Other Sellers on Amazon
+ FREE Delivery
Flair Espresso Maker - Bundle Set
- Complete Flair Manual Press Solo plus the following items:
- Additional Complete Brewing Head to make 2 espressos in a row
- Stainless Steel Tamper for more precise tamping of your coffee grounds
- Five (5) Year Warranty on Aluminum Press Stand and Stainless Steel Brewing Head
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
Your question may be answered by sellers, manufacturers, or customers who purchased this item, who are all part of the Amazon community.
Please make sure that you've entered a valid question. You can edit your question or post anyway.
Please enter a question.
The Flair Bundle Set includes an additional Brewing Head and the Flair Stainless Steel Tamper .With the additional Brewing Head you brew a second espresso much faster, as you just swap the brewing heads between the 2 shots. With the steel tamper you get a more precise and polished tamping of your coffee grounds, increasing even more the consistency of your espresso shots.
Customers who bought this item also bought
|5 star 77% (77%)||77%|
|4 star 9% (9%)||9%|
|3 star 6% (6%)||6%|
|2 star 3% (3%)||3%|
|1 star 6% (6%)||6%|
Review this product
Top international reviews
First off, the positive is that the coffee from this Flair maker is GREAT. It is by far the best I’ve tasted from non-mechanical home makers. It is better than all the pod-systems and low to mid range electronic makers that I have tried too. Provided you attend to a few things like fresh beans, grind size, correct amounts of coffee and ensuring all the water container is heated up first, you will get a really good extraction of expresso-like coffee. I am really, really happy with it from this perspective.
The negative side is the build quality of the maker itself. The parts for the coffee making are very well made and the metal water and coffee container parts are really well thought through and constructed. The lever and base are less well made: the base does not sit flat on the work top so the whole thing wobbles dangerously as I lower the lever, despite the base having rubber feet to prevent this happening. I have to put it on a tea towel to stop it wobbling. The lever arm also has a lot of lateral play in in creating wobbles as you press down on it. It is only supposed to go up and down, so the wobble makes it more difficult to maintain an even pressure. THe movement also gives me concern as to how long it will last.
The flair comes with a nice carry case, and nice touches like a funnel to use for getting the grounds into the holder, and a nice little tamper. I would have happily forgone these for a better built main coffee maker.
SO, coffee great, but let down by the build quality, which is disappointing given the high price for this maker.
The process of pulling an espresso by hand is one of the more enjoyable parts of this machine. Since owning the flair I've really started to appreciate coffee and because you control all of aspects of the your shot you can test and try different ways to make your perfect espresso from bean, grind setting, water temperature to the pull. It's become a great way to start my day and enjoy coffee. Like any other hand pressed espresso machine It does take some time to pull an espresso shot (including boiling water) so if you just want a quick coffee it may not be ideal but it is makes an amazing shot and is rewarding to make it exactly how you want it. Another note, it's portable and comes in a nice travel kit which makes it easy to take on weekend trips or on the road if you ever feel like bringing it along (which I have).
I'd recommend buying one and at its price point and quality you cant beat it. Also buying a second portafilter if you plan on pulling more than one shot at a time is essential.
actually better than my home brevile barista espress (using the grind from that machine)
I use it at work and on weekends trip
El perfil del espresso es distinto al de máquina, sin embargo he logrado encontrar buen balance en el cuerpo y la crema.
The secret to it's success is its simplified design that makes preheating brewgroup easy by omitting everything superfluous to the process of making espresso. The human powered lever provides complete control of the extraction while it's occurring, creating the perfect feedback loop. If you ground the coffee too fine or tamped with too much force, you can still save the day (shot) albeit with some extra muscle--your pump machine would have just choked at this point. Now if you ground too coarse or didn't tamp well enough, you can ease up on the lever and still come in over 25 seconds of extraction.
Preinfusion is a feature of high-end machines. The Flair can do that to! Just start the extraction slowly, with light pressure for the first 10-15 degrees of rotation on lever, pause for 2-5 seconds and then complete the 25-40 second in total extraction as usual. The maintenance on the Flair is so much easier than on a home machine. No backflushes or descales necessary! In most cases, poor extractions and bitter or rancid coffee is a result of a machine in desperate need of service. With the Flair you have direct access to all brewgroup parts making it easy to keep clean, ensuring it delivers smooth tasting espresso each and every time.
For best results do the following: make sure to grind only FRESHLY ROASTED espresso beans to a FINE grind targeting extractions in the 25-40 second duration. TAMP roughly 17-18 grams of coffee loaded into portafilter with 30-40# of pressure (play with your bathroom scale to figure this out). Try a two-step process whereby you load portafilter to the top, tamp, then reload and tamp again making sure to leave room for dispersion screen. PREHEAT the cylinder and cup with rapidly boiling water. Brew only with water between 198-205 F (93-96 C) the cup too if you enjoy your espresso HOT. Darker roasts usually fare best when brew water is closer to 198F and lighter roasts closer to 205F. Setup the Flair close to the sink for easy clean-up, invert portafilter and blow from the side of spout to eject puck, alternatively knock puck out by tapping against a cutting board held over trash or dig the spent coffee out with finger or wooden spoon. If you are having a hard time removing the piston from cylinder, place plastic tamper upside down on counter and slide cylinder down on top until piston pops out. Do these things and you will be very happy with the Flair and find that it outperforms all portable and most home machines. If you're not getting a ton of crema in the cup, you're doing something wrong--re-read my instructions above!
pro-tip: PREHEAT the cylinder a few times when using lighter roasts--higher temps are required for best results.
