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  1. A bit of an update on my PID kit that I've recently been working on. Whilst I'm keeping the current kit alive and kicking, and the full details of it are still here: http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?27931-MrShades-Gaggia-Classic-PID-Kit-Complete-PID-kit-with-full-guide-%A389 I've also been working on a kit that uses a PID controller that looks almost identical to the Auber one. It's 1/32DIN (rather than 1/16DIN for the Rex C100) and therefore half the size. It's half the size as it only has one display (rather than the two displays on the 1/16DIN Rex C100). It's obviously much smaller, and this kit comes with a new aluminium box - that is also a two-part box (Auber seem to use an extruded single piece box, which you can't simply assemble around the controller once you've wired it up). As with the other kit, there's a cut-out in the front (around 44mm x 22mm) and a rubber grommeted hole in the rear. As with the normal kit, all the SSRs and wires and everything else come with it - and they're all the same as the original kit. Hence there's now two options: 1. The original 1/16 DIN kit, with dual display - being a larger unit, with larger enclosure 2. This new 1/32 DIN kit, with single (dual purpose) display - being a smaller unit, with smaller enclosure As with everything, when it's smaller it's also more expensive (which is true for the PID controller and the aluminium enclosure) so this 1/32 DIN version is £5 more than the 1/16 DIN version - so it's £94 shipped to the UK. Any questions, please just ask - and I have these in stock now and if you'd like one then please just PM me. Some pics of the kit and controller: (It was cold in the workshop, and hadn't warmed up - so it's showing 14C. Obviously normally it would show the brew temp at around 93C) A couple of pics to allow you to see the difference between the 1/16 DIN (larger, dual display) and 1/32 DIN (this one, smaller and single display) versions: (Other than the fact that it doesn't say "Auber" on the front, if you can see any difference between this PID and the Auber one then let me know!) For the avoidance of doubt, and to prevent any questions - Whilst this 1/32DIN controller LOOKS like the Auber one, and many (if not all) the menu options are the same - it does NOT have the hidden Auber menus, and it does NOT provide preinfusion or any of the fancy Auber only functions. It provides materially the same functionality as the Rex C100 and controls brew and steam temp. I hope you like it! Many thanks, MrShades
  2. Following the sale of my Gaggia Classic (in recent thread), I have the following additional bits for sale. Brass Dispersion Plate - The brass dispersion plate is good upgrade for temperature stability and retails for c £20. IMS Shower Screen - The IMS shower screen is the GA200IM and retails for £20. Pressure Gauge & Portafilter Adapter - The pressure gauge includes the step down adapter to allow it to be attached to a portafilter to allow the OPV mod to be done. Recall this cost about £10 with the adapter. All 3 items posted for £25.00 Hopefully the following picture will work...… (See following post...!! ) Thank you
  3. I have decided to sell my roughly one-year old Gaggia Classic 2019 (also called the Pro, Model Number: RI9480/18, Serial Number: TU901842081344) here in the forum (coming here directly from the Valuations section). It works perfectly, never had any problems with it, the only reason why I am selling it is because I would like to move into a much higher category (I became highly interested in pressure profiling). I backflush weekly with Pullycaff and descale the machine monthly. I use Brita filtered water and empty the tank after each use. The only scratches I could find is on the side of the plastic water tank and dip tray from touching the steel during the regular removals (bigger clearance would have helped) and very slight marks on the top probably due to the cups kept there (see pictures). I bought the machine directly from the official UK distributor, Gaggia Direct, upon release in December 2018 so along with the 2-years manufacturer’s warranty it came with an extra one from them. This leaves a bit less than 1 year remaining for manufacturer’s and then 1 extra year remaining for Gaggia Direct. But as I did some (reversible) modifications on the machine (see below), I cannot guarantee 100% that the warranty still applies, perhaps some others with better experience could confirm on this. About the RI9480/18 model: After the changes in 2015 introduced by Philips, Gaggia listened to its customers and returned to the well-respected features of the pre-2015 model with the Pro : - Made in Italy (the factory is close to Bologna as far as I know) - 3-way Solenoid Valve which allows backflush cleaning - Professional chromed-brass group and portafilter - Aluminium boiler Along these features they introduced: - A beautiful, newer design with rocket buttons - A professional steam wand (which