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  1. @El carajillo Thanks for this, very helpful.
  2. @DeegeeThanks for that. I steam milk once or twice daily and more often at weekends. I did initially think it was normal, it’s only when I searched these forums I thought it might be a problem that requires fixing.
  3. Hello all, I have had my 2019 Gaggia Classic for almost 2 weeks now (bought brand new) and been enjoying the steep learning curve! One little niggly problem I have that is becoming more and more irritating is that whenever I turn my machine on the steam wand starts leaking onto my worktop. I have searched through the forums and this appears to be a common problem, albeit more often in hard water areas (I live in north east of Scotland, so not an issue) and with older machine. Just wondering if this is normal and a simple fix, or if I’m going to have to get it repaired / return un
  4. I honestly don't notice anything, but have nothing to compare it to. I ordered the pressure mod this afternoon as, like yourself, have read from more experienced users that it does make a difference. If I could go back in time to this time last week I would just order the grinder and all the bits n bobs, and wait for a fully modified 2nd hand classic to come up for sale.
  5. @Tommy triple shot My coffee journey has been similar to yours, except I had got to used to drinking terrible coffee (good beans destroyed by blade grinder) masked by hot milk! I recently upgraded to a brand new Gaggia Classic (didn't want to wait for 2nd hand) and the Mignon Specialita grinder and having owned for almost a week can say that I am really enjoying both (still making crap coffee, but on the right path). Re your concerns about steam power, there is a good hack that will be on this forum somewhere (can't remember where I read it, have read so much stuff) where you can trick t
  6. Yeah the new model with the double basket that came with machine. The wet pucks I was getting were from 16g doses and then the last good one was 18g (didn’t mean to grind as much but went with it). Got the 1:2 ratio in roughly 30 secs. Not sure how important time is, going to play around at weekend with different sizes / times etc.. Using good beans that were roasted almost 2 weeks ago. I spent a bit of time on @MrShadeswebsite yesterday, some fantastic stuff there for sure (the lower drip tray looks fantastic), but will wait a while before making any internal mods.
  7. Thanks for the replies. I have spent far too much time on this sight since posting, I would be lost without all the shared knowledge! My new Gaggia and Mignon arrived the afternoon and I have spent the evening setting it all up, and pulled my first few shots. Pleased to report that coffee did not go spurting all over the kitchen. Choked the machine first attempt, but after that my ratios weren't too bad at all for a first attempt, decent looking crema (I think) and some were very tasty (I think, my palate not refined in slightest). A few of the pucks I had were quite wet looking, wi
  8. This site is fantastic and has helped me with my recent upgrading decision, so thanks to everyone for posting great advice. I have been using the Delonghi Dedica and a cheap blade grinder (now cringing at this) for last 18 months, and decided to start taking coffee a bit more seriously. A couple of weeks research, hours spent on the forums here, and a Gaggia Classic and Eureka Specialita grinder were ordered this morning after a serious amount of wobbling. Almost everywhere I looked the GC was being recommended, and went for the Eureka over the Sage Pro Grinder as it seems to hold
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