Francis Francis Y1 by Illy
The Illy Francis Francis Y1 is a capsule exclusive espresso machine that uses the Illy iperEspresso capsules to make really quick espresso drinks with the compact and handy machine.
Ease of Use/Performance: 25/25
How much I enjoy 24/25
The Illy Francis Francis Y1 iperEspresso Machine is a new capsule espresso machine that easily makes espresso’s in a very short time without hassle. The Y1 machine only takes a minute to warm up and you simply put a capsule into the capsule compartment and use the lever to lock down the top compartment then press the brew button.
The Illy Francis Francis Y1 which costs about $175 uses iperEspresso capsules made exclusively by Illy and only these capsules to brew a single espresso. The Y1 comes with the machine itself but you will have to order some espresso capsules to get you started as they are not included with the machine.
Since this machine uses capsules and does not use any kind of grounds you do not need anything but the machine, it does have two pull out pieces in the water tank and empty capsule drawer. The machine is easy to understand and use, simply plug it in, fill the water tank and run some water through it to clean it out.
Once you want to start your first cup of espresso simply place a capsule in the compartment using the pull up handle and push it closed. You have to make sure you catch the handles hooks into the base of the unit on the tower when closing but this is really the only tricky part.
Turn the machine on and once the white light around the button comes on the unit is ready to use, push the stainless steel button and the water will start to flow through the capsule into your cup. The machine is used expressly for smaller cups but it does have a little extra room when you remove the steel platform for your cup.
The Illy Francis Francis Y1 goes through a two step process when brewing with the water going through the grounds in the capsule then the brew getting aerated in the bottom of the capsule. The Y1 is easy to cleanup as the coffee never touches the machine parts, water goes through a small needle like piece in the top and then the capsule only.
I have noticed it does get a little coffee on the back of the tower above your cup tray but this is easily wiped off but also the capsule drawer needs rinsing out. When you’re done with the brewing simply cycle the handle to have the machine pickup and deposit the capsule into the drawer.
This also puts a little brewed espresso in the drawer that spills from the capsules when they go tumbling into the drawer. You should clean out this drawer every few days if you put capsules into it as the dripped coffee can start to mold if you leave it in for a week or more.
The etched glass top has plenty of room to place cups, not included, for warming on the decorated top which makes the Francis Francis Y1 look very distinguished. The machine is about 9.5 by 9.5 inches square so has a smaller space for your countertop and is shorter than most espresso machines.
Using the machine is simple but this is only used with the capsules from Illy so you need to continue purchasing them either on the internet or at local stores. My unit came with two cans, 21 capsules each, but you can purchase a variety of capsules at about $20 to $30 per can of 21.
I did not find any at my local stores but Bed, Bath and Beyond as well as other stores do carry them so you may find them locally depending on the store near you. Illy also offers a bargain with a recurring coffee capsule delivery for three cans of capsules and you get the machine for $125.
The recurring delivery is three cans a month of any variety at their price so you can always have capsules for your coffee available at home. The capsules are pretty good to use and the espresso you get is very good but not as good as from a regular espresso machine.
The machine may not be quite as good as regular espresso from a more conventional machine but it does make a really quick cup of coffee or espresso which is what it excels at. You can make one or even two espresso shots in about three minutes without any fuss with cleanup that does taste good, but the lack of crema is noticeable.
I find this machine is perfect if you need a quick shot or two of espresso for on the go drinks as you get ready to face the day. The Francis Francis Y1 makes an excellent machine for an office as well as home use if you need quick coffee or espresso while you’re heading out the door.
I used this more often when going on a trip or out for some errands in the morning and wanted to make a quick drink before tackling the day. The Illy Francis Francis Y1 makes an excellent espresso machine for on the go use for a really quick espresso for your espresso based drinks.