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  1. Hello friendly coffee experts, I am fairly new to this forum and have already found it so useful. I was wondering, whether any of you had some advice for me, as I am getting slightly desperate. I bought a Gaggia Classic about 6 years ago. Using the pressurised filter and pre-ground Illy coffee (I know, I know), I used to get a decent shot (sweet and strong). Then the machine stopped working after about 2 years. Probably my fault, as we live in London and I hardly ever descaled it. We have now revived it by replacing the pump, but the shots are now coming far too fast. With my pressurised basket I will get a double shot in about 8 seconds. The coffee shoots out all foamy and then calms down, but tastes watery and bitter. I use espresso that I buy at Drury’s and they ground it for me (I ask them to ground it for the Gaggia). I have now tried to do some research on this site and others. I totally get that the coffee (especially grind and freshness) counts etc, but I did use to be able to get a decent espresso with pre-ground coffee. I have descaled several times and replaced shower disc, gasket and headgroup plate. The new pump is an ULKA and we have also taken the solenoid valve out and cleaned it. I now worry that there is something wrong with the machine or that we have somehow damaged it by cleaning it. Before I send it to an expensive service, is there anything else I can try. Change the coffee? Might a new filter help? I am worried that the flow will be even stronger with a standard filter. Any help at all would be hugely appreciated.
  2. Thanks so much for replying! I have managed to revive my Gaggia by replacing the pump, but I am not there yet, as the water flow is far too fast and I am getting slightly desperate. Before the machine went dead, it all seemed easy. Using the pressurised filter and pre-ground Illy coffee (I know, I know), I used to get a decent shot (sweet and strong). Now with my pressurised basket I will get a double shot in about 8 seconds. The coffee shoots out all foamy and then calms down, but tastes watery and bitter. I use espresso that I buy at Drury’s and they ground it for me. I have now tried to do some research on this site and others. I totally get that the coffee (especially grind and freshness) counts etc, but I did use to be able to get a decent espresso with pre-ground coffee. I have descaled several times and replaced shower disc, gasket and headgroup plate. The new pump is an ULKA and we have also taken the solenoid valve out and cleaned it. I now worry that there is something wrong with the machine. Before I send it to an expensive service, is there anything else I can try. Change the coffee? Might a new filter help? I am worried that the flow will be even stronger with a standard filter. I know a grinder is on the cards, but I would like to know that the Gaggia is in working order, before I spend more money.
  3. Hello all, I am new to this forum and it would be amazing, if one of you knowledgeable and friendly people could help. I bought the Gaggia Classic RI8161 Coffee Machine in 2010 and for about 12 months it made me very happy. Then one day the pump sounded different (weak) and no water would come through. I tried descaling, but as it would not pump, that didnt really work. I am ashamed to say that I let the machine sit unused for 4 years while I had children and got on with life. I would love to revive it, but Gaggia are of no help at all. They only told me to send it in and get it repaired for over £100 (including postage). Any ideas what I could try before going down this expensive road? I used to have a Baby Gaggia years ago and had exactly the same problem. I replaced the pump at the time and that did the trick. Could that help this time? Anything else I should try first before doing that? It would be a shame to replace the pump, if that is not the problem. As I said, it would be wonderful, if you guys could help. Many thanks, Susanne
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