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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeechap View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeechap View Post
    Volvic
    Essential Waitrose Lockhills & Tesco Ashbeck is good too.

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    I used to use Volvic, but I now use Ashbeck. I didn't notice any change in taste, just a few bob saved and no water marks on the tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr-bean View Post
    No it's anything that boils water. When you boil hard water it evaporates leaving behind a mix of calcium carbonate and magnesium, mixed together they form limescale. So the less calcium or magnesium you have, the less the deposit.
    The comment I made was in response to @gaggiamanualservice.com saying not to use bottled water ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by gaggiamanualservice.com View Post
    Don't use bottled water. The minerals line the boiler and give heat issues.
    THIS is the comment I don't understand!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MildredM View Post
    THIS is the comment I don't understand!
    Think he's referring to bottled waters with high calcium content.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MildredM View Post
    THIS is the comment I don't understand!
    It'll most likely be the advice from gaggia as they won't want to specify any specific brands which are boiler safe. Much easier just to say don't use it.

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    So both Volvic and Ashbeck are ok for the Gaggia then? If so, perhaps I'll save some money on the next lot I buy and go for Ashbeck!

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    They're both "safe" for the machine in terms of scale. Their mineral composition and pH differ though. I used to use Ashbeck but prefer Volvic as it seems to produce a juicier tastier shot. Ashbeck can sometimes taste a little dry. Waitrose Lockhills is as good as Volvic to my tastes, safe to use in espresso machines and closer to Ashbeck in price. If I ever find myself near a Waitrose in the car I stock up.

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    If it's mineral water you will have issues.

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