is the first mod they recommend you to do on a pre-2015 machine if you’re into milk-based drinks) Now there is only one beloved feature missing from the pre-2015 models: the new model lacks the adjustable OPV. Therefore, I replaced the current system with pre-2015 original Gaggia parts to allow a wide range of pressure adjustment instead of the factory preset 15 bar. It is the exact copy to the pre-2015 setup based on the series numbers from the exploded view and I specifically ordered the new parts from MrBean2Cup. Naturally, I still have the 2019 setup available so the modification is fully reversible, unlike other previously suggested methods such as cutting the spring of the safety valve. It is currently set to 9.5 bar. Asking price excluding extras: £350 (The price of a new machine WITHOUT adjustable OPV comes cheapest at around £400.) This includes (see pictures): - Gaggia Classic Pro 2019 machine with UK plug and pre-2015 Gaggia adjustable OPV setup fitted in (I can provide series numbers for parts if needed) - Original box and warranty documents - Original accessories including plastic dosing spoon, plastic tamper, single and double baskets and Gaggia’s ‘perfect crema’ basket - Original Gaggia Portafilter - the double spout got scratched upon removal, it can be replaced for £5 and this has been considered in the asking price - The non-adjustable OPV setup which has been removed from the machine I also have further upgrades available and for buyer's convenience I enlist them as optional extras. Please bear in mind that these extras will become available to purchase separately only after the machine is sold. The remaining ones will appear in a new post. Available extras (see pictures): - Professional beautiful olive wooden double spout chromed-brass portafilter (has much better quality and look than the original one) £25 - Professional single spout chromed-brass portafilter £20 - Pressure gauge for OPV adjustment compatible with the portafilters £15 - 58mm blind filter/ blanking disc for backflushing £5 - Motta 58mm distribution tool £20 - 58.5mm precision tamper with red walnut wooden handle (fits IMS perfectly) £20 - IMS Competition Basket 7-9g single £10 - IMS Competition Basket 12-18g double £10 - IMS Precision shower screen £15 - Brass shower plate holder £10 - Additional tubing for potential later replacement £10 I can also offer an asking price including ALL extras: £450 Delivery: I am based in Birmingham and I would prefer personal collection. Upon collection you can try the machine and ensure it functions correctly (and have a nice cup of espresso) and that it is indeed in a good condition. Moreover, it saves us both the risks of shipment. Nevertheless, I am also willing to potentially consider shipping it especially if your offer includes all or a larger amount of the available extras. Otherwise, if you are located relatively close to Birmingham by train and you can convince me that your location is worth a one-day visit I may 'ship' it myself! 😁 Payment: Cash upon collection or PayPal Domestic Personal Transaction. I think this is the only used 2019 version on the market at the moment, especially the only one with the adjustable OPV setup. Obviously sellers want to sell higher and buyers want to buy lower but, in my opinion, it is important to find a fair and balanced equilibrium so I tried to set the prices accordingly. This is a great machine in great condition and I think it does deserve its asking price. I have uploaded some pictures and will upload more but please do let me know if you require any specific ones. - Adam
  4. I sold this Gaggia Classic a number of months ago collection only, but was persuaded to ship it which proved to be a bad decision. The courier damaged the unit in transit and the group head was detached from the main body on arrival - these are small welds that hold it in place - I have riveted the head in place and it is now solid. I have run the machine and it brews ok. The one slight issue I noticed was a small leak from the steam valve. When I bought the machine, the main chassis was split under the water reservoir, but this is held by a small bolt and nut and does not affect the operation of the machine. It has a silicone caffelat blue group head seal and a rancillo steam wand (also comes with original) Comes with 1 portafilter, 2 double baskets, 1 single basket and a double pressurised basket with the black device that goes in the portafilter. In addition a full seal set, power lead, plastic tamper and old steam knob (which is a loose fit). It's a 1300W model. So given it's history, I am prepared to let this go for only £60 of which I will donate £10 to the forum. I believe it will continue to be a reliable machine but am selling it on the basis that has had some damage in the past, has tested ok but may have other things that come to light with repeated use. I will not post - at your risk or mine. I'm near Thirsk in North Yorkshire and would be happy for a weekend pick up only. Pictures to follow....
