[Homeroast] Flair Espresso Maker

John Nanci john at chocolatealchemy.com
Tue Nov 1 15:12:07 CDT 2016


I asked him about the mixing, and here is his reply.

> I appreciate you being a designer and probably an espresso enthusiast 
> as well. I had a screen in my first prototypes for the first 2 years. 
> As I went through a lot of trial and error development, I found out 
> that, at least for the specific design that we have, having the screen 
> on the top of the tamped grounds makes no difference. The metrics were 
> the taste, the appearance, the aroma, and the crema.
>
>  You may think that this is impossible, but there are some striking 
> differences in design between the Flair brewing head and brewing heads 
> of conventional espresso machines. Our portafilter has a smaller 
> diameter and it is twice as deep as regular espresso machines 
> portafilters. The surface and volume of grounds immediately exposed to 
> water is significantly smaller.
>
>  Sure there is some floating of grounds in the beginning of the 
> extraction, but that is compensated by the sudden spike of pressure 
> the happens in the Flair. The pressure goes from 1 BAR to 12-16 BAR 
> almost instantaneously. There is no air in our pressure chamber; none. 
> The piston is directly on the top of the hot water, and as you press 
> the lever down, you immediately build the pressure that then will stay 
> constant all the through the extraction.
>
>  By removing the screen, we were also able to give a final push on the 
> top of the puck, and that worked like a charm.
>
> I know it is hard to accept that the screen can be removed without 
> causing loss of quality, so I don’t blame you for being skeptical. But 
> trust me, with the Flair, it worked best without the screen.
>
And he also further mentioned that if there was enough desire for a 
screen, then he didn't see an issue adding one back.

John


On 11/1/2016 9:13 AM, Greg Kerns wrote:
> In looking at this, I am not sure it is much different than an aeropress, except a fancier design with a lever.  From the video, the water looks like it mixes with the grind prior to being pulled, which is the same aeropress concept.  Cool, maybe if you like gadgets, but not sure it would pass as more than that.
>
> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/flairespresso/flair-espresso-maker
>
>
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>
> Ditto.  Worst case, kickstarter.com and search for espresso. It's the first hit.
>
>
> On 11/1/2016 8:37 AM, Barbara C. Greenspon wrote:
>> Try it again.  I just did, and it worked again for me.
>>
>>
>>> On Nov 1, 2016, at 10:26 AM, Scace, Gregory E. Mr. (Fed) <gregory.scace at nist.gov> wrote:
>>>
>>> Bad link for me.
>>>
>>>
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>>> That's great.  I have not yet, but I'm going to be pulling the trigger for 2.
>>>
>>>
>>> On 11/1/2016 7:10 AM, Barbara C. Greenspon wrote:
>>>> Whew!  Jumped right in on that one.
>>>>
>>>> It looks great and like it would be fun to use.  Never did a kickstarter thing before, but gotta start somewhere.  Hope it works.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks for the input.  We were intrigued.
>>>>
>>>> Barbara
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> On Nov 1, 2016, at 6:37 AM, John Nanci <john at chocolatealchemy.com> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> I ran across this the other day.
>>>>>
>>>>> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/flairespresso/flair-espresso-maker/description
>>>>>
>>>>> Have been having a nice conversation with the inventor.  I like the thought and care he has put into it and it's damn hard to beat the price point for checking one out.
>>>>>
>>>>> John
>>>>>
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