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  1. I think you need to research what you're getting into more thoroughly here. As a starter try the following search: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dialling+in+espresso have a look at some of the videos and you'll begin to understand.
  2. Looks normal to me, as far as I can tell. You need to tell us more about the problem, and what you're doing. I doubt there are many forum members who are using pre-ground coffee at all, especially with a GCP so the advice available will be very limited.
  3. The bottle of Gaggia Decalcificante descaler I've just used Lactic acid based. https://www.descaler.co.uk/gaggia-decalcificante-descaler/ (I didn't buy from this site, but it's a good description) also https://www.descaler.co.uk/articles/difference-lactic-citric-acid/
  4. One possibility is to find something you have liked here: http://coffeediff.co.uk/coffee-beans and then hit the 'find similar' button. This is the most comprehensive resource I have found online, but bear in mind that it works by scraping information off roaster's websites automatically so if, for example, a roaster doesn't provide information on the roast type/level then their beans won't appear when you filter on that. I note Kiss the Hippo don't appear to be represented there. Roasters from my part of the world include Pharmacie (walking distance), Craft House, Horsham,
  5. 'Presso for me - very typical recipe: 17g in 34g out in about 25 seconds.
  6. The DR Congo - Hutwe was part of my first order (above) and I liked it very much. I also got half a kilo of Brazil - Sitio Cachoeirinha which I found a lot harder to dial in, but it's growing on me.
  7. Hi This is definitely the most comprehensive resource of this type I have found, so thank you for your efforts. One thing that might be nice to have is an altitude filter. I realise doing this reliably would be difficult because a number of roasters don't put the information on their website which, in turn, tends to reduce the chance of me buying from them. I have already found the roast level/type filters have to be treated with care for this reason. Cheers
  8. At the moment I'm using Gaggia descaler. This is a random link that Google gave me, it's not where I purchased it: https://www.descaler.co.uk/gaggia-decalcificante-descaler/?gclid=CjwKCAjw2Jb7BRBHEiwAXTR4jTs6oQnpqztuj1WV-n9JXTrwhnnyQfYLk-qu6qhQnoj__OsCTDuUdxoCCzsQAvD_BwE also: https://www.descaler.co.uk/articles/difference-lactic-citric-acid/ I bought 14 and 17g baskets. With some beans I find a smaller dose (typically 16g) fits better in the 14g basket without leaving water on top of the puck after pulling the shot. I also have a lower quality 21g basket that came with my bott
  9. With the descaler it's recommended to use one that is Lactic acid based for an aluminium boiler rather than Citric acid. Although the GC instruction manual doesn't tell you to do it I think back-flushing is A Good Thing, and if you agree you will need a back-flush disc for the portafilter handle in addition to the Caffiza. I found a dosing cup to be handy, YMMV etc. I use Le Marzocco baskets; they're made in the same factory as VSTs but don't have the scan/certificate and are much cheaper. These ones are ridged (I prefer that) and they fit the GC just fine: https://uk.lamarzocco
  10. I'm very interested in the Ceado E37. Does the price include shipping?
  11. There are also some very interesting looking machines from Bezzera available, but I think both Lelit and Bezerra cost just that bit more, and they don't have anything like the second-hand market that the GC has. One of the factors in me going for a new GC was how much money I could reasonably get back when I want to upgrade. I considered second-hand but they seemed to be going for silly money at the time. Buying new wasn't massively more money, it has a 3 year warranty so I don't have to worry about repairs, and I don't have to look for a replacement steam wand - although a lot of the second h
  12. I went to the office for the first time in nearly 6 months last week. This was to meet with a new starter and show him some of what we're expecting him to do. The on-site Starbucks has reopened but the trade is nothing like it was. A Co-op mini-supermarket is still closed. 50% of the desks are flagged as not for use, so there is no chance of everyone returning full-time anyway. I reckon there were about 20-30 people present in an open plan office that has 1200+ desks - this is just one floor of a far larger office complex. I was put under no pressure from my employer to carry out this exe
  13. You could try this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aluminum-Alloy-Smart-Dosing-Ring-For-Brewing-Bowls-For-58mm-Coffee-Tampering-W2E/233644602136?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=533333575036&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 or https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stainless-Steel-Coffee-Powder-Precision-Dosing-Cup-for-Grinder-Accessory/372935108555?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
  14. I got this - also fits my 2019 classic. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bottomless-Naked-Portafilter-Handle-Triple-Basket-Gasket-Seal-Gaggia/401268602843?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 It came with the basket (I only used it once or twice) but without the promised gaskets.
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