Asthetic design: very nice. I think that is w what drew me to the machine in the first place.
Mechanical design: leaves a little too be desired. Filter group/piston cylinder is cumbersome. Preheating is difficult (setting cylinder in hot water). Removing the piston can be difficult as it binds due to expansion). The ability to make more than one shot or a long pull requires removal of group, cooling enough to handle, pulling the piston out then resetting on machine (no long pulls). Also found that packing and reassembly causes the parts to start being loose.
Brewing: getting the bring just right for this machine takes time and still difficult to get a consistent drama (using sane grind as other machines that give consistent drama). If the grid is right three mental press of 25 - 40 seconds creates a decent amount if pressure. Practice.
Cleaning: as stated before, cylinder is hot. Removal of puck requires either blowing through filter or tapping out, but because puck is wet is firms a suction making difficult to remove. Other than those items cleaning is easy enough.
Travel: good concept except not enough room left in case for extras like brew heads, tamper, etc. Sleek design otherwise. Also need a source for hot water.
Overall I gives this three stars. Not an everyday machine for me as it takes too much time and effort. Nice aesthetics and portability. For a portable machine I prefer the ROK.
I was disappointed to find that I would have to do without a milk steamer (I didn't need a frother!). But I tell ya what, I don't need it!!! WOW - I can't believe how good coffee tastes from my Flair Espresso Maker. And it's fun playing around with different grinds & coffees to see if I can achieve a decent crema. So far the best crema I can get is from the Six Bean Espresso sold by Coffeebeandirect.com. And fresh ground coffee vs. previously ground really makes a difference (as seen in my photo, that coffee was ground 2 days previously).
I bought a tiny stainless steel pan for my induction cooktop to heat up my chocolate milk (only mochas for me!) while I put together the Flair. We also have an Instant Hot Water Dispenser at our sink so I can preheat all of the components from that instead of soaking. By the time my milk is hot on the stove I'm done pressing the shot of coffee. I absolutely love it & I feel so dumb for using a Mr. Coffee machine for so long. Totally worth the $159. Happy Pressing!! :) :)
First off. I'm a machinist for a living, and the quality and craftsmanship is superb. quality I would be proud to sell.
Second, the quality of this brew is outstanding. My wife and I have several coffe shops in the area we live in that we enjoy going to, and since we bought this, we realized that the quality of their coffee (that we were so happy with before) pales in comparison to the body, smoothness, and repeatability of this brew.
Portability. What I have found, is the press and the travel case are extremely well thought out along the lines of being able to easily repackage. However, there is more to using this press than just making the coffee. I.E. grinder, coffee beans, cup to brew into, water, a way to boil water, measuring utensils, etc. So yes, it is portable and easy to take with you, but all the extras that you may need will probably take up a small suitcase. If you're like me.
Instructions. Clear and concise, I didnt even have to look up a manufacturer's video on how to brew like I was planning on doing once I received it. Once again, impressed with the company. Every detail is thought out.
One final word. If you're looking for a quick cup every morning and dont make a habit of waking up in time to go through the process, this coffee press may not be for you. There is a process, and yes there are shortcuts, but this does require an art form and a little devoted time to execute.
1. the arm supporting the red base is now sturdier (I broke mine literally pressing down with my entire body weight - 175 lbs)
2. the filter has narrower silicone enclosing - the first version had longer silicone enclosing which I clipped with the stainless steel cylinder
3. The piston fits perfectly in the cylinder in the new version and the metal cap of the piston fits in and is glued in flawlessly (I also broke the previous version)
These are all modifications that Flair made at my suggestion and the suggestion of their clients and they were implemented extraordinarily fast. There is dedication to quality and consumer support that is top notch.
4. it seems that the cylinder, in the new version, has a black silicone sleeve that is built-in. Aesthetically, I like the old version with an all-stainless-steel cylinder and a red separate silicone sheet.
Coffee quality: it's outstanding. First, I appreciate that I can select both water temperature as well as pressure. Then I can tamper the beans hard - atypical for a portable machine - and the pressure, at 60 lbs of force applied to the handle, gets to be about 20 bar (1:10 lever, about 1 sq in piston head). So true espresso, with generous crema - about 80% of the water in my shots comes out creamy (while the first 20% is black concentrated coffee). There are endless ways to experiment! No other machine offers so much freedom. One word of advice: preheat the cylinder. I cannot stress enough the importance of getting the temperature right overall. Other than that, you can do anything, even make cold espresso.
Cleaning: it's fairly easy. I take the cylinder out with the piston in it first, throw the used coffee out (take a bit of shaking but very doable), then clean the cylinder. Very easy steps, and they become easier as the routine sets in. For an immediate next shot I dry everything with a towel first.
I use it daily. It's an awesome product.
UPDATE 1: After about half a year of use, the machine holds up. There is a stainless steel piston available. The quality of the espresso is simply out of this world.
UPDATE 2: I own several espresso machines, from purely manual (e.g. Wacaco Minipresso, Cafflan Kompresso) to stovetops (Bellman) to superautomatic (DeLonghi Magnifica). The Flair produces THE VERY BEST ESPRESSO - better than all those. I like something in each of those, but if I was constrain to pick the one giving me the best taste, it would be the Flair.