  5. Now that my first project machine works again I can post about it here! It was a 10 month process but the behemoth works again. I am on the hunt for a new table/cabinent as the current one is a little sketchy for holding so much weight. What started out as a €175 purchase grew into a little more than that in parts and tools to complete the task 😉 The springs are very similar to my Astoria/CMA group in my Bosco so I did not really need to adjust the grind setting much at all. Here is an original seller's pic for comparison.
  6. One mod which i haven't seen is to put a timer on the steam button. After 5 minutes it should revert to the brew settings. 😸 Any suggestions for such a thing?
  7. I would like to sell my roughly one-year old Gaggia Classic 2019 (also called the Pro, Model Number: RI9480/18) but I would like to ask for valuation as I cannot find a similar one pre-used . It works perfectly and makes an exceptional espresso, the only reason I am selling it is because I would like to move to a much higher category. I backflush and descale the machine regularly. After the awful changes in 2015 introduced by Philips, Gaggia listened to its customers and returned to the well-respected features of the pre-2015 model with the Pro : - Made in Italy (the factory is close to Bologna as far as I know) - 3-way Solenoid Valve which allows backflush cleaning - Professional chromed-brass group and portafilter - Aluminium boiler Along these features they introduced: - A beautiful, newer design with rocket buttons - A professional steam wand (which is the first mod they recommend you to do on a pre-2015 machine if you’re into milk-based drinks) I bought the machine from the official UK distributor, Gaggia Direct, upon release in December 2018 so along with the 2-years manufacturer’s warranty it came with an extra one from them. This leaves a bit less than 1 year remaining for manufacturer’s and then 1 extra year remaining for Gaggia Direct. My personal upgrade include a pre-2015 adjustable OPV system with original new Gaggia parts: the only feature the new 2019 model lacks from the old setup is the adjustable OPV (over pressure valve). Therefore, I replaced the current system with pre-2015 original new Gaggia parts to allow adjustment on the model. This is a significant upgrade and, furthermore, it is fully reversible and more reliable unlike other previously suggested methods such as cutting the spring of the safety valve since it the modification copies the exact pre-2015 Gaggia design with the exact Gaggia parts. It is currently set to 9.5 bar. I would like to emphasise that this upgrade is fully reversible so the machine could be restored to its original condition anytime if desired in order to preserve the warranty. This whole package includes: - Gaggia Classic Pro 2019 machine with UK chord - Original box and papers including documents for manufacturer’s and Gaggia Direct’s warranty - Original accessories including plastic dosing spoon, plastic tamper, single and double basket and Gaggia’s ‘perfect crema’ basket - Professional olive wooden double spout portafilter - Professional single spout portafilter - Original Gaggia portafilter with pressure gauge installed for OPV adjustment + original Gaggia double spout in case you want to use that - 58mm blind filter/ blanking disc for backflushing - Motta 58mm distributor tool - 58.5mm precision tamper with red walnut wooden handle - IMS Competition Baskets 7-9g single and 12-18g double - IMS Precision shower screen - Brass shower plate holder - Pre-2015 original Gaggia OPV setup - 2019 OPV setup, Gaggia shower screen and Gaggia aluminium shower plate holder - Additional tubing for later replacement The price of a new machine comes cheapest at around £400. You can confirm after a bit of online research that the cost of the upgrades noted is well above £350 (especially considering the OPV replacement). Taking into consideration that all the components are in very good condition, around one year old, and the machine still has almost a year of manufacturer’s warranty (+ one year of the UK distributor, Gaggia Direct), how much could I ask for it realistically?
