Help! Newbie with a X1!!


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Feb 28, 2006
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Hi guys, I'm a complete newbie to the world of both coffee and espresso machines so I have some questions..

First of all I purchased a used FrancisFrancis X1, the older version, but I got it cheap and it's all I can afford at the moment.

The problem is that the only equipment I got was the machine itself but only one filter with the number "2" on it. So my question is, can I use this with ground coffe or only with the pods!?

Also when I try to make an espresso, it turns out really black and all, but no crema at all. Is this because I haven't used a tamper or the wrong coffee?

Appreciate all the help I can get!

Thanks in advance,