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FrancisFrancis! X7 iperEspresso Machine

If you're looking for something a little off the wall, then the FrancisFrancis! X7 iperEspresso Machine is probably EXACTLY what you're looking for! Why settle for a boring, run of the mill espresso maker when you can own something that makes a statement; a very loud statement!

I love Illy coffee more than almost anything in the world, and when I discovered several years ago that Illy was making it's own line of espresso machines (FrancisFrancis - named after Illy's founder Francesco Illy) I was pretty excited. When I actually saw their design, I flipped out. The world flipped out too because to this day FrancisFrancis! espresso makers are some of the most photographed espresso machines in the world!

Let's Talk About The Machines Themselves

FrancisFrancis! X7 IperSure they look freakin awesome, but do they perform well? The first thing you need to know is that while this IS a pump driven machine, it doesn't use regular coffee beans (or grounds), instead it uses Illy coffee capsules.

I usually disapprove of capsules because it locks you into only using the brand of coffee that the capsule company produces, but in this case we're talking Illy here, and they make the best coffee in the world! So no worries...

The machine also comes with a forty ounce water tank that is completely removable for easy cleaning. It also comes with a stem wand so that you can make your favorite cappuccino, mocha, or latte type drinks. The standard 15 bars of pressure are used in its one-touch brewing system. Oh, and it has an auto stop feature too so that you get just the right amount of espresso every single time.

The company claims that these machines use a distinctive and revolutionary two-step process to create espresso. The first step is something they call hyper-infusion. I'm not sure exactly what that means but it sounds pretty neat. The second step is emulsion. Again, who really knows what that means? But I trust them when they explain that this system results in a very thick, almost velvet-like crema.

Oh - and it's red too...don't forget that!

What Are People Saying About It?

As with most of your higher-end espresso machines, there aren't a whole lot of reviews out there. Amazon, for instance, only has eighteen reviews. Seven of them are 5-star; four of them are 4-star; three of them are 3-star; and one of them are 2-star. That's an average of three and a half stars...which isn't great but I'd argue that the sample space isn't really big enough to get a good readout from these numbers.

The people that like the X7 tend to LOVE the X7. The people that gave it less than perfect reviews tended to have petty problems like a leaky steam wand or a decrease in pressure after 6-8 straight shots (hey, if you need a machine to make a half dozen shots of espresso at one time, buy an automatic machine - single shot manual machines aren't built for that kind of consistent use!).

After reading hundreds of reviews for different espresso makers, I'd label the X7 reviews as positive.

What's The Bottom Line?

I usually recommend people stay away from specialty machines, and make no mistake - FrancisFrancis! machines are specialty machines (stylish, pod-driven, etc). But in this case I'm more than willing to make an exception.

If you want a machine that looks really cool, will jazz up your kitchen and grab everyone's attention as soon as they walk in; and at the same time brews great tasting espresso powered by the best tasting coffee in the world, then the FrancisFrancis! X7 iperEspresso Machine is exactly what you're looking for. Get a $270 DISCOUNT with the link below only while supplies last!