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Francis Francis X5 - D D's Review
Posted: May 19, 2007, 8:32pm
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Francis Francis X5
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.2
Manufacturer: Francis! Francis! Quality: 5
Average Price: $449.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $290.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Illy online Aesthetics 3
Owned for: 6 months Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: pretty to some but looks can be deceiving
Positive Product Points

Fair to high quality steaming
ease of use

Negative Product Points

poor crema

Detailed Commentary

I tried three of these through Illy offer.
I was sorely disappointed. Despite using both Illy preground and whole beans as well as my own home roast, I could never get this machine to make a halfways decent espresso: the cream was thin and watery.
I tried everything to no avail. I tried different roasts, grinds, and tamping. I tried the pods, bith the new and old versions: nothing worked. I have heard others say they had better luck. Not me
I have to say the local Illy rep. was fantastic and stuck with me , and they did refund my money sans shipping. But if you want a real machine, go elsewhere.

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