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  1. The basket holder on this machine (new purchase about a year ago) has always been tight. It seems to vary but I now can’t get the holder in even when empty. Checked no obvious grounds blocking so assume it is the gasket. Seems others have similar problems, but am confused over whether to replace with standard gasket or a silicon version and what thickness 8.5 or 8.0. Any advice appreciated and where to get an appropriate gasket
  2. Black Cat: Yes regular basket. Coffee dose based on timed grind using Mignon Specialita, previously checked weight and seemed consistent. I grind direct into the basket fitted in the holder, tap it several times to distribute and then tamp, using what I hope is consistent pressure.
  3. Beans only week or so from roaster. Stored in hopper of grinder. Guess it is over heavy tamping, was just concerned might have an issue with the pump on the Classic
  4. Standard double basket as supplied
  5. Have a new Classic. Most of time getting reasonable results, however last few times the machine has choked with no coffee coming through. Hadn’t change grind settings, Same beans, thick my tamping is fairly consistent, what is going on? Assume as machine is new (2 months old) it’s not likely to be the pump, but can I test this? Have set coarser grind, but not such good coffee now. Do older beans need coarser settings, although beans only a week since opening.
  6. 3 weeks in and getting better. However am confused about the timing of a shot. I’m using 15g of what I think is a light roast (Horsham Workhorse blend) to extract 30g. Had to grind finer than I did with a darker roast (Nova), but finding inconsistent timing to get the shot. Anything from 25-40 seconds. Does the time matter, if it takes longer am I extracting more? So far not had what I think is a decent result, perhaps I don’t like this blend. Is it best to stick with one bean type until I get a consistent result. I originally purchased several different bags to experiment with. Am
  7. I assumed 36ml is the same as 36g of coffee however I will try more of a focus on temperature.
  8. Thanks. I’m now using Horsham workhorse blend beans. Using 18g coffee to get 36ml in about 30sec. I left the grinder set up unchanged following experiments with cheap Tesco beans. Had been using 15g, but the new beans produced 18g on same timer setting and seemed to tamp down to suitable depth in Gaggia basket. Haven’t been that careful with temperature control as assumed in the grand scheme of things as a newcomer it wasn’t that critical in comparison to grinder setting etc. Wondering if this is just a different tasting bean, will keep trying. Actually the best shots so far have come from th
  9. As a NEWBIE with a new Gaggia Classic I got a cheap bag beans and using this I think. got my Specialita set correctly and produced a few nice shots. Just moved on to a different bean and with same settings the first shot was sour. Looking for advice on what causes sour coffee to know what to change.
  10. Just re-read the Gaggia description of the 2019 Classic and it states that the pressurised basket is 14g and the non pressurised is 17g. Don’t know if this is different from earlier models Also am I correct in thinking that the pressure in the 2019 models cannot be adjusted down from the factory setting, which is higher than desirable. Tomorrow will experiment with 17g and the 5p test. This is either going to be a slow learning process or I need to chuck away quite a few shots as otherwise I will be in a permanent caffeine high. I haven’t even started to play with the grinder, still
  11. Too early to say, I’m still trying to work out how to use it! Just bought some cheap beans to play with.
  12. Lots of great advice thanks and explains why trying to get 17g in the supplied Gaggia double basket left the grind hanging on the shower head aftetvthe shot. Also noticed coffee almoast stops coming after about 15seconds Any advice on what basket to get that would work with 17 or 18g? Also what is the 5p test? First attempt with my free Gaggia ground coffee however produced a much better expresso than my original De’Longhi and supermarket ground coffee so I must be making progress. Next task is to get my Specialita working
  13. As a Newbie I am struggling to know where to start with a new Gaggia Classic and new Specialita grinder, there seem to be so many variables! The grinder adjustment is marked with numbers but does the dial rotate more than once? If so the suggested scale isn’t much help. Does the motor need to be running while adjusting the grind and can I damage it by going too fine? Does aiming for 18g of coffee in the filter with 36g of expresso in 30 seconds sound like a good starting point? no idea how long a grind that would take! So any advice would be appreciated
  14. I finally got my new Gaggia Classic. Still waiting for grinder so decided to try with supermarket ground coffee and the pressurised basket. 1st problem was I couldn’t get the filter head to fit. I think this was because I had too much coffee in the basket, assumed it should be full. How much space should there be at the top of the basket?
  15. I am a newbie just starting the transition from supermarket ground to purchase of roasted beans. Will get them mail order and to save postage costs wondering how long an unopened packet of beans will last. I reckon I would use about 250g a week (2 double expresso per day) Advice appreciated, am wondering if I can order every couple of months.
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