Preheating the Flair Espresso Maker, wet or dry? - Page 6

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Postby Mcrain » Jun 10, 2019, 10:49 pm

I heat the reservoir with an air fryer at 250 degrees for six minutes, after which I immediately attach the portafilter and fill from a boiling kettle. My food thermometer shows the water temp leveling off at 200 degrees just prior to inserting the pressure gauge/plunger.

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Postby bobpaule » Jul 12, 2019, 10:54 am

I use the Flair for travel and i heat water with a collapsible travel kettle,
so the KISS principle rules for me. This is my pre-heating pyramid:

Pour water over:

Portafilter wihout dispersion screen
Portfilter cover with stainless steel
screw, head on the inside.

I let them spend a minute together while I grind with the Knock Aergrind.

For some reason if I preheat the piston I get leaks, wonder if the rubber becomes too soft.

PS: New Flair user, I went cheap with an Illy Iperespresso 3.2 and Capsulone metal refillables, never ever again:(
Never get between a man and his ristretto, ever!


Postby vit » Jul 12, 2019, 11:21 am

Recently I also steam preheat piston, but no leaks on mine


Postby danimorelo » Jul 12, 2019, 12:08 pm

Also switched to steam pre heat and not looking back. A lot faster, hotter and can leave it unattended while preparing portafilter.

I sandwich the cylinder in an 3cup Bialetti with its screen/rubber removed