  8. I've been doing some research recently - and have now managed to quite easily disable the 20min timer on the latest 2018+ Gaggia Classic / Gaggia Classic Pro / Gaggia Classic 2019. Some quick background, and where I started from: The first image below is the switchbank of an EU Gaggia Classic 2018+, which has the timer. The second one is the switchbank of a US "Gaggia Classic Pro" version, that doesn't have the timer - but otherwise is very very similar. The wires used are largely different colours, but there's also two or three connectors that are used on the EU version, but unused on the US one. Curious.... ? So - with quite a bit of digging around, tracing wires, taking things apart and general investigation - I found that the easiest way to defeat the 20min timer is to simply remove the two "extra" cables from the front switch-bank (the green one and the blue one below it) and then to bridge these two wires together. Doing this doesn't seem to affect the machine in any other way - it turns on the same, heats up the same, brews, steams and turns off the same (but only when you press the button to do so, it doesn't turn off automatically after 20 mins). Hooray! I've shown some pics of the wire that I made up for this mod - using high temp flexible silicone cable and a couple of 6.3mm male spade connectors - you simply plug one connector in on one side, and the other on the other side, and fold the wire over. Simples and reversible if required. (I'm going to make them slightly longer, as it makes folding them easier - even though it's using flexible silicone cable, when they're short it's not quite as easy). I've also included some additional photos of the wire installed. If anyone buys my 2018+ Gaggia Classic PID kit and wants one of these cables then I'll include one free of charge IF THEYASK FOR IT. (If you've previously bought a 2018+ kit and want one then it's just £1 for 1st Class postage and packing). If anyone else who's a member on here can't make one, and wants to just buy one from me - then I can provide them at minimal cost - £2 plus postage (1st Class 70p, 2nd Class 61p!). I'm still working on a good, effective OPV mod - and I'll probably combine this timer disable mod, with a 9 bar OPV mod, and sufficient silicone pipe to properly replumb the OPV (right now they have the OPV dumping into the drip tray on currnt models, which is a crazy waste of water) within a "Fixes for the Classic 2019" combination mod kit within the next few weeks.
  9. I know there have been a couple is pressure gauge installations described, but I thought I'd share mine. Here you go... I did it about three years ago but only very recently got round to editing the video. The machine is still going strong, giving me a pressure reading every morning.
  10. My old faithful Gaggia Classic had got far too scaled up. A lesson learned, use bottled water. It was time for a new coffee machine, but what to get. After much dilemma about whether a lever machine would be suitable or not, especially when I had guests, I decided against it. My wife decided for me that getting a new Gaggia would be a good idea as I had always been happy with my old one, until it died after lots of use. It seemed a good plan a slightly better machine was going to be lots more money, and lots bigger. The lever urge remained and a quick glance on ebay identified a pre millenium La Pav europiccola in my budget that would satisfy my needs. They both arrived today I have a few things to get, a 49mm tamper, some bottled water, a decent set of scales. I also think I will need to get myself a new grinder as I think the La Pav is going to show the weaknesses of my Iberital MC2. I may possibly get a decent hand grinder for the Pav if such a thing exists, reserach to be done. Anyway, here they are for now.
