illycaffe Francis Francis : Very Happy Recommended.

The best coffe machine ever .

I bought this earlier in the year after seeing that illy did a coffee pod system on a tv programme as this is my favourite coffee, rather than the planned purchase of a nespresso system. I have to say that i have not been dissapointed, the frances frances built machine makes perfect italian coffee everytime. It also is well made, nice to touch and looks great on the kitchen counter. I bought this to replace an existing coffee machine which used loose coffee as i found this gave inconsistent results, depended heavily on the brand and ground size of the coffee, and it’s worst feature was a milk system with a plastic nozzle that cross threaded easily making cleaning a nightmare. The illy system is better in everyway, the machine is fast to heat up, creates the right amount of coffee at a single press of a button, the milk frother creates nice foam and there is no cleaning to talk of. For example the illy nozzle simply pulls off, comes apart in to two pieces, and then you rinse through with warm soapy water. The whole system is so fast and so easy to use that i haven’t drunk instant coffee at home in months now. The machine came with test pods for the dark (black) and normal (red) blends, however after testing a few we found that the longo (blue) pods give probably the nicest coffee for a latte. We found the best deal for the coffee was to buy online from the local illy distributor as many of the other sources whilst looking cheaper charge a huge amount for postage making the price per pod overall higher. I recommend the purchase of a small milk jug of less then 500ml, as the 500ml one i bought is a bit too deep for the nozzle, and a thermometer as judging milk heating by time gave patchy results where as the thermometer means the right temperature everytime.

Machine makes excellent coffee. Make sure you order some capsules if buying this as the free samples you get in the box are all out of date. Would have given this 5 stars if it wasn’t for out of date samples.

This is the best purchase i have made in a long time. Perfect coffee and looks stunning. I have no problems getting the capsules ,certainly getting my money’s worth out of it.

  • A Novel Coffee Maker
  • Quality and design
  • Awesome coffee, just like in coffee shops

Francis Francis for Illy X7.1 Expresso Coffee Maker, Black

  • Modern and appealing design
  • No contact between the machine and coffee inside the capsule for a clean system
  • 28cm W x 33.5cm D x 32cm H
  • Works exclusivley with the illy iperEspresso capsules
  • Includes 1 x 14 capsule can of classic illy coffee

I purchased this as a secondary coffee machine for my office. I have a spare table to put this on but no sink, so it was vital that the machine produced great tasting coffee with minimal mess. I have to say i am hugely impressed with this machine. The coffee is of excellent quality and the espresso has a good depth of flavour with a thick cream. It is at least as good as what you get in most high street coffee shops and in my opinion far exceeds the quality of nespresso, which i always found pleasant enough but slightly lacking in flavour. I’ve also been very impressed with the milk wand, which is a “panarello” type. If you’re not sure what this is, do a little googling. It’s essentially a small device which takes some of the guess worth out of steaming milk. Some technique is still involved, but you should be able to get good results for a cappuccino or latte very quickly and easily. Overall evaluation: is this as good as the top end machines on the market or those where beans are freshly ground?.

Made a bad mistake by buying a replacement secondhand machine from a well known auction site. Buy cheap buy twice they say. Anyway, found this one at a good price here. It looks fantastic and works like a dream. The dark roast capsules are our favourite. So quick, to get a perfect coffee. It also came with a variety of different capsules to try.

Extremely pleased with purchase, well impressed.

New machine to replace the same model now 5 years old and leaking.

This is significantly better coffee than the the nespresso machine this replaced ever made, and it has a milk frother.Words fail me on how happy i am to have really good espresso again.

I bought it to substitute the old one. It makes an excellent illy coffee and its design is appealing. Easy to use it allows to prepare a proper espresso and a fantastic cappuccino. The seller is polite and helpful. Highly recommended both the product and the seller.

Makes lovely illy coffee, easy to clean. Arrived very quickly with free coffee capsules that are not out of date, as other people reported having. Seems easy to use, you just have to prepare the coffee first before using the steamer to heat the milk, otherwise its too hot to go back to using the coffee capsules.

