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  1. I am selling my beloved Gaggia Classic Coffee machine as I have recently made the move to a bean to cup machine. This has served me well since I purchased it new in 2012. It has been serviced three times, the most recent being in May 2017. It is very regularly descaled and generally well looked after. Recently, there has been a very slight drip from the steam wand but this has not caused any issues with use. I still have the original box and manual (albeit a little worn) and everything else that came with it. Postage is possible but, given the weight, collection is preferred from Archway in North London. I am happy to meet in and around Central London too if that's easier. Otherwise, postage will be around £15 via Parcel Force. I also have an Ascaso grinder for sale that will be listed too and am happy to do a deal for both. Collection price is £80. Any questions then let me know.
  2. Anyone who read my introduction post the other day will have seen that I just recently entered the world of home espresso making by purchasing a Delonghi Scultura ECZ 351. I quickly realised I'd made a bit of a mistake and should have gone with a Gaggia Classic, but by that stage it was too late to return to the shop. So, I persevered and got a bottomless portafilter and modded the steam wand a little. I'm now pulling what, to me, seem like pretty good shots. But then I am an absolute novice. However, I can't help feeling some buyer's remorse, and despite my better judgement I'm already thinking of offloading the Delonghi and getting a Classic or a Rancilio Silvia. My question is - is there really that big of a difference? I mean, at the end of the day, it's just hot water being forced through the coffee at pressure isn't it? I'm having to temperature surf with the Delonghi, but my understanding is I'd have to do the same with a Gaggia Classic. Would I be pulling noticeably better shots with the Gaggia/Rancilio? Perhaps I should just enjoy the Delonghi and stop overthinking it? I realise this is all highly subjective, but I don't know anyone locally with one of these machines, so internet-based advice is all I have to go on...... I do have a decent grinder (Feld2).
  3. Hello, Need a little help finalizing which of the two to get. (I know the former I can only buy new, but the Silvia I would buy used). With all things being equal (grinder, coffee, workflow, etc) is the shot and steam going to be really that different? I've been a long time Bialetti user and nespresso (for convenience in the morning - but I get specialty roaster pods). But I spend way too much money every day at all the awesome roasters here so its time to learn myself...I'll be making 2-3 cappuccinos max and likely only a couple of times a week (for now). Thoughts ? Thanks
  4. Hi, I have my 1425W Chrome Gaggia Classic - 04/2000 for sale for now £150. It is in good condition for its age & has been looked after – It only has a couple of minor rust patches behind the water tank. Recently I have done the following:- Boiler stripped, cleaned & descaled New grouphead seal fitted New boiler seal fitted New Shower Plate Holder Diffuser Modifications:- OPV set to 10 bar Rancilio Silvia steam wand I will also incude:- Motta Competition 58.4mm Tamper (Less than 1 month old) Gaggia Portafilter with Double unpressurised basket (Less than 1 month old) I am based in Dorset if anybody is local for collection. I can post at buyers expense / risk. See full photo album here: https://imgur.com/a/5CqF9Rp Cheers,
  5. Gaggia Classic Ri8161/40 purchased from Currys 24/11/2011 (still have receipt). Light use as I only drink coffee at the weekend and then only 2-3 cups per day. Regularly cleaned with puly caff and backflushed. The machine is working absolutley fine and produces great coffee, but could probably do with the grouphead seal being replaced (as I never have) and showerscreen. Probably best bet for a new owner would be to buy the service kit for £20 and replace seals and gaskets and then it will be as new. Some light scratches on the top where cups have been warmed. The machine comes with all original parts, and in addition I have upgraded the steam wand to the Rancilio version. Also included with the sale are a bottomless portafilter, 18g VST basket, 58mm Motta art.620 tamper, 2 x milk steaming jugs and the remainder of the puly caff that I havent used. Comes with original box, portafilter normal and pressurised baskets and manual etc. Also for sale is an Iberital MC2 doserless grinder. Again lightly used and cleaned regularly with Puly Grind crystals. Machine purchased from Happy Donkey December 2011. Both items are only for sale as we have recently had a new kitchen fitted, and the wife insisted I sell the 2 separate items and buy an all in one (Sage Barrista Express). She doesn't drink coffee so she doesn't appreciate how much better the coffee is from this combination than an all in one machine (I lost the argument!). Not keen on postage as everything I ever seem to receive via courier gets somehow damaged, so collection please from Bristol/Bath area. Looking for £150 for the Classic with all extras, and £80 for the grinder. For now I would hope to sell both together. I don't intend to sell any of the accessories separately. If you have any more questions or require any more photos then please don't hesitate to ask. https://photos.app.goo.gl/1VYStDx7zTaLrqR2A
  6. Hi all, I've looked for a link in the stickies but can't fine the info so I am asking here. I'm thinking about getting a classic off ebay and wanted to know the basic differnces over time. I understand that Gaggia was bought by Philips in 2009 but were any changes made to the classic then? The only thing I can find out is that in 2015 the solenoid valve was no longer used. I can find info and a thread on the brand new but not the older ones.