  11. Hi, I posted this in the best german coffee forum already, so this is something like a english version of it to this nice forum. I would like to introduce my Gaggia Classic Mods to you today (a bit detailed, sorry): My goal was maximum comfort in the smallest possible space. In the standard "open" tank I occasionally found a mosquito or dust, which I found really unpleasant. To change the water and especially to clean the tank after every break of a few hours or days is just too much effort. Standard fixed water machines are either big or expensive or both. Something like this should also be possible with the Classic. We don't drink a lot of espressi, so before there are any questions: I clearly did this mainly because I enjoy learning and making things work! It all started with a Silvia steam wand. Then I upgraded a PID with "pre infusion" and shottimer (actually only because of the shottimer and the omission of an extra clock) and put it on top. The Shottimer is also very practical for "de-steaming" because the water runs through 30s and you don't have to worry about it any longer. After that I reduced of the brewing pressure like shown in a lot of threads. Some time later I started the fresh water supply and led the water from the water pipe via pressure reducer and John Guest parts to the machine. I took the tank out of the machine, sawed off the tank refill, put the pump with L-pump brackets horizontally so the connections fit better. A special elbow for the pressure-proof connection to the hose nipple of the ULKA pump is attached to the pump. From there it goes on via a 1/8" connector to the Teflon hose and then down into the former tank room. Down there I drilled a hole into the machine to the rear and installed a solenoid valve with device connection. The whole then with a transition piece to the pump inlet connected. The solenoid valve gets current like the pump, so that the valve closes automatically when the pump is without current. Works perfectly! The water return line of the overpressure valve also leads into the tank, I put this with a Y-piece into the drip tray, where the water runs off now alternately with the surplus of the magnetic valve. The reduction of the brewing pressure also leads to an increased water drain (excess pressure) into the drip tray, which makes emptying the drip tray more frequent. After removing the tank, the machine is of course "very open" towards the front, so I had a suitable 90° stainless steel plate with cut-outs made, which now also accommodates the PID and a brewing pressure manometer. But I have not connected the latter yet. I find the PID on top or on the side very unattractive. The PID is connected via a plug/socket connection, so that you can pull out the sheet metal and "unplug" the PID. The drip plate of the Gaggia is quite small, and of course water splashes on the new stainless steel plate, just like before on the plastic tank. Therefore I moved the sheet 1cm to the back and made a lightly tinted plexiglass cover in front of it, which is closed with a piece of shower sealing lip at the bottom and held (provisionally) with a small magnet at the top. In the next step I tested how the water drain works best, in my opinion water sticks very well everywhere and only runs off when it gets some pressure. Therefore a horizontal outlet to the back (above the tank bottom) was out of question. Especially not, because then you would always have 5-10 millimetres of water in the drip tray due to the lower rounding of the drip tray and the edge of the screw connection itself. So I drain vertically downwards, which means the machine has to be raised a little bit. In my case by 30mm with four nice fitting door stoppers:) Makes almost more out of the machine than original as I think. In this 30mm ground clearance the drain had to be realized, which I succeeded after some research on parts: First I decided to go for 3/8" because that was the maximum I could get down to the 30mm. In the bottom of the drip tray a hole has to be drilled of course. Into the hole comes from above a reducer 3/8" external thread to 1/4" internal thread, but not a normal one, but one from the photo supplies. This has a slit at the top, so that a) the water does not have to remain 1-2mm in the bowl, but can run off "at ground level" and b) one can tighten the whole thing somehow. From below comes a seal and then a brass elbow with 3/8" female thread against it (is only about 28mm high, fits exactly :)) ), which has a 3/8" external thread on the other side. For this part I had to remove a corner at the bottom of the gaggia, so that the whole connection has a useful place. On the external thread again a 3/8" sleeve is placed. On the sleeve a transition piece 3/8" external thread to 1/2" external thread. Between each of them rubber gaskets. On the latter I put a normal half inch device drain hose directly. I have read here about various drain problems and wanted to put something behind the kitchen that is not too thin afterwards. The drain hose runs through the kitchen worktop (together with the John Guest hose for fresh water, of course) and then runs down a slope about 2m behind the kitchen (underlaid lengthwise so nothing can sag) to the sink where it drains into the siphon together with the dishwasher and sink. Conclusion: - The little Gaggia can be technically converted in this way quite well . - Of course, it cost me most of all: time! As there are no manuals or parts lists for it, and most of the time I only heard the argument that the machine is far too small for all this anyway... so I'll publish this here, if anyone else wishes to do something alike. It was quite some effort to find all the information and parts and make everything fit. This hobby energy I gladly invested. Fortunately I was already educated for working on electrical devices, and you need some manual skills. - The fixed water supply works really nice! - The used water drainage also works very well, but there is always a small layer of water sticking to the bottom of the drip tray (even without coffee remainings), simply because there is no reason for it to run off, because the drip tray itself has no gradient big enough to overcome the adhesive properties of the water. The drip tray must of course be taken into account when cleaning the machine in general. - open points: Connect manometer, hold transparent panel differently and: - In winter the fixed water is quite cold, which is on average rather at room temperature for the original tank, except for the first time after filling. I could imagine that this could be a point of criticism for the small boiler, I have to measure how the PID and everything reacts to this when I put the tank in the tank Perhaps some people will like or benefit from this report. If you find some typos or something, please send me a PN. Many greetings Matthias
  12. Hi all, I have an minimally modified Gaggia Classic (2007 ish). I am still striving for espresso perfection. I prewarm the machine for >20 mins and then almost always make two coffees back to back (ca 5 mins apart; I have to keep the OH happy). I am recording and noting every possible variable for both shots, but am I going over the top for the second shot. From what I have read the temperature on the second shot will be all over the place, if that is right, what's the point? Would a PID improve the consistency of the second shot? Shot data: Bean type, roast, age, storage condition, Bean weight into grinder, Grind setting Bean weight out of grinder Distribution method Tamp force (subjective) Yield Time Crema Taste...
