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  1. Coffee Accessories
    Hi guys, I own a 1996 Gaggia classic coffee since 3 years, paired with a MDX grinder. I usually pull nice shots with it and I am quite happy, but I may have found an almost new Francis Francis x1 v2 for a 100.00, so I am wondering if the upgrade is worth it. Would the Francis Francis be a...
  2. Coffee Lounge
    Had my setup (Gaggia Classic and Eureaka Mignon) for a week or so, but just seemed to hit the sweet spot to generate some foam today. I have been reading up on the forum and watching videos on YouTube. Not only that, the coffee was certainly better than our French Press and that's with Waitrose...
  3. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    Hi,Grateful if anyone can shed light on this. I recently obtained a FFX1 2nd gen machine (takes ground coffee or pods) and when the pump is engaged water comes out from the steam wand not the group head? I took out the steam valve spindle (with the black knob on the end) and the thread and...
  4. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    Hi, my first post so hopefully it's in the right place. I inherited a Francis Francis X1, first generation with Aluminium boiler. I'd really like to use this machine but am concerned about the aluminium boiler and possible health risks so would like to find out about converting it to a brass...
  5. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    Hi, I inherited an unused FF x1 machine from my girlfriend and finally got the right portafilter only to find it leaks from the joint behind the steam valve where the two brass pieces fit together. Can this be taken apart and resealed? It looks like it should come apart, but I'm unsure how to...
  6. Coffee Accessories
    I'm a retired codger with time but minimal pennies. I'm reasonably adept with machinery and the mending thereof (I bought my Zanussi washing machine in the summer of 1986 and I've kept it going ever since - "they don't make 'em like that anymore"), and I will take the time and trouble to get...
  7. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    Hi all, I'm new to this forum (it's not easy to navigate! Is that just me?) I need some advice please, I have recently tried to re-activate our old Francis and Francis X1. There is something not working correctly! I am pretty sure the pump is getting water to the boiler, which seems to be...
  8. Introductions
    Hi Quick hello from a newbie Me & my good lady are both coffee lovers and stumbled upon this site whilst looking to repair our ageing Francis Francis X1. Its lasted remarkably well - we got it new in 1996 for about £150, but I cant believe how much theyve shot up in price, hence the repair...
  9. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    Hi Total noobie here, but feels like Im in the right place! My Francis Francis X1 has started to trip the fuses on the house when turned on , so I tore it down to replace the element Gutted to find its a very early X1 with aluminium boiler and the 'small' element (10mm between terminals)...
  10. Introductions
    Hi just joined last week, enjoyed looking around the site, lots of information (just took my beans out the fridge!). I have a Gaggia classic, had for years now but just started grinding beans, got a krups grinder 2 weeks ago. I also bought a Francis Francis x1 few weeks ago (blame e-bay) and...
  11. Coffee Accessories
    Hi, I keep seeing mentions of naked portafilters and IMS/VST baskets? Are these an option on the Francis Francis X1(latest model)? Are there many other FF owners around? Cheers, Nick.
  12. Coffee Accessories
    Hi, We've fairly recently bought a Francis Francis x1 and it seems we might be in the minority! Anyone else with one? Just wondered if anyone has any tips or has modded one in any way? Nick.
  13. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    Hopefully I am posting in the right place, I have been given a lovely looking pale blue x1 as a project to get me up and running . I have fixed the broken pump (which was the original problem) alls well there now . But as the machine was left sitting in my friends garage for almost two years the...
  14. Sold
    For sale is a superb Francis Francis X1. Just had a brand new element fitted, the boiler has been and totally descaled and all surfaces polished. Including handles for ground coffee and pods, filters, measuring spoon, tamper and descaler Looks great in any kitchen and rare to find in this...
  15. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    Hi All, First post and unfortunately a friend got me into coffee a few months ago, so now i've turned from the 40p coffee machine at work to freshly roasted beans in a Chambord or drip v60. I decided to invest in a coffee machine (Use this term lightly) I found myself (what I think a bargain)...
  16. Introductions
    Hi, just joined today. I sold my Francis Francis x1 recently and now looking for a new machine possibly a rancilio silvia so I'm after plenty of advice!! richard
  17. Rancilio Forum
    Hi, I have just sold my Francis Francis X1 and looking to buy a Rancilio Silvia, is this a good choice? Is there anything I should look out for? thanks Richard
  18. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    Hi all , I've just bought Francis Francis X1 on eBay but it cannot make an espresso well so I am considering repair service for it. Could anyone recommend a repair centre near Manchester or tips for my machine? It looks like a classic first generation, so it looks already out of warranty. The...
  19. Coffee Accessories
    just ordered a Rancilio Silvia and base. So excited. It will arrive tomorrow. No doubt, I will have teething problems but that's all part of the addiction.
  20. Coffee Accessories
    I have this grinder and I have quite happy with it. However, people on here seem to slate it - one person said in a review I was reading all I would get is dishwater. Obviously, I do not want to drink dishwater!! Should I be looking to upgrade and sell Dualit on ebay? What does everyone...
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