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  1. 44 minutes ago, AndyDClements said:

    Oh well, upgraditus has hit again.

    Thankfully it's not as severe when it's shaving gear as if it's coffee machines.  The splurge was only £25, with £10 on 100 Astra Platinum blades and £15 on a River lake adjustable (cheap clone of Futur, also seen as Q shave), could have spent less and got it via China but "want it NOW" meant Amazon premium price. A bit like changing beans, grinder and machine all in one go and wondering why the coffee taste isn't quite right, I used the new blades and new razor on the most aggressive setting, then was left with a face that looked a bit like a polka dot scarf.

    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.

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  2. 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.





  3. 18 minutes ago, MrShades said:

    You need to mod the OPV to 6.5 bar in order to get “good espresso” from a Classic 2015 as experienced by James.

    ...and you may not have a dripping steam wand, but as you have no solenoid valve you do have dripping / pressurised portafilters instead. The latter is significantly more of a challenge in daily use.

    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.

  4. On 12/03/2021 at 09:13, Chriss29 said:

    Is the 2015 model really that bad? I think the boiler is bigger at 200ml and it's stainless steel but I could be wrong. 


    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.





  5. On 02/11/2020 at 14:51, Doof said:

    So the 12mm screwdriver is not quite wide enough, it slips as you try to turn it. I found a bracket that fits across, bit still no luck getting this (insert expletive) thing out. 

    Seems the edges are bending slightly.. i have tried soaking in wd40 and still no joy.... running out of ideas now.




    Just use the correct size screwdriver. Go to your local army navy store and pick up a large stub handled  driver.

  6. "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.

  7. 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.

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  8. 6 hours ago, Drewster said:

    Your original question was "Essentials"....

    Espresso Machine - Check
    (1/2 decent) Grinder - Check
    "proper" Basket (ie not pressurised) - Check
    (1/2 decent) Tamper - Check
    Scales - Check
    Jug (if you want to steam milk) - Check
    Cup or 2 but hey ho.....

    I'd say that's it....
    Tamper mat - Use a tea-towel
    Tamper stand - You what?
    Knock-box - Use the sink
    Airscape - wtf? Essential!?!
    Cocktail sticks, Funnels, distribution tools, thermometers, PIDs, Bar towel, apron, Barista-badge, Hipster beard, fixed wheel bike........

    Loads of things that might make you feel better....
    there are even some things (listed) that "might" help you... but "essential"..... 




    The hipster beard is an absolute must, no?

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  9. 46 minutes ago, MediumRoastSteam said:

    Sorry.. I have to comment on this.... I can't resist... (warning: It's a joke, so please take it lightly...) Despite the comment above, ignoring all the advice on here, you went and bought a Gaggia Classic 2015?!  😂🤣👍  

    I bought it first and then found this forum when looking at what it was I had actually bought :classic_unsure:

    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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  10. 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.


  11. 25 minutes ago, L&R said:

    No Dave several already passed through my hands coating is not good on some series, this is the worse I have met



    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.

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  12. 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.

  13. 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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