By: Alicia Walters     Revised by: Mark Cambell    Last updated: Jan 13, 2024

While lever machines mimic the pumping process of commercial machines, the Flair takes a novel pneumatic approach that offers unparalleled customization. By loading the portafilter and locking it into the brew head, you can control every variable of pressure, pre-infusion and extraction through the simple pumping motion.

Out of the box, results are impressive. With a bit of dialing in grind size and distribution, you're pulling balanced shots that match your high commercial standards. The ability to make on-demand shots is also ideal for popping behind the bar between rush periods.

Where the Flair truly excels is in the hands of an expert operator. With experience manipulating pressure profiles, you can achieve nuanced extractions beyond the capabilities of any machine. Its open system also allows experimenting with alternate portafilters and accessories.

While requiring more technique than traditional machines, the control and consistency the Flair provides has converted me to manual espresso full time. For passionate baristas seeking to fully express their skills, it sets a new gold standard in at-home equipment. With a bit of practice, any hobbyist can tap into professional-level results.

To me, the Flair represents the perfect balance of craft, portability and customization. It has become my go-to tool both at home and around the country at barista competitions. For its innovation and shot quality, it has earned its place as the new leader in manual espresso makers.


- Portable and compact design, making it easy to use and store at home or on-the-go.

- Manual lever espresso machine, providing a hands-on and customizable brewing experience.

- Consistent and high-quality espresso shots, with the ability to adjust the pressure and temperature to your liking.

- Made with durable and high-quality materials, ensuring longevity and reliability with proper care.

- Easy to clean and maintain, with removable parts and a simple design.


- Requires a learning curve to master the manual lever system, which may not be suitable for beginners.

- Limited capacity, only able to brew one shot at a time.

- May require additional accessories, such as a grinder and tamper, to fully optimize the brewing process.

- Higher price point compared to other manual espresso machines on the market.

Actually, the Flair Espresso Maker PRO 2 is a great option for experienced baristas or espresso enthusiasts looking for a customizable and high-quality brewing experience. However, it may not be the best choice for beginners or those on a tight budget.