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Francis Francis 208003 X8 iperEspresso Machine

This is definitely a new spin on the classic FrancisFrancis! design. The Francis Francis 208003 X8 iperEspresso Machine is attempting to do what the original did - turn our heads. Does it succeed? You better believe it!

Illy is my all-time favorite coffee bean and when they came out with their own line of espresso makers a while back I was really excited. Normally I don't like it when coffee companies make their own machines because they usually do a really bad job of it. It seems like they produce them as an afterthought. Bad design, poor quality; just crank them out and the fans will lap them up!

That's definitely NOT the case with Illy and their famous FrancisFrancis! Machines. They hired a world renowned designer and sparred no expense to bring us a world class and one-of-a-kind machine. And apparently now they've done it again with the new X8 IperEspresso.

Let's Look At The Machine

Francis Francis 208003 X8 iperEspresso MachineRight off the bat you can see that this is an amazing looking machine. It's just so different than anything else on the market today. It's light-years different from even the zaniest machine out there.

This is a pump-driven machine (as much as it might look otherwise) so you don't have to worry about that! It has 15-bars of pressure just like you would expect it to.

Like its predecessors, it uses the Illy E.S.E. pods exclusively. Usually I don't like pod-only machines because of the poor coffee selection, but we're talking Illy here so you just don't have that problem.

The machine has very simple controls. It also has a LED display which I was surprised to see considering the relative inexpensiveness of the machine. It also has a frother wand so that you can make your favorite cappuccino, latte, or mocha drinks with ease.

This machine is different than your average machine in another way (not just it's looks). I'm talking about the iperEspresso method of preparing espresso. Basically this is a hyper espresso technique using a 2-step process. Step 1 is hyper infusion; step 2 is emulsion.

If you don't know what any of that means, don't worry. It basically just means that you'll get super creamy and thick crema with every shot. If you drink a lot of straight espresso, you're going to love that feature!

What Are Other People Saying About It?

At Amazon the machine only had sixteen reviews. That doesn't surprise me because Illy doesn't have a huge US footprint with their machines. Reviews were as good as could be. Eleven gave it a 5-star review and another two gave it 4-stars. It also received one 2-star and two 1-star reviews. That's an average of a little over 4 out of 5 stars which is about as high as you can expect.

What's The Bottom Line?

I really like this machine. There's simply nothing else on the market that looks as cool as it does. And at the relatively low price of around $325; it's worth it even just as an art piece for your kitchen! Then you get the added bonus of using it to make espresso too!

But really, all kidding aside, this machine will turn heads. Get ready to have everyone who see's it remark on it. It's a great conversation starter!

Part art piece, part pod espresso maker, the Francis Francis 208003 X8 iperEspresso Machine is priced right and ready to roll. If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, then I highly suggest you give it a try today.