I bought illy caffe machine illy 949790 x7 iperespresso – capsules coffee machineby illy 4 months ago now i have problem with steam pipe the plastic cover is leaking, i want new parts or what i need to do.

Italian coffee what could be better, this machine is so easy to use and makes fab coffee, the milk aerator is also good.

Very easy to use, makes great coffee, love itmilk frothed is the best i’ve seen and make cappuccino fairly idiot proof.

It came with 14 illy capsules, some medium and some dark roast. We prefer a long espresso, which were not included but are easily available on the internet at about 45p. It comes with a european plug so i had to go and buy an adaptor. The coffee capsules are plastic and non recyclable.

Easy to use and good blending, i like it.

Great quality coffee, greta design and no fuss. Had a number of pod machines, best hand down.

This is my favourite coffee machine and i use it every day. It looks great on my granite work surface and as i am slighty challenged with the use of my right hand i find it so simple to push a button for the steam element instead of the older version where you have to twist a silver knob. It is really simple to use and understand and i love it.

Bit of background, as everyone had their own levels of coffee needs. I drink coffee every morning. Usually espresso, sometimes a cappuccino/flat white. I’ve been in the hunt for a new coffee machine since my krups one died a few months ago. I used to buy illy coffee for it but the pump was never quite strong enough for the finer ground illy. I was also tired of messing around with ground coffee first thing in the morning so was tempted by these new pod systems, but skeptical they would deliver the quality espresso i’m after. A couple of friends have nespresso machines, and while the coffee is ok, its not what i’d call quality compared to a decent fresh ground brew. I was, however impressed by the cleanness and simplicity of the pod system so when i saw illy were offering their own coffee pods, i was ecsatatic. So, without wanting to spend hundreds of pounds on a machine capable of doing my beloved fresh-ground illy coffee justice, i decided iperespresso (illy’s pod system) might be worth a go. 1;so with excitement and trepidation, i took the plunge and ordered the black x7. 1 and a few cans of standard (red) and lungo (blue) pods. Set up:machine is easy to set up. Fill the tank, plug in, cycle some water through (just to flush out the dust) and you’re off.

Makes excellent coffee, it’s slightly complicated to make a latte but still you get the hang of it rather quickly, and the result is worth the effort.

Good value, quick delivery thank you.

Loved the look of this device and it was easy to use, as well as keep clean. I also purchased the metal milk jug to froth the milk in and a selection of illy coffees. All arrived well packaged and were delivered on time.

Comments

  1. 1.0 out of 5 stars bad taste of the water after 1 use
    The water (bottled) has a very bad taste and spoil the coffee every 1-2 coffee you make. We were changing the water every week otherwise but having to clean everything and let it turn empty a few time until the smell disappears, and not to mention the number of coffee that finished in the sink is putting us off this machine.
  2. Colour: Black

    This review is from : Francis Francis for Illy X7.1 Expresso Coffee Maker, Black

    The water (bottled) has a very bad taste and spoil the coffee every 1-2 coffee you make. We were changing the water every week otherwise but having to clean everything and let it turn empty a few time until the smell disappears, and not to mention the number of coffee that finished in the sink is putting us off this machine.
  3. 1.0 out of 5 stars Steamer fitting not fit for purpose.

    This review is from : Francis Francis for Illy X7.1 Expresso Coffee Maker, Black

    Initially we were very pleased with this machine, it produced excellent coffee. However after a few months it stopped producing any ‘froth’ from the steamer. We had to replace the plastic/rubber fitting at the end of the metal steam rod at a cost of £23. Since then the fitting has failed again two more times, always failing at about 3-4 months, at a replacement cost of £23 each time. We have always followed the cleaning instructions to the letter but it seems that the fitment is not fit for purpose.
    1. Colour: Black Verified Purchase
      Initially we were very pleased with this machine, it produced excellent coffee. However after a few months it stopped producing any ‘froth’ from the steamer. We had to replace the plastic/rubber fitting at the end of the metal steam rod at a cost of £23. Since then the fitting has failed again two more times, always failing at about 3-4 months, at a replacement cost of £23 each time. We have always followed the cleaning instructions to the letter but it seems that the fitment is not fit for purpose.

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