Coffee Omega Rocket
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Cannot pull shots on Gaggia Classic

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    32
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default Cannot pull shots on Gaggia Classic

    I cannot pull shots on my Classic. All cleaned etc, lights working etc. VST basket. Pre-ground Illy coffee. Full sized tamper but no distributor. No scales. When I use same coffee with more ‘common’ DeLonghi I can pull something that looks like espresso. Classic: 2ozs in 7 secs maybe, no crema. Why is this??? It surely cannot be fact that I’m not grinding my own coffee beans can it? What’s going on, starting to get bored!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Lancaster
    Posts
    23,906
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    312 Post(s)

    Default

    You need scales, you need a grinder.
    You cant use preground in a Vst baskets its not fresh enough and not fine enough.
    Step 1 get a grinder, decent coffee and scales.
    What size VST are you using out of interest also
    #Beans not machines- all welcome - where we taste and swap beans
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/503036363197361/
    I wrote a blog, it's nothing to do with coffee ...
    https://rjwinc.wordpress.com
    Instagram
    rjw_inc

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Stourport on Severn
    Posts
    3,896
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    59 Post(s)

    Default

    Exactly as above. The only way you would be able to use preground is to use a pressurised basket = poor coffee
    VST baskets require good prep + good freshly ground coffee

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Earth
    Posts
    5,062
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    53 Post(s)

    Default

    If you're wanting to use preground in a classic then you need their pressurised basket to create the back pressure. The VST basket is too highly strung for even some 'entry level' grinders (the mignon is about as low as I'd go due to its micrometric adjustment) to cope with.
    Your DeLonghi most ikely has a pressurised basket/portafilter unless you've modified it.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    Swindon
    Posts
    593
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)

    Default

    you need a pressurised basket (has a single hole and some plastic widget to create crema in a normal spouted portafilter) like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gaggia-Espr.../dp/B007913ANW
    this will make drinkable coffee from preground, but you will want to get on a grinder at some point
    Gaggia Classic Chrome - Mignon Specialita 55

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    32
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Rnash View Post
    I cannot pull shots on my Classic. All cleaned etc, lights working etc. VST basket. Pre-ground Illy coffee. Full sized tamper but no distributor. No scales. When I use same coffee with more ‘common’ DeLonghi I can pull something that looks like espresso. Classic: 2ozs in 7 secs maybe, no crema. Why is this??? It surely cannot be fact that I’m not grinding my own coffee beans can it? What’s going on, starting to get bored!

    Using an 18g straight walled VST. Thanks for your advice, there appears to be a common consensus emerging!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    32
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ashcroc View Post
    If you're wanting to use preground in a classic then you need their pressurised basket to create the back pressure. The VST basket is too highly strung for even some 'entry level' grinders (the mignon is about as low as I'd go due to its micrometric adjustment) to cope with.
    Your DeLonghi most ikely has a pressurised basket/portafilter unless you've modified it.
    ——

    i see that’s very interesting. I’m looking at the new Niche grinder. It would appear this is good enough

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Earth
    Posts
    5,062
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    53 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Rnash View Post
    ——

    i see that’s very interesting. I’m looking at the new Niche grinder. It would appear this is good enough
    The Niche will be more than good enough. It has commercial burrs in a kitchen friendly housing.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Horsham Coffee Roasters

Important Site Information


Google Analytics Alternative