With its eye-catching, retro design, the Francis Francis X7.1 doesn’t look like your typical capsule coffee machine. In fact, its portafilter (espresso holder) makes it look much more like a traditional espresso machine; but there’s a twist: The portafilter holds Illy capsules instead of standard espresso grounds. The grounds never make contact with the machine, which means you don’t have to deal with the clean-up that follows traditional espresso preparation.
Espresso purists may still feel the extra work needed for traditional espresso is worth it, but this machine is great for anyone seeking a quick morning caffeine fix. It also has a one-touch Pannarello-style frothing wand, giving you the option to top your drink with frothed milk for a café-worthy finish.