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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.
  15. Joined because I was researching my impulse buy of a Gaggia classic which was a consequence of buying a Aeropress and not really enjoying it which in itself was a consequence of WFH since march and missing the office B2C machine. Best bit of advice or info on here? Hmm. None tbh. Or rather, by reading the many opposing opinions on every subject discussed, I've learned that coffee is very much a person experience and one should treat advice and opinion as exactly that and run your own race accordingly.
  16. That looks....Odd to me. The lines and flaws in the base casting are poor enough, but blueing on the sub surface? Brass doesn't blue under just kettle heat (does it?) And it don't look like a copper precoat either (brass-copper-chrome). Also, the chrome is pealing, not just flaking? I don't think it's poor QC more so an utter absence. "Made in Italy" indeed.
  17. Another fault in the MK3 GC's Hardly surprising tbh. It seems to me they probably dug the old MK1 tooling up out of the skips after the move from the MK2 and have hired people who have no idea how to use them (relocated to China perhaps?). Gaggia should bin off the GCP. Its a mess. Unfortunately, with the likes of coffee Jesus championing it, that it unlikely. Frustrating. It could be so much better with not much more effort.
  18. Good posts. I am Half way though a bag of Levazza super-crema and it's been better for me than some of the freshly roasted stuff I've bought. Its ok. And that's ok.
  19. Have you read the instructions for the machine and are you following them? Specifically the bit about regular cleaning. I think your basket sounds clogged up.
  20. This is why you don't do steaming in just your jocks! Could have had a nasty burn there.... 👀
  21. I thought the Industrial blend by CHC was not bad tbh. i'd order it again, certainly.
  22. Making espresso isn't fire-n'-forget. How do you know the beans are consistant? The Earth isn't consistent, seasons are not consistent, mother nature which grows the beans isn't consistent, the roasters are deffo not consistant, water isn't consistent, Machines wear, nothing lasts for ever, nothing stays the same Entropy will win in the end.
  23. May I suggest you are at a fork in the road with this? I don't think you should continue to use it as is. From the look of it, it needs a deep clean and reconditioning. This may not actually cost much to do but it will drastically extend the life. So, either strip it down yourself and rebuild it Or sell it as a working project and buy new. I would do the former but can't help think the latter may be better for you.
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