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the detailed review - francis! francis! x3
Francis! Francis! X3 - Machine Specifications
Introduction | Overview | Specifications | First Days | Operation | Maintenance | Performance | Comparisons | Conclusion
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Product Supplier

Aabree Coffee Company,
Monday-Friday 6am-5pm PST
Saturday 8am-5pm PST

Product Pricing

The Francis! Francis! X3 is available in a variety of colours and models, and at two price points.

Francis Black

The prices listed above are the valid prices as of this review, but they are subject to change. Aabree Coffee's prices include shipping, and there are no sales taxes. Call them for a special package price with any of their quality grinders.

CoffeeGeek Testing

CoffeeGeek received the Francis! Francis! X3 in October, 2002.

Testing was conducted in three sessions:
- October, 2002,
- January - February, 2003
- July - August, 2003

Testing Tools Used:
- Fluke Series 52 II Dual Bead Probe Thermometer
- Salter Gram Scale (0.2g accuracy)
- Salter Scale (25lb capacity)
- CoffeeGeek Grouphead brew temperature tool

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As a new feature in the CoffeeGeek Detailed Reviews, we'll be listing as many specifications as we can find on a machine. Some of these results come from Manufacturer statements; most are measured by CoffeeGeek.

Name X3
Company Francis! Francis!
Manufacturer Quaha Italia
Designer Luca Trazzi
Country of Origin Italy
Manufacture Date January, 2001
Machine Type Consumer, Semi Automatic Espresso Machine
Height 29.7cm (11.7")
Height with Cups 34.3cm (13.5")
Width (widest point) 18cm (7.1")
Depth 26cm (10.25")
Depth with Plug 31.2cm (12.3")
Weight Empty n/a
Weight Full n/a
Reservoir Size 1.28l (43.5oz)
Boiler Size 175ml (5.9oz)
Filter Size 57mm
Portafilter Material Chromed Brass, Plastic
Portafilter Spring Yes
Portafilter Clasp No
Portafilter Spout Type Removable, Double Spout
Second Portafilter Yes, Pod Design
Filter Baskets Supplied Single, Double
Blind Filter Supplied No
Backflush Capable No
Machine Materials, Outer Stainless Steel, Plastic
Boiler Material Marine Grade Brass
Grouphead Material Chromed Brass
Steam Wand Yes, Froth Aider Style
Steam Wand Movement 360 Degree
Wand Clearance 9.2cm (3.6")
Hot Water Capable Yes
Drip Tray Volume 370ml (12.5oz)
Cup Height to Portafilter 7.6cm (3")
Machine Controls Power, Pump Activation, Steam Thermostat Activation
Machine Control Type Mechanical, On/Off Switches, Steam Knob
Indicator Lights Two: Power, Boiler Active
Pressure Relief Valve No
Heat Exchanger No
Dual Boiler No
Dual Use Single Boiler Yes
Cup Warmer Yes
Cup Storage Space Six Cups and Tamper
Cup Warming Temps 45C
Watts 110-120
Volts 1100
Suggested Retail $399
Lowest Retail $399
Safety Certified Yes, (c)UL USA Listed
Included in Box Two portafilters, one for traditional ground coffee, one for pods. Tamper. Manual. Can of Illy Pods. Warranty Card, Post Card.
Warranty Yes, One Year, from Reseller

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