Flair Espresso Maker – Manual Press
Flair Manual Press is an elegant and solid espresso maker with a minimalistic design, that is claimed to brew professional quality rich and full-bodied double shot espresso consistently. You will first need to tamp the grounds with the measuring cup provided, put the cylinder on top of the portafilter, add hot water into the cylinder up to the max line and press the black lever down.
There are no electronics on this unit, and you’ll get a shot of approximately 50ml within 30 to 45 seconds. The portafilter can hold between 16 and 24 grams of coffee ground but this will also depend on the type of beans. There are no expensive coffee pods you need to buy all the time. Please make sure you use fresh coffee beans and even better if your grind them yourself. It can brew double espresso easily and the result is thick and delicious consistently as long as you do it right and with fresh coffee beans. It has a beautiful streamlined yet simple design and is built very sturdily. It weighs just 4 pounds with dimensions of 12 x 6 x 10 inches- is very portable, easy to move and store and is shipped with a convenient carrying bag.
Flair Espresso Maker is simple to use and clean when you’re done with coffee brewing (with the detachable brewing head) and store. You can experiment with your tamp and grind, to get beautiful rich crema on top and beautiful smooth espresso. You just need to choose the right coffee beans, do it all by hand after adjusting the pressure between 9 and 16 BAR. It brews pretty much the same double espresso that you can expect from an expensive espresso machine- same quality and taste. This is the only espresso maker on the market that comes with a removable brewing head.
The brew head is made of stainless steel and the press stand is made of aluminum. You do not need a great deal of expertise to make this espresso maker work for you. The best thing about it is it gives you much more control over the flavor and texture of your espresso, by giving you control over the temperature of your coffee and the pressure you apply but is quite easy to operate. It delivers better results than other manual espresso makers like Minipresso and Handpresso. Espresso Forge and Rok are your other alternatives but there are design and price differences- they are more expensive and Flair is lighter in weight, so it can be a cool travel machine too. There is nothing that you need to plug into a power outlet, nor any batteries and you do not need to worry that parts of the machine will break down.