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Thread: Flair vs Little Guy for light duty use

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    Flair vs Little Guy for light duty use

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    I realize I'm cross shopping slightly different classes here but interested in the collected CS wisdom nonetheless.

    I'm looking for a beach house/travel espresso solution. Usually making two but sometimes four milk based drinks at a time plus the odd long and short black. Have a precision hand grinder I'm planning to use and have been quite enjoying the manual process of using it for decaf at home.

    I'd just about settled on the Flair signature bundle with two brewing heads when the AB little guy special price came to my attention. I'd need the induction top so a fair bit more for the little guy. If going with the Flair was going to use a Breville milk frother that I already own, it gets the temperature right but is not quite as sweet as steaming nor as consistent texture I find.

    The main thing holding me back with the little guy is the 8 minutes per two coffees, not so much the first two, but the third and fourth ones I'll occasionally be asked to do. Question for those with a Flair, once I get my workflow right will I better this with a flair and two brewheads?

    Thanks all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pecky View Post
    I realize I'm cross shopping slightly different classes here but interested in the collected CS wisdom nonetheless.

    I'm looking for a beach house/travel espresso solution. Usually making two but sometimes four milk based drinks at a time plus the odd long and short black. Have a precision hand grinder I'm planning to use and have been quite enjoying the manual process of using it for decaf at home.

    I'd just about settled on the Flair signature bundle with two brewing heads when the AB little guy special price came to my attention. I'd need the induction top so a fair bit more for the little guy. If going with the Flair was going to use a Breville milk frother that I already own, it gets the temperature right but is not quite as sweet as steaming nor as consistent texture I find.

    The main thing holding me back with the little guy is the 8 minutes per two coffees, not so much the first two, but the third and fourth ones I'll occasionally be asked to do. Question for those with a Flair, once I get my workflow right will I better this with a flair and two brewheads?

    Thanks all.
    I have a Flair Pecky, whilst its great for a couple of AM shots when traveling, don't think I would relish the thought of making multiple coffees for guests, it could be done but would be a bit of a chore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    I have a Flair Pecky, whilst its great for a couple of AM shots when traveling.....
    Had to read that twice. Still sounds quite risquť.........

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    If you have someone cleaning up one brewhead while you pull the shots, it's not that difficult to produce several shots in a reasonable time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    If you have someone cleaning up one brewhead while you pull the shots, it's not that difficult to produce several shots in a reasonable time...

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    That's an excellent thought, so long as I can rope someone in.

    I don't mind the guests Yelta, it's the mother-in-law and kids in residence at the beach house I'm worried about
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    I have a Little Guy and I love it. It makes delicious coffee both black and with milk. The 8 minutes or so to wait for it to brew isnít really an issue as you just work that into your routine. A bit like boiling the jug before putting your slippers on. I wouldnít really want to use it to make more than 2 drinks at the same time though. It can be done, and thereís actually a tutorial video on The Little Guy website showing how to do it, but itís just a bit of a nuisance really. If theyíre 20 minutes apart not a problem, but personally Iíd find making back to back drinks annoying. Just my opinion and Iím sure other people would do it without a second thought. An awesome piece of kit otherwise that will last forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    If you have someone cleaning up one brewhead while you pull the shots, it's not that difficult to produce several shots in a reasonable time...

    Mal.
    I occasionally take my flair to work. The rule is I will make you a coffee but you have to do the grinding.
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    Thanks for the input. I've ordered the Flair Signature bundled with an additional brewhead from Alternative Brewing, very keen to see how it goes.

    Cheers Pecky
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    Pretty sure you'll love it Pecky...

    Once you get the work-flow organised (to suit how you prefer to do things), it's a pleasure to use.

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    I'm looking at the same decision, could you let me know your thoughts on the flair once it you get it up and brweing?

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    Iíve tried and passed on a Little Guy and a ROK, I found them both pretty messy and didnít love the coffee. I just picked up a second hand flair this weekend and Iím already super impressed, it makes some seriously good espresso and I think Iíll be able to make a good workflow for two people.
    Iím still not sure what my travel solution will be for milk, but the espresso is so good Iím sure Iíll be able to figure it out.
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    The new Flair got a pretty good workout over the weekend, I'm in agreement with mjoyce in terms of the quality of the shots produced. Mainly did three lattes at a time over the weekend which meant using the two brew heads and splitting the whole lot three ways.
    There are a lot of "bits" spread out by the time you have the 2 x portafilters, showerscreens, brew body, dosing funnel, tamper etc all arrayed out. Still need to improve my work flow!

    I am enjoying the "slow coffee" approach of hand grinding then hand extracting the shots even more than I thought I would.

    Cheers Pecky
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