Founded in 1994 by Francesco Illy, FrancisFrancis! is an espresso coffee machine manufacturer owned by Illy since 2004. Italian architect Luca Trazzi was responsible for the aesthetics. Since Illy ownership, FrancisFrancis! became the espresso machines of choice to go combined with Illy Coffee. The Francis Francis! espresso makers were one of the first to feature the option for the E.S.E. pods. Since 2009, an X7 model was introduced which uses illy's Iperespresso capsules. In 2011, this machine was upgraded to the X7.1 with improvements to heating time and the time taken to return to coffee making temperature from steaming (3 seconds).