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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. 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...
  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. 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
  10. Hi, Does anyone have a portafilter for a Gaggia Viva or Cubika machine,as the one my wife has has cracked, Cheers
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  17. I've finally completed the install of the REX C-100 PID on my Gaggia Classic 2019. The OPV mod made my shots drinkable, this PID mod made my shots enjoyable. I must say I've noticed huge improvement in the cup. Coffee taste is much more balanced and I have more control over it. I was not able to find proper PID settings online. I've done some experimentation and found settings that would allow for aggressive overshoot upon temperature drop, so the boiler would act a bit like a heat exchanger during brewing. More pictures and PID settings: https://yirga.pl/gaggia-classic-2019-pid-rex-c100
  18. Hi All, A few months ago I bought a Gaggia Classic (2008 Italian made model) on Ebay. The goal is just to keep keep it at work and kick the expensive daily latte habit off one of those mobile vans. I don't want to bring it to work until I can reliably make a decent latte. I'm not likely to start drinking espresso shots plain (I'd never say never but not likely) so just a decent shot for a mixed drink is fine. I cannot use this machine. I have made and dumped down the sink a hundred shots. I bought a new shower screen. The portafilter basket it came with had clearly had a hard life (it was black and I couldn't clean it so I replaced it). The machine came with the plastic Gaggia tamper. I thought that might be my issue so I bought a metal one. I am getting blonding in about 5-6 seconds. A 25 second pour would be a sour and watery mess (I tasted it just to see but it was vile.) I'm letting it heat up for 20ish minutes before first use. I did clean the group head with calputty and back flush. I haven't descaled it yet but I have the Gaggia descaler to do when I get time but I'm not sure that's really going to be my issue. I can't see any channelling in my pucks. They come out solid and don't seem to have any channels around the edge of the basket. Sometimes there is water on the surface of the puck when I remove the portafilter from the group-head but always. I have tried to move around from 14G to 18G in a double basket and this is not pressurised version. I don't yet have my own grinder but I did get a bag of beans from a local well regarded "artisan" coffee roaster and have them grind them for me the day before I got the machine so at least at first the beans were fresh. I have a Starbucks Barista grinder bought, just waiting for it to ship so I can do the mod and grind my own beans but I'm finding it hard to believe that the grounds are the sole issue in a shot so bad and fast it's literally not fit to water plants with. So anyone got any ideas what's going wrong or where I should go next? My bathroom scale is a fancy glass one so the only thing I haven't done is figure out how many psi I'm tamping with as I think it would break my scale/my scale wouldn't work for that anyway due to how it works. Again I'll get my own grinder set up with a new bag of those same beans when it gets here and I clean and adjust it, but I just want a head start of what else to do while I wait. For reference it won't work with Lavazza espresso either which some people from what I've read on forums are quite ok with for a bog standard shot for lattes etc. Is there anything about the machine that could be malfunctioning that could contribute to this and is a descale likely to help? Do I need to dial the pressure back on the OVI (right acroynmy?) because the machine didn't come with the pressurised black plug thing it would have been designed for originally (It's lost so I don't know if it works better with that or not and really I don't want to do pressurised shots so would rather get it working the way I want if possible.) Thanks for any help!
  19. I am still having problems with this machine... As I wrote in my prevoius post the machine came with defect brewing group. This was fixed. Now I have another problem - the red lights are blinking after turning on. Tried fixing it as advised in the user manual - turn off, wait, turn on- nothing. I performed the testing and everything seems ok but one - no hot water from the steam tube. Somewhere I saw that there might be air in the system and this might be the problem. or maybe the boiler is gone... but the last seems not very probable - the machine is one month old. Any ideas how to solve this problem - maybe somehow reset or de scale... Any ideas are welcome! Thanks in advance!
