not the ESE pods) we found that it pulls a great shot of espresso and froths milk quite well. The Francis Francis X7 (.0 not .1) is so great and my experience from SCG with buying a refurbed machine has been so great that I have decided to purchase a machine for myself! it's the perfect combination of manual/quasi-automatic that I'm looking for. I get to have fun tamping the espresso and pulling the shot while effortlessly frothing some milk as well and making a perfect latte/cappuccino.

Great machine! - great value! (Did I mention it's great?) and I am very happy with my experience with SCG and look forward to giving them more of my business. Francis Francis Machines for everyone! (Posted on 12/28/2015)
Works well!!!!Review by wbill
I purchased a refurb, and it just works. Can't ask for anything else.

(Posted on 11/10/2015)
works great.Review by vikes
I am happy with the purchase. it is an awesome value for a great higher end espresso machine. (Posted on 8/25/2014)
truly amazingReview by BA
I could not be more pleased. This was a refurbished machine and thus an incredible value. It looks and performs like new. Enjoying delicious Espresso and Cappuccino at home is a true delight. Thank you Seattle Coffee Gear! (Posted on 5/5/2014)

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Warranty Information for the Francis Francis X7 Espresso Machine

What it Covers: SCG's Certified Refurbished Equipment. Including Saeco, Delonghi, Rocket, Rancilio, Francis Francis Refurbished Equipment

Length: 6 months

Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear, read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.

Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes

Can SCG Repair? Yes, read more about our repair services

Caring for the Francis Francis X7 Espresso Machine

Empty and wash the water tank weekly.

Empty and and rinse the dump every few days.


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