This is the 58. Music okay. So now that you’re fully into this whole program and you’ve, seen the sexy b, roll footage let’s talk about a couple of these major headlines just to get them out of the way, and the first thing is the reason for its namesake. The 58 means it uses a commercial 58 millimeter, portafilter and basket. This, of course, has some obvious benefits that i’ll talk about in a bit and second, the elephant in the room and manual purists. Please take a deep breath, maybe grab a paper bag. If you need to hyperventilate, but the flare 58 does have an electronic component. This component is here to keep your boiler heated and ready without running through endless amounts of water, but rest assured those who want to take their flare 58 to the top of a mountain to pull shots for instagram clout still can do that. You don’t have to have power, okay, i said it and, if you’re feeling especially lucky and want a flare 58 for yourself, i’ve teamed up with the folks at flair to give one away to one lucky. Coffee lover so hit the giveaway link in the description for details using the flare 58 feels pretty familiar, but also a little bit different. The overall frame and design is like a larger, more robust version of the original. Of course, there are some new additions that change the overall usability of the machine as a whole.
The temperature controller, even though it’s one of the more controversial additions to the flair, 58 it’s, actually one of the most welcome additions. In my opinion, it has three settings low, medium and high heat personally as a firm believer of all things, preheating, even though reddit may disagree, i use the high setting almost exclusively hold the power button to turn on. One light is low. The second press is medium and the third tap is high. Once it’s set, the led light will flash until it’s ready to brew, and this takes about 5 minutes on the high setting, but letting it sit in the boiler to soak up a bit more heat. A little bit longer only helps the case of temperature stability, as well as leaving the stem and the portafilter locked into the boiler. Also, it should be noted that this feature is intended only to preheat the boiler and not to preheat your brew water, and, if you do that, gon na have a bad time from there. The process of pulling shots is like a combination of the flare and a traditional espresso machine. Obviously there aren’t any differences in preparing your shot. All of the same rules apply in terms of dialing in attention should be paid to your grind, careful puck preparation, even distribution and flat tamping. Once the portafilter is locked in, pour your preheated brew water into the boiler, all the way to the top place, the stem in by fitting the teeth between the slots, giving it a slight press and twist to lock in hook the stem to the lever and then Grip it and rip it and as you’d expect, if all of these variables align properly you’ll end up with a beautifully extracted shot of espresso and having tried many coffees from light to dark from fruity to chocolate.
The flair 58, like its predecessor, does not disappoint in the cup. The one major pro for the flare 58 is its vastly increased workflow. Having a handled portafilter not only speeds up the dial in process, but also when it comes to cleaning being able to knock the puck out and move on to the next shot, but also allows you to make multiple shots in a more reasonable amount of time. Pulling shots back to back with a single portafilter is a breeze. Now, of course, it could be more or less time, depending on your shot recipe, your grinder speed or your kettle, but all in all it’s a massive departure from the slog of the original and flare pro models. And, of course, the temperature controller only adds to the ease and speed of the workflow, because it keeps your boiler up to temp. As you pull all the shots, that your little heart desires and gone are the days of manually pressing out the brew, piston it’s actually attached to the lever, and it allows for a quick reset for your next shot. One of the biggest complaints about the original flare is its lack of accessories, and some crafty people made their own or 3d printed them, but that issue is a thing of the past when it comes to the 58., not only will most, if not all, 58 millimeter Baskets work, but it also opens up a whole new world of accessories like that.
Sexy new tamper, you’ve been eyeballing or those fancy distribution tools, you’ve been for some reason watching over and over again on instagram reels and that’s. Pretty cool no longer will the ability to spend hundreds of your hard earned dollars on the latest and greatest copy tools. Pass you by it’s also super easy to clean and it doesn’t need it all that, often, especially if you use these screens, this buildup is, after about 20 shots to clean. It just turn off the power disconnect it from the power block loosen the boiler set bolt. If you use it pop the boiler off the stand, pull the piston out using the stem and then run some water through both sides of the boiler. Then just give it a quick wipe and you’re all set one of the other major complaints when it came to the flare or other hand, pressed espresso machines, for that matter is ergonomics. The fine folks over at flair, listened to those complaints and created a longer brew arm with a t grip for better leverage and control of your shot pressure. Honestly, you have to pay much closer attention to your brew gauge because it’s just that easy to launch into an 18 bar pull and not even realize it, of course, like all things in life, it’s, not all long walks on the beach and pina coladas. There are some things i don’t love about: the flare 58, the temperature controller and the power brick come across as kind of cheap.