  13. I thought that I would share my experiences renovating anexample of the model commonly known as the Gaggia OWC (Old White Coffee). Except that this example isn’t white, it’s afetching 80’s sludge brown colour, it is not the common Coffee model, but it iscertainly old. I got it from eBay for £10 reasoning that it would be worth itfor entertainment value alone, and it was located only seven miles from me sowhy not?The person that I bought itfrom told me that he had paid £300 for it in 1983 (equivalent to about £950nowadays). He also told me that it works fine except that it doesn’t steam.Yeah, well, we’ll see about that. There’s not much information on this model out there, but itis generally regarded as the precursor to the Classic model. After havingstripped it and fiddled with it for a few weeks I agree with some opinions thatit can be regarded as almost a Classic on steroids. It has a powerful pump,1500W heating element, OPV, large three way solenoid valve and a large boilerwith a substantial brass group casting. Downside is lack of spares. There is ageneral feeling of quality and solidity to it. Not that it’s perfect, there area few design deficiencies that I hope to address as I work on it. The serial number is 3101, possibly making it a very earlymodel. The brass group casting is slightly different from other pictures of OWCgroups posted online, suggesting that it is an even earlier casting pattern: itdoesn’t have a raised boss where the OPV mounts and has an unused, drilled andthreaded boss behind the OPV for mounting a thermostat. The boiler is larger than the later Classic type. See the photoshowing the two side by side to see how much bigger it is. OWC on the left, later boiler on the right. I'll post further details later.
  14. Gavin

    Group Gasket

    I've never changed the group gasket on my Classic in the last 5 years due to intermittent use. Now i'm pulling 10-15 shots a week I'm wondering if i should change it? There's no leaking but original gasket does feel a bit tough, the portafilter locks at about 5 o'clock. If i do change should I go silicone? and why? Is this the boy I might need.... https://www.bluestarcoffee.eu/gaggia-silicon-group-gasket-85mm-7455-p.asp? Advice appreciated, many thanks.
  15. Hello to all you fine coffee lovers and Merry Christmas what's left of it. Simply put I have been lurking on this forum for far too long dipping in and out of posts when I had 5 minutes spare or to try and find the reason behind my poor shot pulling abilities its a rocky road which many find themselves giving up and going the easy route, not for me I take the difficult route every time maybe for all the wrong reasons at times but anyway thats me and my little opener. Thanks to you all for your help that I have not yet thanked in my lurking days, I am here now to make amends
  16. Hello guys and gals, I have not done anything to my Classic in a while and am itching to do a mod to curb the current upgraditis urges. I liked the whole dimmer thing that I have done a few people do in the forum and I understand that the pump should be replaced for that. I know @MrShades recommends the Invensys 65W CP3A pump but since Invensys are no more, I'm not certain which one of the results that comes back on fleebay is the correct pump. (http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xcp3a.TRS0&_nkw=cp3a&_sacat=0) Any ideas? Thanks.
