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    Discussion on Flair Espresso

    Will post some interesting links for people that want to learn about and discuss its capabilities

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    I own it and love it. Every espresso machine regardless of lever or pump based is simply a way to deliver water at a specified temperature and pressure through a coffee puck and this device strips away all of the automation to allow the user to have full manual control of the shots which taste phenomenal the majority of the time when you use the appropriate technique/beans/grinder. All of you wimps that use machines that spoil you with frivolous luxuries like internally heated brew water should hide in shame....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melbroaster View Post
    All of you wimps that use machines that spoil you with frivolous luxuries like internally heated brew water should hide in shame....
    giggled like a schoolgirl! That sounds like a challenge to me. ;-P
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    It looks capable of pulling a mighty fine shot!

    How can it do that without a power plug

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    i have one too. it's amazing. it has stripped my desire to get a home machine. this thing pulls a flavourful and consistent shot.

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    I just received my Flair yesterday afternoon. I was using the same coffee that my preferred local cafe has been using to make my coffees so I would have some sort of baseline to ascertain whether I was even coming close to what I have deemed to be nice coffee. My first shot was rubbish - the grind was too coarse. I took a cursory sip as my wife and kids forced me to I had a laugh. Yuk. Down the sink. The second shot was ground fine with a firm tamp and pulled over 30 seconds. I must say that I wasn't expecting success so soon. This shot was actually better than my local cafe had been making. I realised that this coffee actually had decent dark chocolate tones and fruit tones, with zero bitterness. Just lovely. Not satisfied that I'd hit the nail on the head, I pulled a third shot - it was the same as the previous - YAY. 18g of coffee, firm tamp, preheating the cylinder twice, water at rolling boil immediately prior to use, 30 second pull, fine grind (only 1 click on my "poor"lex). I'm very keen to grab a Helor 101 now, but will have to wait for the GM signed order from my boss for that expenditure I had a laugh. At face value, it seems like an excellent unit for the price. I'll be playing more tonight!
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    Discussion on Flair Espresso

    Its awesome. The inventor continues to develop it and a stainless steel piston and naked pf are going be available soon

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    awesome! naked portafiltwr would be sweet!

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    I've been working towards a better shot from my new Flair this last week. It's been a little hit and miss for me - but I'm new to this so am feeling my way through. I retired my Porlex grinder and grabbed a Breville Smart Grinder Pro at a decent price to replace it. This allows me to obtain a MUCH finer grind. So far (as of last night's coffee), the sweet spot seems to be a grind of 18, with a grind time also of 18. Only a moderate tamp and a 30 second pull. I'm using Double Shot Roasters decaf beans currently. The resulting coffee was really nice, with a lot more crema than I've been able to get so far. I'm getting closer to a good extraction!

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