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Deal of the week: Francis Francis X7 red

Save over £35 on this coffee machine
Francis Francis X1 red

Visit Amazon to save £35.82 on this Francis Francis X1 red

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee just around the corner, this red, silver and blue coffee machine caught our eye, especially as it’s been reduced by £35.82 at Amazon.

Originally £199, this patriotic Francis Francis X7 red coffee machine is a great way to bring a little British style to your kitchen without plastering the walls in Union Jacks.

You can also find a similar discount at Argos, but only if you pay using one of the Argos store credit cards.

Francis Francis capsule coffee machine

This model is a capsule-only coffee machine – which means instead of using loose coffee, you simply add a pre-packaged pot of coffee to your machine, press a button, and wait for espresso to drip out of the spout. Generally these machines are easy to clean, and the taste of the coffee is dependant on how well the machine extracts the flavour from the capsule.

We’ve reviewed 20 capsule, or pod as they can be called, machines. See the results of our lab tests in our coffee machine reviews.

Types of coffee machines

Capsule coffee machines, some might say, are the microwave meal equivalent of coffee making. Coffee aficionados might want to consider a traditional espresso machine, which uses a wide range of ground coffee, or a bean-to-cup model that grinds the beans from scratch – these tend to be the most expensive types. See our advice on choosing a coffee machine for help deciding.

How we test coffee machines

Using over 5kg of coffee and 20 litres of water, coffee expert and Specialist Coffee Association member Giles Hilton blind taste tested samples from each machine to determine which ones made the best coffee. 

We also looked at noise, maintenance, coffee temperature, time it takes, how much it makes and the quality of milk frothing. 

See our video on what makes a Best Buy coffee machine. 

Cleaning your machine

If you’re wondering about how easy it is to clean a coffee machine, why not take a look at our tips, including specialist advice for capsule coffee machines. Cleaning regularly generally helps to keep the coffee machine working well and stops leaks and blockages. Descaling is the most important factor for keeping problems at bay.

Deal of the week

Spotted this Francis Francis X7 red coffee machine for less elsewhere? Let us know – email with the details and we’ll update this page. All prices correct at 2pm, 31 May 2012.

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