Brew Tip: Francis Francis Portafilter

Lately, we’ve been digging the Francis Francis X1 and X7 espresso machines because they have great features for their price class — primarily auto-fill boiler and sophisticated temperature regulation. But like any machine, there are drawbacks, and one thing we don’t like about these machines is the plastic spouts on the portafilter. In fact, if you apply too much pressure, you run the risk of cracking the plastic.

Gail talks to us about this issue and gives us some tips on how to work around this design flaw.

2 comments for “Brew Tip: Francis Francis Portafilter

  1. Apurva
    March 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Hi Kat, thanks for a great demo here! I’m wondering if you’re using the 53mm or a 58mm tamper. I’m trying to use a 53mm on an old FF, and it doesn’t seem to fit the filter basket very well. Any thoughts?

    Cheers!

    • Kat
      March 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

      These are 57mm’s I believe, but the baskets and brew heads on these models have changed a lot through the years so your best bet is to measure if you can.

      - Kat

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