Posted: Apr 9, 2008 5:13 am
Nadia's dad bought us a Francis Francis X1 for a wedding prezzie bout three years back and, despite the fact that the really hard water down 'ere in Bath has totally blocked the steamer nozzle (although I running a mix of vinegar thru the machine once a month to clean it), its makes an excellent shot with a good crema... the stovetop machines are OK, but you shouldn't really use the plain alloy ones, spring for a stainless steel model, as the aluminium gives yer, erm, what was it? Oh, yeah, alzheimer's! I find that the grind quality of the coffee and where you store it really makes a difference to the quality of the crema â€" the best, in my experience, is keeping Lavazza Gusto or, if funds permit, illy, in the freezer... I need a quad shot and a ciggie every morning just to get out the house!