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I recentlty bought a Francis X1 (2000 model). I

I recentlty bought a Francis X1 (2000 model). I have no instructions for it. The only handle has holes in it, but there is no basket. Does it need a basket? Does it used ground coffee or pods? Can I buy a pod basket? I know nearly nothing about espresso machines.

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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.


Good luck

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