The plastic has a real hollow and flimsy feel to it, but having only had it for about a month, i can’t really speak to the reliability of these electronics, so if they actually last a long time, the perceived cheapness of it doesn’t really matter a whole lot. At least not to me, the brew group is designed with a smaller diameter shower screen than the portafilter, so shots pulled without an additional paper filter or a screen to assist in evenly dispersing the water over. The puck, like the one flares sells separately, will create some potential for channeling. One thing i would have liked to see in the box is some additional wear and tear items like the gaskets and seals for the group, as well as the pressure gauge. They are all exposed to quite a bit of sustained heat and pressure and it’s only a matter of time before they need to be replaced even after pressing the lever, as far down as it will go. The max amount of yield i’ve been able to get is around 50 to 55 grams, which you’ll likely realize is less than the boiler volume of 90 milliliters. And if you return the lever to the top and pull again you’ll find another 20 or so grams of water still on the boiler outside of what is soaked up by the puck, you can get a bit more yield by quickly breaking the seal on the portafilter. When there is some water in the boiler – and this will fill that little extra bit of headspace with water – but there is a downside to that that little air pocket provides some protection from getting your puck all muddy.
While you finish adding the water and placing the stem, but when i did that, i didn’t get great shot outcomes and it wasn’t really worth the additional 10 to 15 grams of yield. So, if you’re looking to make lungo shots, that may be a bit of a stretch and if you want to make a lingerie’s you’re, probably out of luck. Lastly, i missed the metal laser cut drain tray from the original flare pro units. This one just comes with a rubber bar mat, looking thing, but at least the ikai lunar fits into it now, i’m sure current flare pro owners, both the original and two are likely wondering if it’s worth shelling out twice the price to upgrade to the 58. Well, the answer to that isn’t a clear cut, yes or no, if the only reason you’re, considering an upgrade to the flare 58 is because you expect it to make far and away better espresso. I would say that isn’t necessarily the case. Of course it has more thermal stability and can handle much larger doses, but, in my opinion, those things don’t massively increase the quality versus a properly done flare pro shot. But, of course there are some major updates. So if you’re looking for a quicker, simpler workflow for multiple shots, less time and water wasted, preheating the brew boiler and just an overall smoother experience, then yes, upgrading would be in your best interest now, i’m, not sure how the folks at flair will take.
This final observation – and i have to say they’ve, been a great supporter of me and the channel for the past couple years and i hope they don’t take this the wrong way. But i feel like the flare chassis with the introduction of the 58 has reached its pinnacle, its peak of workflow and shock quality. I don’t see how they can continue to improve upon this platform unless they just slowly inch their way into being fully plumbed in and mostly powered and basically being just a full on espresso machine, but i would love it if they proved me wrong anyway. That is my full review on the brand new flair. 58. Let me know if you have any thoughts on this video, the flare 58 flare espresso in general or just hand, press espresso machines. Of course, if you have any questions drop them in the comments section down below and as always, i’ll see y’all next week and, of course, a big thank you to my april patreons ads jacob p david w christopher squeegee row, brian lisa, andre sean noel, spookus, mika Samantha claire bound copy steven, james k, josh horison, corey c curry, jeff rock joey and thomas b uk espresso tim jason c, jerry matt ninja, warrior coffee home barista, coach, counseling, memes, testing123, zachary, v, tyler, f, robert underdunk, jeffrey r, bjk cafe chris m daniel p, mike B: bryan m brandon b, tyler m sebastian, matthew c jrc, absolute stephen g, alex t offensive, jose lauren and kefi and, of course, a big thank you to the barista and bar back tears.
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