  17. Have upgraded my grinder and espresso machine and am selling my beloved Gaggia Classic. It’s the gold edition made in 1998. I’ve had it for 3 years. It has the Rancio upgraded steam wand. with it is the ultra reliable Iberital MC2 grinder which has a mammoth range of grind adjustments. the grinder is 5 years old. In terms of usage, I’ve used both to make morning coffees on the weekend for my wife and I. looking for £200 for both With this combo I’ve been pretty happy and have made a “god shot” on multiple occasions. Have given both a good clean, rather annoying I used a light toothbrush on the right side and slightly scratched the plating but am pretty confident that will come out with a proper polish. I’ve tried to show that in the photos! Am based in NE London. Any questions give me a shout!
  18. OPV Adjustment for the Gaggia Classic 1. You will need a pressure gauge that has been modified to fit the bottom of the standard domestic Gaggia portafilter. (fig a) This assembly cost me less than £10 to construct and the parts were readily available. 2. Prime and warm up your machine to the normal operating temperature (At least 20 mins). 3. You’ll notice that there’s no basket in the portafilter above, false pressure readings will be given if you leave it in there. Fill the pressure gauge with water from your machine before attaching it to the head. This serves to eliminate the chances of air being trap in the portafilter and primes your machine for the first test. 4. Switch the pump on. As the pressure rises open the steam valve a little, this will hopefully allow any remaining air out of the system. Once you have a steady stream of water from the steam wand close it and allow the pressure to build until it settles. If you’ve never adjusted your OPV before you’ll probably looking at around 14 bar of pressure. These machines are shipped at this pressure for use with pods so if you do use pods don’t touch a thing. Make a note of your reading and switch off the pump. 5. SWITCH THE POWER OFF AT THE WALL AND REMOVE THE PLUG FOR ABSOLUTE PEACE OF MIND. 6. Remove the two screws from the rear of the top plate and lift away. There is an earth wire attached to the cover, remove it but do not forget to replace it on reassembly. 7. It’s hot in there, be careful. Part of the reason for having the machine warm is that it comes apart a lot easier. Locate the OPV (fig b) (fig b) OPV valve Remove the pipe and put it to one side out of the way. (fig c)[/center] (fig c) OPV pipe removed Using a ratchet wrench, extension and 17mm head remove the top of the OPV. I have specified the tool because I have read of people attempting this with spanners or adjustable spanner even pliers. This is a really bad idea. Like I said it’s hot and you will inevitable burn yourself. At best a spanner will slip and you may damage something else such as your solenoid. Once the top of the OPV is removed you will see a small 5mm (3/16) hex head inside. It can be difficult to see sometimes as there will be water on top of it, but trust me it’s there. (fig d 1 and 2) (fig d 1) OPV, 5 mm hex head revealed Insert a 5mm (3/16) Allen key in the hole and turn it anti clockwise approximately 270° or three quarters of a turn. Reassemble your machine in reverse order. Don’t forget that earth wire and re test the pressure. 8. This is known as a static pressure test which means there’s no flow through the portafilter. The pressure you should be aiming for is 10 bar not 9 bar. This is because the difference between a static reading of 9 bar and a dynamic reading i.e. with flow through the head is 1 bar less. Therefore you need to set your machines to 10 bar which will give you 9 bar dynamic. Here's a video of the gauge in action (at this point it's reading 9 bar instead of 10 bar) 9. You will need to repeat this a few times to get it right but it’s worth it IMHO. I am pulling vastly improved shots with much better crema. Disclaimer: I can not be held responsible for any damage that may invalidate any warranty. You should only attempt this adjustment if you know what you are doing and have the right tools to do it. If you do not feel in any way confident then leave it alone.
  19. Hi peeps My trusty old Gaggia Classic has been playing up and not drawing properly, so I've taken it apart and cleaned out all the usual places, including stripping open the boiler to clean inside there. It worked briefly afterwards and has then started to trickle through. So presumably there's been a blockage somewhere. I then left it for several months and finally took another look today only to find loads of gunk inside and mould in the 2 tubes that go into the water reservoir. I've 2 questions. Where can I get replacement rubber tubing for those? How can I clean inside the Elka pump (see photo), as that's the last place I've yet been able to clean? Actually, a 3rd question. Is there anywhere else I should clean that I've not found yet (have cleaned inside the boiler, group head, shower plate, solenoid valve)? Thanks in advance folks Dan
  20. Hi, Does anyone have a portafilter for a Gaggia Viva or Cubika machine,as the one my wife has has cracked, Cheers
  21. Naked Portafilter has (I believe) a triple shot basket, good condition with normal scuffs around the lugs - £15 posted Double Spouted Portafilter with double gaggia basket and plastic screw off spout - £12 posted Thanks!
