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Francis Francis! X5 Review


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Posted March 6, 2015 by

The Francis Francis X5 is a compact and nice-looking semi-automatic espresso machine. The machine is made of quality materials, such as brass, and quality components as well. Owners of the machine report that it has worked well for them for many years, and the machine has a reputation for making high-quality coffee.

The design of the unit is like no other espresso machine. The common way of designing an espresso machine is to build it using round, organic shapes. This is not the case for the X5. The cabinet is made of symmetrical square elements. You will either love or hate the design. There is no middle way.

We rate the Francis Francis! X5 a 6.0 out of 10.

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Francis Francis! X5 at a Glance

Heat up time: 360 sec.

Francis Francis! X5 heat up time

Just 4 out of 50 semi automatic coffee maker in the survey is slower than the Francis Francis X5. See the complete heat up time survey.

Energy consumption: 1100 Watts

Francis Francis! X5 energy consumption

The unit uses 1100 Watts and just 35% of the semi automatic espresso machines in the survey uses less Watts. See the complete energy survey result.

Price: 500 Dollars

Francis Francis! X5 price

Francis Francis X5 costs $500 and only 25% of the semi automatic espresso machines costs more than this unit.See the complete price survey result.

Water tank: 48 onces

Francis Francis! X5 water tank size

35% of all semi automatic espresso machines in the survey has a larger water tannk than the Francis Francis X5. See the complete water tank survey result.

Weight: 16 pounds

Francis Francis! X5 weight

50% of the semi automatic espresso machines are heavier than the Francis Francis X5. See the complete weight tank survey result.


Francis Francis! X5 size

Just two units in the survey are smaller than this unit. See the complete size survey result.

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  • Brass boiler
  • Crome plated brass brewing handle
  • Can use ESE pods
  • All metal cabinet
  • Build in cup warmer
  • Supercrema brewing system
  • Steam / hot water wand swivels
  • Crome plated brass brewing handle
  • Steam / hot water swivel
  • Filters for ristretto, regular and lungo shots
  • Removable water tank
  • Removable drip tray


Benchmarked against 50 semi automatic espresso machines

Overall score 6.0 out of 10
Bestseller 20 out of 50
Price level $500 20% higher than the average price
Weight 16 pounds 5% less than the average weight
Size 10,8,11 inches 40% smaller than average
Water tank size 48 ounces 5% bigger than the average size
Heat up time 360 seconds 250% slower that average
Energy comsumption 1100 W 10% less than the average consumption

You can find more information on the complete analysis and its assumptions here.

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Francis Francis! X5 review sum up


    1. Nice design
    2. Can use ESE pods
    3. Compact size


    1. Slow heat up time
    2. Can not brew into tall glasses
    3. The cup warmer has no effect

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