  20. Hello everybody, I just got a Gaggia Naviglio which I think has a problem. Unfortunatelly I cannot service and return it because I bought it from another country. So I will have to try to fix this problem with your help. The problem is as follows: When I unpacked the machine I went through the instructions at the manual and somehow the inital priming did not finish. The used coffee bin would not come out - it was blocked by the Brew Group (initially). Now I am able to make one cofee and then the door for the BG will open by itself and again the BG will not be in a neutral position (the two arrows pointing at each other). In this situation I can hardly remove the BG and the used coffee bin is again blocked. When I remove the BG and close the door and put back the bin, theere is a rotating sound ant after that I can put back the BG. The BG is just a few millimiters away from neutral position and there is a lever? pointing backwards... (pls see attached pics) And if I make a coffee somehow the BG's lower end pushes out the door to open. Sth else is interesting - there is almost no used coffee in the bin, but there is grinded coffee at the base - where the BG is inserted. Do you gyus have any ideas how to fix this issue. I am almost desparate because my wife and I love good coffee and so far every day was starting with a cup of coffee... And the old machine is gone... Any ideas are welcome plus I can answer any additional questions you might have. Thanks in advance! AT
  21. It's time to sell my beloved Gaggia 'Tin Man' which is fairly identical to the La Pavoni Professional and uses pretty much the same parts as the Professional. Rumour has it they're made in the same factory and it is equivalent to a millenium/post millenium Pavoni being made after the year 2000. Overall it is in very good condition and shines up well! Included is a naked portafilter which I made myself - it's not to the same standard as a shop-bought item but for a home-made effort it does the job - I have also added a temp strip to the grouphead. I have also fitted a single-hole tip to the steam arm, this is one of the best upgrades you can do to these machines as the standard tip has 3 holes and is extremely difficult to manage. The machine was descaled a couple of months ago and hardly used since. There is no structural rust or rot under the drip tray - there's a speck of surface rust but that'll probably come away with a bit of elbow grease. The basket included is a double basket In the spirit of honesty, here are a few negligble points to note There are a couple of marks to the chromed boiler which are pictured. Due to the location of these I think its where milk has splashed onto the boiler and hasn't been cleaned off by the previous owner. When I bought the machine earlier this year, the dial for the pressure gauge was loose and had become detached from the gauge. I have since misplaced this, however between 10pm - 11pm on the gauge is around the right pressure for the machine (around 1 bar I think). A new gauge is readily available online and simply screws in. I noticed whilst cleaning it this evening that the plastic clip that attaches the base to the chassis has come loose. Again, it seems fine as it is and it's still attached to the chassis with the screw that goes into the area under the drip tray, but if the new owner wanted to, a new base is approximately £8 online I would prefer collection as these items are delicate. I won't rule out packaging up as secure as I can and posting, but I can't accept any responsibility for damage in transit i'm afraid. On the plus side, if collecting i'll demo the machine and make you a drink! I am looking for £330 collected from South Oxfordshire. I would have thought postage via Parcelforce would be around £15 but please bear in mind that this is not preferred and I can't accept liability for damage so the buyer bears the risk of this. More pics here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ycE53dzkHFDmQQv99
  22. Hello everyone, Just looking for some advice as I purchased a Gaggia Classic 2nd hand and so don’t know if my machine is actually working properly or not. Since having it, I have descaled twice and cleaned the shower screen/group and this has improved the flow but not sure if it’s still enough? Also, haven’t backflushed as I don’t know if it’s ok to do so on my machine. My puck is a little soupy so don’t think I have the solenoid valve and therefore shouldn’t be back flushing anyway - if there’s a way to find out please let me know. Video of flow rate - Thanks in advance!
  23. Hi from Warsaw, Poland to all users! I was lurking lot of coffee forums, but here the atmosphere is really friendly and users are experts! ::) I'm an experienced coffee lover, but newbie espresso fan. After googling I discovered home barista forums, blogs and found out that 100€ Delonghi machine will not provide me a proper espresso… "So I have just bought my new Gaggia Classic" Since few weeks I enjoy single espresso from ESE pods and think about most important device which is grinder. Second hand market of coffee grinders in Poland (where I live) is rather small and I don't want to buy used stuff without opportunity to see it before. So I want to buy a new one, a grinder that will help to learn make a proper espresso with a non-pressurized basket. My budget today is about 200-250 £. Next year, my budget for grinder would be about 600 £ So I have a choice, buy today some cheap (Graef) grinder, learn how to make espresso, and in few months upgrade. Or buy today Eureka and upgrade in let say 2 years. Do you think, Graef or Lelit will let me learn on non-pressurized basket, or in my case Macam M2M or Eureka Mignon is a must? In my local shop I have choice of: Graef CM 800 - 120 £ Lelit Fred PL043MMI - 170 £ Ascaso i-1 mini - 235 £ Rancilio Rocky SD - 240 £ Macap M2M - 255 £ Eureka Mignon (old ver) - 270 £
  24. Four Gaggia Cups And Saucers Great Condition 8.5 diameter6.2 highVolume 4 fluid ounces £19.99 plus p&p
  25. 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.
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