About this project
With Flair, there is nothing to plug in, no electronics and no pods required. Flair is the expression of simplicity, with only the essential elements you need to prepare and extract perfect, professional quality espressos.
From loading your freshly ground coffee to pulling the lever with gusto, you craft your espresso the old-fashioned way, making exactly what you want. Handcrafting espresso with Flair is artful and fun, and you’re always in control.
The Flair Espresso Maker is durable, portable and minimalist. All of the important stuff; everything else taken away. The most elegant and simple way to make professional espresso by hand, wherever you are.
You won't find another espresso maker that has a brewing head that is detachable from the machine. This allows you full manual control of the process. You can easily pre-heat the stainless steel cylinder and maintain the right temperature to extract the espresso just the way you like it.
Plastic in the pressure chamber can make for inconsistent shots; there’s none of that here. Flair is made of solid die cast aluminum and stainless steel, so it should last for decades.
There’s nothing to plug in, no electronics, and no pods required.
Did we mention that it’s portable too? It disassembles flat in seconds.
Choose your beans. Adjust the pressure. Do it by hand. Take it anywhere.
Despite being made of long-lasting and sturdy materials such as stainless steel and die cast aluminum, the Flair Espresso Maker disassembles quickly and easily. It can be stored in a space of 13 x 9 inches, although we think it looks great on your kitchen counter.
Even better, it can be taken anywhere, thanks to the handy carry case.
The Flair is built to last a lifetime. It is also the only espresso maker where the entire brewing container completely detaches from the press stand, making it very easy to clean with water in the kitchen sink. No scalding, chemicals, or any sort of maintenance is required.
The Flair Espresso Maker is made with quality engineering materials. All of the important stuff; everything else taken away. The most elegant and simple way to make espresso by hand.
ESPRESSO, JUST HOW YOU LIKE IT
Despite being such a simple design, the Flair Espresso Maker is pretty clever. Because you can customize your espresso – pick your beans, adjust the tamp, change the pre-infusion time or the temperature, and experiment with varying degrees of pressure to achieve the perfect drink.
We’ve found that when the extraction takes 30 to 40 seconds, it helps us create a rich crema and a full-bodied, sweet and smooth espresso.
Not many consumer products on the market let you brew a professional quality espresso. Even fewer let you make a double shot espresso (around 20g) by hand, which is delicious every time.
The Flair Espresso Maker is made with quality engineering materials. All of the important stuff; everything else taken away. It disassembles flat in seconds, to be taken wherever you travel, or to be easily tucked inside any kitchen drawer after each use. But – with its distinct retro design and Zen-like attitude – you may want to keep your Flair permanently in a prominent spot on your kitchen counter.
Height – 10” (25cm)
Weight – 4lb 4oz (1.95kg)
Case size – 12 ½" x 9" x 3 ¼" (32cm x 23cm x 8cm)
Footprint dimension – 12” x 6” (30cm x 15cm)
Cylinder water capacity – 65ml
Pressure generated when the handle is depressed – from 8 BAR to 16 BAR (you choose, based on ground size and tamp force)
Shot extraction time – ideally from 25 seconds (about 8 BAR) to 45 seconds (about 16 BAR)
Portafilter capacity – from 17 grams to 28 grams of grounds (depending on the coffee beans)
Shot volume – roughly 50ml
The Flair Espresso Maker is so easy to assemble and use. You simply fill the portafilter with coffee grounds and tamp with the measuring cup. Then place it on the main post. Fill with hot water to the fill line, add the piston, and press down on the lever for between 25 and 45 seconds, to extract the perfect shot.
Experiment with your grind and tamp to achieve the right pressure for a rich crema and a full-bodied, smooth espresso.
Sergio Landau, an inventor, has a long and successful background in mechanical engineering and biomedical devices. The Flair Espresso Maker came from his love of coffee and a desire to brew better espresso at home.
Espresso machines – offering few customization options, often costing a lot, or requiring pods and maintenance, and generally not providing a satisfying double shot espresso – weren’t doing the job. So he built one from the grounds up.
He asked: What is the minimum you need to make a great espresso?
He has used his prototypes to brew perfect espresso for himself every day for the last six years, refining the product until there was nothing left to take away without compromising the espresso quality.
What’s left is a simple, elegant design that lets you craft a tasty, rich, professional quality espresso... exactly how you like it. Make great espresso with Flair.
While the Flair Espresso Maker will retail at $159.99, we are delighted to offer a discounted price for you lucky people who make a pledge – of just $115, plus shipping.
Similarly, you can get your hands on the full Hostess Kit – the complete Flair Espresso Maker plus an additional brewing head, so you can make two espressos quickly one after the other – for just $144 (retail price $189.99).
Because we think this will make a great gift, we are also offering delivery by Christmas to the first lot of backers.
$5 – We hope you feel the perks of pledging like a lovely morning shot of espresso. May the sun shine on your day and your productivity go through the roof. Thank you!
Our EARLY BIRD OFFERS are now gone, but you will still be able to get these great Rewards...
$115 – Enjoy the Flair Espresso Maker for the low price of $115, and make delicious espresso at home (or out and about) with little hassle and complete control.
$144 – Bid for our Hostess Kit and get all the benefits of the Flair PLUS a spare brewing container.
If you want extra brewing heads for your Flair, please send us a message and we'll tell you how much in total you need to pledge :)
Within Continental US: $14 (by Priority Mail)
Europe (EU): $49
We can ship to other countries too! International Shipping will vary depending on which country you live in. Please just message us to find out how much it would be to ship the Flair Espresso Maker or Hostess Kit to you.
So, pledge today and receive your Flair Espresso Maker, Hostess Kit or (if you can only spare $5) a little ray of sunshine, from us to you.
The Flair Espresso Team
Risks and challenges
Although a long-time owner of home espresso machines, Sergio Landau didn’t think they produced quality espresso, and they were far from consistent. So he designed and built a ‘rudimentary’ hand-operated machine that has given him perfect espresso every day for the last six years.
It wasn’t until 2015 that Sergio decided to develop a series of prototypes, perfecting the design, to bring his espresso maker to the market. He refined the design to achieve a user-friendly and affordable version of the Flair Espresso Maker – a product that had already experienced his love for engineering has now benefited from his passion for good design.
Removing elements until there was nothing left to take away, the streamlined product now looks terrific and is made from the best materials. It also does everything Sergio believes a good espresso maker ought to do – it makes great espresso, offers complete control over the end product, is portable, durable, consistent, and affordable.
Today, the prototype, tooling and molds are prepared and ready, but funding is required to kick this project into production. Once the project’s funding target is reached, we are completely ready to go into full-scale production with the Flair Espresso Maker, so you can enjoy professional quality espresso at home… or wherever you are.
Getting the espresso makers made and fulfilling the first 800 orders by Christmas will of course be a big task. However, the inherent risks in the process are very small. The inventor has decades of experience, not only in design and development, but also in manufacturing. Every aspect of production has been planned and considered, the team responsible for manufacturing the products are trusted suppliers of Sergio’s, and have been working with him for many successful years.
We want espresso lovers across the world to enjoy the Flair Espresso Maker; to be able to make espresso at home rather than just push a button and ‘get’ one. However, we are aware that shipping outside the US comes with its own costs and risks. Rest assured, we will be doing our best to get the Flair Espresso Makers that you pledge for to you as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
We are happy to answer any questions from you. If you love espresso, we think you’ll love our product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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