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FEB-MAR 2019

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Personal Flair Real espresso geeks know that it's not all the bells and whistles, buttons, lights, and timers that make great espresso happen. In fact, real espresso geeks know that the machine's job is to deliver pressurized hot water to a puck of expertly ground and distributed coffee—and that means that sometimes the simplest machine is the best barista's best friend. The Flair Espresso Maker might just be that best friend, since it allows a barista—whether at home or in a café—to truly shine. The machine is deceptively simple: A portafilter, a hot-water reservoir chamber, and a lever, just like the best old-style classic machines. What makes this the ultimate lever machine, however, is the fact that it's fully portable (no, you read that right—it comes with its own custom transport case), and the fact that it costs less than $300, even for the "pro" model. The human at the controls also has a remarkable amount of … well, control: The chamber can hold more or less water as needed, and the temperature is completely up to the user. Before you get all bristled about PID and saturated groupheads and in-tray scales, remember that sometimes pure and simple is best— especially when you have the foundational knowledge of extraction science and flavor analysis to back it up. That's why machines like this are so fun: They are practically designed to take a backseat to the ultimate power duo that should rightfully take the credit for any shot of espresso: the coffee itself and the person who expertly brews it. If you're that expert—and if you have at least a pretty wide swatch of coffee nerd in you—then this might very well be the machine to put on your 2019 wish list. No pressure. The Kore (Directive) of the Matter Over the past few years, more and more conversations in specialty coffee around the world have focused on inclusion, and one of the biggest topics has been the historic dominance of the industry by (mostly white) men. In the U.K., a dynamic group of womxn leaders, including coffee professional and Perfect Daily Grind contributor Sierra Burgess-Yeo, have come together to form The Kore Directive, a new collaborative effort to support, empower, educate, and inspire womxn in specialty coffee. "The Kore Directive is a network primarily aimed at supporting womxn and helping them find opportunities to grow in the coffee industry through workshops, talks, and networking events in the U.K. and beyond," Sierra says. "We are a nonprofit centered around cultivating events for womxn and anyone else interested in how gender issues affect the U.K. coffee industry, and creating a safe space for these issues to be discussed in a neutral and encouraging environment." Starting in 2019, Directive leaders and volunteers plan to expand a list of speakers, workshops, networking events, and other industry-lifting gatherings and opportunities for womxn in and around London, though Sierra says they are "looking to be mobile over the next several years as we grow and gain momentum!" One way to help them gain that momentum is to visit the network's website and volunteer time or a space for upcoming events, offer to sponsor one or multiple events, or to even be a speaker or panelist. We can't wait to see what happens when the specialty-coffee community strengthens its Kore—we predict great things from this collaborative effort. What are you taking away from our awesome coffee world right now? Let us know about cool trends, fun gear, killer drinks, events, places, peopleÑyou get the idea! Email PHOTO BY CAROLYN WEST Sierra Burgess-Yeo of the Kore Directive 24 barista magazine

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