  22. I recently found that the KitchenAid Artisan espresso machines used mainly Gaggia Classic parts inside and that they were dual boiler so I managed to pick one up from Ebay at £41 in a nice fetching "Medallion Silver" finish. It would be a great starting point for a project. I did have in mind re-casing the whole project but the KA casing is in fantastic condition and does look a lot better on the counter-top that it does in photographs. Anyway, It all worked absolutely fine on testing and produced a decent espresso. The steam boiler I could hear a slight hiss from and upon inspection noticed a little weeping between the top/bottom boiler sections. The plan is to completely strip, clean, re-seal and rebuild the boilers, 3 way solenoids, OPV etc. Clean up the casing and framework. Add all the Arduino gubbins. Features/Mods: 1. I've already modified a V1/V2 Silvia wand by cutting and welding the "ball joint" section from the old wand onto the Silvia wand - So now it articulates! 2. Arduino controlled PID's with PT100 sensors and SSR's. I'll program the steam boiler to go into Idle mode after 5 mins of no activity and reduce temp to save the seals. 3. An SSR to PWM the pump so I can add pre-infusion and possible pressure profiling at a later date. 4. Volumetric flowmeter so I can switch between volumetric shots, time-based, or manual 5. Possibly add pressure sensors for boiler pressures (and brewhead pressure if I can figure out how) 6. Will add other features like On/off for service boiler, descale/backflush programs, steam boiler auto-refill etc 7. Remove the two useless temp gauges and replace them with OLED displays 8. Original switch gear will be replaced, possibly a d-pad/joystick type for scrolling through menus Photos of the machine in it's various stages of disassembly below: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1B3v_CZkXpclEsZ6LjCiI0q16ndA4oxRd Any ideas of features that I've missed or would be a good addition please let me know. Any information of any kind would also be appreciated, always good to ehar other people's experiences of similar projects. Cheers, Kev.
  23. Hey everyone, I got myself a Dedica and a second-hand 90's Gaggia MDF i could afford - basic as it is, it's a major step up from the Nespresso capsules.- The MDF has about 12g of retention in the path, however, and some more in the dozer - and i didn't want to get yesterday's grind every time so i modded it heavily; the dozer has been removed, as well as the portafilter holder (because the Dedica's portafilter is too big to fit there) i made the 'stepless' conversion and calibrated the height i'm using the top of a PET bottle to get the coffee out on-demand (plus a small spoon to clear the cofee-path) It's spartan. It's ugly. It works and makes a pretty decent cup. It's noisy as all hell, though, and that's beginning to be a problem. It's also strange to me that my espresso grind needs to be on '1' to get ~25s extraction but maybe that's normal? Would you get rid of the MDF? Revert it to its original state and solve the retention another way? Maybe you just have a recommendation for a quiet grinder with good value for money? Thanks in advance!
  24. Hello All, I've been looking for a shallow drip tray or my classic and have come across this: http://www.gaggia.uk.com/caffeshop.htm#!/Stainless-Steel-Metal-Drip-Tray-for-Classic/p/65656223/category=3540309 I like that it's stainless and slim enough so I can just about fit a normal mug under the portafilter. Does anyone have experience of these and offer any alternative?
  25. Hey guys! I have a Gaggia Classic bought in 2016 from the UK. It should be 9403/11. I have a double basket but I don't know whether it is a 14g or 16g basket. Mine has a ridge on the vertical side. I have been dosing 17-18g and flow seems okay, but the taste is bitter. The following video at 4:10 shows of the two baskets. Some images of the basket I have. From left, Gaggia Pressurized Single, Gaggia Pressurized Double, and Gaggia Commercial non-pressurized double Coffee that comes out with the lack of crema. Looks like overextracted with 17-18g? Thanks in advance!
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