For all those coffee connoisseurs familiar with the high-quality Francis Francis line of espresso makers in retro shapes and colors, check out the newest addition to the family, produced in conjunction with Illy Espresso: The iperEspresso machine.
It works exclusively with Illy capsules. The capsules, designed and created by the famed Italian coffee company, work on a new two-process system to percolate your shot. The first step is hyperinfusion, which brings water and coffee in contact under the optimal pressure and the second part is an emulsion step wherein the coffee passes through a specially designed valve to form an exceptionally velvety rich crema.
The one-touch operation of this machine makes it really simple to use with the same quality as Francis Francis' previous ground espresso based machines. I was skeptical never really liking capsule espresso in the past, but it really does produce a hot, good quality shot without all the mess. Plus, it looks really cool on the counter!
Francis Francis X7 iperEspresso machine, currently specially priced at $395 in black or red; illyusa.com
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