Handcrafted Flair Slow Espresso Press Review
Maybe the Flair Espresso Maker is for the kind of person who makes their own beer and candles and who only listens to music on vinyl. The Flair espresso machine is a tool that looks like sculpture and like any tool the quality of the output depends on the skill of the craftsman as much as the quality of the tool.
The Flair espresso maker is not a machine. It is truly, fully manual at every step. You really cannot grasp that until you see it. It is beautiful, maddingly labor intensive and makes truly excellent espresso. And it is absolutely not for everyone.
Even watching someone use this will teach you a lot about how espresso is really made from hot water and pressure. And you may just make one of the most amazing shots of espresso you ever had. It is actually fun to watch someone else make espresso. Whether it is fun to use says a lot about you. It is a lot of parts and steps. You really have to commit to the work of learning how to use this and following the steps or you will make terrible espresso.
Slow Espresso For The Coffee Craftsman
If the phrases “slow espresso” and “handcrafted espresso” get your interest, then read on. The Flair espresso maker is available in three levels. The Original Flair, Flair Signature and the Flair Pro 2. We are looking at the Original model here.
Each one is as expensive as a manual or low-end automatic espresso maker. People don’t buy these to save money and they certainly don’t buy a Flair to save time. It takes a long time to make a single shot.
Although it uses a lever for you to apply the pressure and produces only between 6-9 bar of pressure (compared to 15 bar for most espresso machines) it makes surprisingly great espresso with a viscous mouth feel and a thick rich crema.
It is made of really nice materials. It has sweeping lines and beautiful finish. It has a detachable brewing head so you can remove the head for cleaning.
Puts You In Control (For Better and Worse)
Obviously, there is a lot to mess up along the way compared to a super automatic. Everything from the grind to the water temperature to the tamping to the pressure and brew length is 100% in your control. For better or worse. So, if you
The biggest shortfall of the Flair espresso maker is the user. Ask yourself if you will really use this? If you are not willing to go through these many steps every time you want some espresso, then don’t buy one. Buy a great one-touch super automatic espresso machine. If you want an amazingly beautiful tool that will teach you as much about espresso as any school and will be a great conversation piece, then go for it. It’s great.
How to Use The Flair Espresso Machine
- Measure your grinds using your measure. Interestingly this is the only time in the demo that they use an electric device.
- Use your own grinder to grind the beans. You might as well use a hand grinder since you came this far
- Heat water to 195- and 205-degrees Fahrenheit then pour hot water over the brew head to preheat it
- Manually tamp the grounds
- Assemble the parts
- Pour the water in the top reservoir
- Attached the pressure gauge
- Time everything
- Press and hold
The Flair Original
Gorgeous and capable of making amazing espresso if you have the patience and discipline.
There are a number of accessories that come with the Flair and a few optional accessories as well
Optional Accessories for the Original Flair
The Classic Solo comes standard with a really nice carrying case.
The Classic Plus comes with a stainless-steel tamper. You could use your own hand tamper if you prefer
The Pressure Kit includes the tamper and a pressure gauge to allow users to brew with precision targeting the “Espresso Zone.”
How to Brew Espresso With the Flair Espresso Maker
Flair Instructional Video
Other Flair Espresso Maker Reviews
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Flair Espresso Machine Specifications
- Flair Espresso Machine Weight: 5lbs (2.27kg)
- Weight 4.9 Pounds
- Case Size: 12.5″L x 9″W x 3.25″H (32cm x 23cm x 8cm)
- Assembled Size: 12″L x 6″W x 10″H (30cm x 15cm x 25cm)
- Cylinder Water Capacity: 60ml
- Lever Pressure: 6 BAR to 10 BAR
- Shot Extraction Time: Target between 30 and 45 seconds
- Shot Volume: Roughly 45ml
- Coffee Grounds Input Weight: Recommend between 13 and 18 grams