Flair Classic Manual Espresso Brew Guide

What You Need:

  • Flair Classic Espresso Maker
  • Freshly Ground Espresso Beans
  • Good Quality Water
  • Coffee Scale
  • Tamper
  • Kettle
  • Timer


Step 1: Preheat the Flair:

  1. Fill the kettle with fresh water and bring it to a boil.
  2. While the water is heating, assemble the Flair Classic Espresso Maker.
  3. Preheat the Flair by pouring hot water through the portafilter and into the cup. This ensures a consistent temperature for brewing.

Step 2: Measure and Grind Coffee:

  1. Weigh the desired amount of espresso beans using a coffee scale.
  2. Grind the coffee to a fine consistency, similar to table salt.

Step 3: Tamping:

  1. Place the portafilter on a stable surface.
  2. Add the freshly ground coffee to the portafilter basket.
  3. Use the provided tamper to evenly compress the coffee grounds. Apply firm and even pressure, but avoid over-tamping.

Step 4: Assemble the Flair:

  1. Lock the portafilter into the Flair.
  2. Position the Flair on a sturdy surface and ensure it's securely clamped down.

Step 5: Pre-infusion:

  1. Pour hot water into the Flair's pressure chamber.
  2. Lift the lever to pre-infuse the coffee grounds for about 5-10 seconds, allowing them to bloom.

Step 6: Brew:

  1. Lower the lever slowly to begin extracting the espresso. Aim for a total extraction time of around 25-30 seconds.
  2. Adjust the grind size, tamping pressure, or pre-infusion time if needed to achieve the desired extraction time.

Step 7: Serve and Enjoy:

  1. Once the espresso is extracted, remove the portafilter and discard the coffee puck.
  2. Pour the rich and aromatic espresso into your favourite cup.

Optional Tips:

  • Experiment with different espresso beans to explore various flavour profiles.
  • Keep the Flair clean and well-maintained for optimal performance.
  • Adjust grind size and extraction time to suit your taste preferences.


  1. Rinse the portafilter, basket, and other components immediately after use.
  2. Periodically deep clean the Flair according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Savour the Art of Espresso: The Flair Classic Espresso Maker offers a hands-on and rewarding espresso-making experience. With practice, you can fine-tune your technique to create a consistently delightful cup of espresso. Enjoy the process and the rich flavours in every sip!