New, the Flair flow-control 2 portafilter
Since the introduction of the NEO last year, a lot of people have discovered the wonderful world of manual espresso.
Thanks to the flow control portafilter, a “pressurized portafilter”, the first steps of making a real espresso become that much easier to do. Less than perfectly ground coffee can still give very good results.
And now there is an evolution from the original portafilter to the Flow-control 2 portafilter!
Version 2 of this pressurized portafilter has a spout you can remove to easily clean it.
But there is more! Are you ready to take the next step, and are you considering a bottomless portafilter, but you’re not sure if your grinder is suitable?
Then you can remove the spout of the flow control v2, grind finer, and see if the result is to your liking. Without the spout this portafilter doesn’t give extra counter pressure. It is still completely the same as a ‘real’ bottomless portafilter, but ideal to test if your grinder performs sufficiently.
What is a good grinder to use with a bottomless portafilter? Two things are important;
– can it grind fine enough?
– are the steps in between 2 settings small enough?
The first makes sense. If your grinds aren’t fine enough, there isn’t enough resistance after tamping and water can flow through the puck without building up enough pressure.
But the second aspect is more difficult to judge: what is the resolution of my grinder? What if at position X there is so much resistance that my espresso machine “choked”? And at position X + 1 the water runs through far too fast.
That’s why many brands that sell grinders with a very fine resolution, advertise a product as an “espresso grinder”. These often work with very small steps, for example 12.5 microns with the 1Zpresso JE-plus and JX-pro.