Hypothesis -- the Flair is not the ultimate beginner's espresso machine.20 Jan 2002
The Flair is not the ultimate beginner’s espresso machine.
I’m definitely not saying that it’s not an accessible espresso machine for beginner’s, because that it is: both because of its price point (relatively lower than other espresso machines) and its unintimidating user interface (no scary boilers or digital displays — just a big lever, some coffee and a cup).
I would go as far as to say that it’s the ultimate master’s espresso machine.
This is why:
- It gives you (almost) full-control: you can make every single espresso recipe in any of John’s “four mother” recipe quadrants. I say almost. Something like the Decent espresso machine offers controls over brew temperature in a way the Flair would never be able to.
Paired with something like Naked Portafilter’s Smart Espresso Profiler for pressure and an Acacia scale for flow rate, you can measure everything you measure on something like a Decent espresso machine. Here’s a screenshot from https://www.naked-portafilter.com/smart-espresso-profiler/:
The Flair gives you incredible control. So much that, if you don’t really know what you’re doing, you might not know what to do with all this control (if you’re even aware of it in the first place). Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, the Flair might still give you amazing espresso (I know it does for me).