Illy Francis Francis Y1 Espresso Maker Review
The illy Francis Francis Y1 won't lure Espresso connoisseurs, but it makes a decent brew.
The brewing process on this espresso maker is very simple, taking only a couple of steps. Because it uses the pods, there is no grinding, tamping or other cleaning required, as the espresso is ground within the pod itself.
To set up the maker for pulling an espresso shot, you lift the lid of the brewing chamber, pop in one of the pods and close the lid again.
After putting your cup into place, you press and hold the touch control for the size of shot that you want. There are only two options: small and large.
The maker then heats the water and makes the espresso without you having to do anything. You don't even need to remove the pod afterwards: opening the lid of the brewing chamber lifts the old pod out of the way and drops it into the used pod holder.
Cleaning & Maintenance
There is very little cleaning or maintenance required: all you have to do is to fill the water reservoir once every 20 or so shots, and remove and empty the used pod holder once every 7 shots. Both of these tasks are simple to achieve. Because the pods are sealed, you don't have to rinse out or otherwise clean up the system.
There is no way to customize the shot: you can't control the brew temperature, pressure or the size of the shot. This may make it less than appealing for espresso enthusiasts who want to tweak these factors for the ultimate shot.
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