Saturday, 31 March 2012

Illy Espresso Machine X1 Trio

"For coffee purists, espresso is the quintessential coffee preparation – rich, aromatic and velvety all at once; a natural layer of crema on top belying a full-bodied, yet deftly balanced liquid below. When ideally realized, a small miracle of chemistry and physics: science and art gliding together on air."

The Illy Espresso Machine has been designed by Luca Trazzi and reminds on traditional 50ties design and is a great piece of retro glamour for any household - an eye catcher for people who like plain elegance.

Beside a dispenser for hot water (for tea) and a steaming wand (for capuccino or hot chocolate) the core functionality is of course the preparation of espresso - and this is carried out by the X1 Trio in a very convincing way. By simply turning the filter you can choose between ristretto, regular and lungo and thereby can have your coffee exactly the way you like it most. A feature I really appreciate and use heavily!

This machine supports the E.S.E pod standard, which means you can basically use the pods of each and every company which produces E.S.E pods. I can especially recommend the regular roasted Illy pods (Espresso Servings with the red Illy logo), which fit excellent to this fine Espresso Machine and provide you with a perfect result of a cup of black gold. They are well-balanced, tasting strong but smooth and come in a vacuum packed can.

You should daily allow yourself this overwhelming experience.

From the manufacturer:
Don’t be surprised if guests start snapping pictures of your X1 Trio E.S.E. machine. Architectural and home furnishing magazines regularly do. A striking yet clean design by renowned Italian architect Luca Trazzi may have something to do with it.

In the cup, there’s yet more beauty. The X1 makes preparing an espresso sized as you prefer a simple pleasure: ristretto (short), regular or lungo (long). One slight turn of the filter system, and the choice is yours.

Add the sheer simplicity of illy’s pioneering E.S.E. (“Easy Serving Espresso”) pod system, and you have it all: café-quality espresso with remarkable convenience. Each E.S.E. filter pod contains just the right measure of expertly ground and tamped illy coffee — a singular blend of nine, optimal quality Arabica beans, sourced from four continents.

With a steaming wand for cappuccino and automatic descaling for minimal maintenance, there’s yet more to envy. Choose the hue that fits you best: red, white, black, stainless steel, almond, yellow, orange or blue.

TRIO system easily produces short, normal or long espressos
- compatible with any E.S.E. pod
- steaming wand for cappuccino
- dispenses hot water for tea
- intuitive beep and light indicators
- brass boiler
- 1-liter water tank

Manufacturer: Illy

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