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  1. Give the V2 a chance. It's a good machine, just different in a few respects. (Better in a few respects) Enjoy the steaming!
  2. Rookie error lol. The futur clone is actually very good and shaves better than the original. The clone is able to be dialed down a bit more. Try it on a setting of 1 or less. I'd never use it on max lol.
  3. One other bonus i forgot. The steaming on the stainless steel boilered V2 is actually fantastic. Much much better than the old aluminium boiler design.
  4. Hard to see where pressure is being affected by heat as the safety valve hack you have done is on the cold side of the boiler and any PVT changes due to heat should be automatically moderated by the valve setting?. Pressure gauges work on the bourdon principal. It may be that if the gauge is not temperature compensated (unlikely) you are just reading additional "bourdon effect" from thermal expansion on the coil as an increased pressure reading. Maybe.
  5. We've walked that road as well. Iirc, 'tis only the V2 that measured 10 bara at the brew head out of the box. I was going to test mine and add a proper 10bara adjustable bypass but never got round to it. Never needed too really, my coffee is good enough. Portafilter drip isn't an issue for me either. The pucks aren't biscuit dry but they are not that damp. Least not for me. I always hot rinse the PF before each use anyway. But these are old arguments. My experience with my V2 has been nothing but positive.
  6. Nope. I've argued previously that it is better in some respects than the other versions. That's considered blasphemy by the community though. My very low maintenance, zero corrosion, quick heat up, no steam dripping, auto shut off Gaggia has been a dream. The removal of the 3 way valve and it's foibles and maintenance requirements is an added bonus. I've been using mine for 12 months now and it works like a charm and as James says, it is capable of excellent espresso. The argument that it can't because it is "not the same" can finally be put to bed.
  7. Just use the correct size screwdriver. Go to your local army navy store and pick up a large stub handled driver.
  8. It's just a big flat head screwdriver you need. It suffers from a bit of stiction and needs a rigid stiff driver to break it. It's not hard tbh. If you are buying spares, stay away from eBay and just get genuine Gaggia parts. A new spring and mushroom valve are worthwhile. Great machines IMHO.
  9. Blue_Cafe

    Dark and oily

    A French affair no?
  10. "Seasoning"? Who on earth came up with that Apple-esque word twist? Plenty of other phrases best describe the phenomena and would serve the community better in its understanding so that the unwashed don't think that blades need anything other than normal usage. It just adds further voodoo and woo to an already flooded bog of religiosity that is the coffee scene. "Running-in" would be a better descriptor to label the de-burring and initial dulling of the cutting surfaces that happens during the 1st few uses.
  11. Eh, no. The Gaggia is a "no brainer" coffee machine that nerds twerk to make it something different. Its a lifestyle machine, primarily designed for pressurised baskets, pre ground coffee and a push button operation. All Gaggias are the same really. Some have an extra gizmo or not. Just use the Classic as you would the deluxe. Same shhep different coat. If you have the pressurised baskets from the deluxe, it's literally a zero change transition.
  12. No they don't. As with any machine, you should read and understand the instructions before using. Sage give a range of dosing which is 16g - 19g.
  13. The hipster beard is an absolute must, no?
  14. I bought it first and then found this forum when looking at what it was I had actually bought If I'd have found this site first, I'd have not bought it. That said, I'm glad it fell that way. I like the MK2 and it's variations from the original GC.
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