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iO Coffee is delighted to bring you a tutorial article on using this renowned manual espresso brewing tool: the FLAIR ESPRESSO MAKER.

The Flair Espresso Maker is a lever-operated coffee brewing tool that allows you to have full control over the espresso-making process. With its innovative design and meticulous engineering details, the Flair Espresso Maker enables you to unleash the full potential of your favorite coffee beans and discover delightful, robust flavors in every sip.

In this article, iO will guide you step by step on how to get started and brew a delicious espresso using the Flair Espresso Maker. Just look at those smooth, enticing streams of coffee flow! So, what are you waiting for? Let's get hands-on and brew together with iO Coffee.



What you would found inside the case of Flair Espresso Maker

You need:

- The Flair Espresso

- Kettle


- Coffee dose: 16g

- Amount of water: 80ml

- TDS: 120ppm

- Water temperature: 90 - 95 độ C



Step 1: Prepare the Flair

Place the main post and lever onto the base, and tighten them with the included screws. Then, erect the water tray in position.

Step 2: Heat up the brewing head.

Remove the portafilter. Attach the brewing head and piston to the pre-heat cap. Then, pour boiling water in to heat it up. Note that you should pour water until it reaches the rim of the piston.

Step 3: Prepare the coffee

Grind 16 grams of coffee to a fine level, then add it to the portafilter. Use the tamper that comes with the machine to press the coffee with moderate pressure, ensuring the coffee surface is even.

Step 4: Assembling the coffee brewer

Pour out the hot water from the brewing head. After that, insert the filter screen into the portafilter, and then attach the entire brew head. Pour 80-85ml of water that has been heated to 90-95 degrees Celsius into the brew head.

Step 5: Extraction

Attach the brewing head to the Flair, then place the pressure gauge to the brew head. Put an espresso cup underneath and use the lever to press the coffee down with a pressure of 6 to 9 bars. Maintain a stable pressure and flow to achieve a high-quality cup of coffee.

Step 6: Enjoy!



You can adjust the brewing parameters according to your taste preferences by:

  • If the coffee is too sour: This is usually caused by a coarse grind or a short brewing time or low pressure (below 6 bars), resulting in the coffee not fully extracting all the flavors, making the sourness more prominent than other flavors. You should adjust the grind size to be slightly finer.

  • If the coffee is too bitter: Check if the brewing time is too long or if the pressure is higher than normal (around 10 bars). Adjust by using a coarser grind size or reducing the amount of water used for brewing (around 60-70ml). Additionally, if the bitterness is unpleasant, medicinal, oily, or harsh, it is likely that the coffee beans are over-roasted or of poor quality. You can try switching to a different, more suitable supplier or choose coffee beans with a lighter roast.

  • If you want a stronger coffee: Grind the coffee a bit finer or use less water.

  • If you want a lighter coffee: You can adjust by using a coarser grind size.



And that's it! iO Coffee has completed a detailed guide on how to use the Flair Espresso Maker. Now it's time for you to get your hands on it and start brewing!

You can also check out a simple instructional video on iO Coffee's YouTube channel below:

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