Question about FrancisFrancis! X1 - Stainless Steel Espresso Machine
My FF X1 is only 1 year old and just recently it's stopped working. The espresso does not flow out like it used to...drips out maybe 1 tsp at most. I de-scaled, no change. Prior I was using Black Cat espresso grind, and switched to Starbucks espresso grind. The starbucks worked normal for a handful of cups, so I'm thinking that the espresso type is not the problem. Any suggestions?
1) The coffee you are using may not be ground finely enough to provide a proper extraction time, resulting in water rushing through the ground coffee much too quickly. Think of it like water running through a handful of pebbles as opposed to a handful of sand. You want "sandier" coffee.
2) Your gasket (the rubber part that seals the portafilter to the group head) may be worn/damaged and is leaking water when you are brewing. Attempt to contact FF! or Saeco to secure a replacement gasket. When you are not using the machine, don't tighten the portafilter all the way in to the head, either leave it completely disengaged or only loosely attached. This saves wear on the gasket.
3) Your brew water may be too hot. Purge your boiler right before brewing by running water into a bowl without the portafilter locked in. After a few seconds the superheated water will be run out and you're ready to brew.
Posted on Apr 01, 2009
There are two different handles made for this unit (I own an X1 and have both). Both of these handles have baskets.
First - The pod handle has a basket area that is very shallow, about 1/3 of an inch deep and the basket has very small holes.
Second - The handle for loose grounds came with two baskets, one for a single dose, and one for a double dose. Both removable baskets have the very small holes for the espresso to drip through.
You must have a basket in the handle in order to use the machine. If you try to make espresso without a basket, you'll just make a mess. Besides, the machine will never be able build enough pressure to extract espresso from the grounds.
Search the net (ebay?) for francis francis x1 handle.
Posted on May 21, 2009
HI Unscrew the chrome tip from the wand. Then check the wand tube for a plug. Insert a paper clip into the wand tip to see if there is a restriction.
Posted on Feb 07, 2010
Perhaps the heating element is broken. Does it heat up at all? If not, the steamer won't work and there will be nothing for the gauge to register.
Posted on Feb 09, 2010
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