  7. Hi everyone, interested to know if you’d be able to tell me if the Gaggia classic ive found on eBay is a genuine pre-2015 model? The seller has a couple listed, and has also sold quite a few recently, and considering I’ve heard they aren’t all that common anymore, I found it strange he had so many to sell. when I messaged him asking how he came about having so many to sell, I was bluntly told “what does it matter?” Thanks everyone! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F202343081356
  8. Afternoon all, About 2 years back I got rid of my Gaggia Classic in favour of a more simple Bialetti stove top, as I found myself having mainly americano or espresso. The Bialetti is pretty good, but its been pretty inconsistent of late for one reason or another, and I do miss the smoother consistency I had with the Gaggia. When I bought the Classic around 7 years ago, it was the one to go for in terms of value, a good starter machine etc. I now wonder is there's anything else out now that is of similar quality? for around the same price. I still use my Iberital MC2 which I think does the job ok, so wouldnt be looking to change this. I read earlier about the Sage machine, but one or two bad reviews put me off. I don't have the time to tinker with these things any more, hence why I went to the Bialetti. So what is out there, up to say £350? Hope all is well in the forum.
  9. Thought I'd share my restoration project here to maybe inspire some others as well as to get some pointers from Gaggia veterans! I wasn't satisfied with my old Breville BES830XL machine and some searching led me to either the Gaggia Classic or the Rancilio Silvia. After watching a couple of teardown videos on the classic and seeing how mechanically simple the machine was, it was the route I decided to take. I found a used Classic from the late 90's for sale and began the project. To say it wasn't well maintained would be a serious understatement! I forgot to take a pic of the machine prior to tearing it apart, but the gold coating on the case was in pretty rough shape and while it seems some folks like the gold look of the older models, it wasn't my cup of tea! Got the machine torn apart here. The bolts holding the boiler to the group head were seized quite badly. Had to use a torch to try and expand the brass on the group head and then I was able to thread out the bolts with some vice grips attached to them. Here's everything laid out and organized so I don't lose track of things As you can see, the boiler and group head were in pretty rough shape. All metal parts ( boiler, group head, OPV, solenoid valve, etc.) got a nice soak in a citric acid bath and I hand sanded the surface of the boiler down to get rid of the pitting. A little more sanding with some 150, 400 and 800 grit and I got the boiler face cleaned up pretty nice. I also did a bunch of hand sanding inside the boiler I ordered up an ebay gasket set and and got everything back together. Now onto the case. I stripped it down to the bare metal and was contemplating leaving it like this, but there was just too much pitting on the front and in the bottom where the water reservoir and drip tray sit. Painted it a "stainless steel" tremclad colour. Turned out alright. We'll see how it holds up over time. Now onto the next phase. Adding a PID controller. I didn't like the look of the external boxes everyone is using, so I decided to use a small arduino + SSR setup and will keep all of the components inside other than a small OLED screen that will sit outside the case. Here's a shot of the boiler with a thermocouple with M4 threads that screwed into the old coffee thermostat location. Testing out the solid state relay with an arduino board I had already made up for another project. This is what the current arduino board looks like. It's not the final state either, but it's much smaller. As is stands right now, I've got the machine up and running and have been using it daily for about a week and it's been running great. I need to finished up the arduino bit and get it all mounted inside. The PID control is working quite well. I also ordered up a bottomless portafilter from ebay and splurged on a nice VST 18 gram basket. Additional things I have planned. Not all of them are high priority: Create multiple pages for the OLED display and cycle through them Read the status of the steam switch to crank up the boiler setpoint for the steam wand. Either add an analog pressure gauge to the front of the machine or use a pressure transducer and use the MCU and OLED to display it Read the status of the brew switch so that the OLED displays a second timer to time the shots Add a second SSR to PWM control the water pump to add a pre-infusion stage The code running on the arduino is here. I'll keep the thread updated as things progress.
  10. [TABLE=width: 1062, align: center] [TR] [TD]2008 model, 1300W Recent gasket and wand o-ring change Rancillio silva wand upgrade Portafilter handle slightly wobbly needs tightening Switch slightly loose again needs tightening Functions well Recently backflushed and descaled Pickup or delivery at buyers cost - offers please! Location - Newcastle upon Tyne[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  11. Hi, First post here and first Gaggia machine. Loving the machine so far even though it did highlight that I need a new grinder, the Bodum Bistro just wasn't good enough even with the 0.8mm offset top burr holder - ROK manual grinder does the job though. Anyway, I notice a lot of folk are sticking card in to the power switch to hold it in keeping the machine from automatically turning off after 9 minutes or so. This isn't great, if the switch has backed off a bit there's a chance of a poor contact which could mean high resistance meaning lots of heat and or fire. My solution, which you can do two ways: 1. Swap the power switch with the extraction/pump switch. 2. Buy an extraction/pump switch (approx £13?) and change it over with the power switch. The only problem with the first option is that you have to hold in the button for your entire pull/extraction... But I actually prefer this option, and, it saves me another £13. The quirk with swapping or exchanging the switch is: 1. One press (switch in IN position) will turn the machine on and it'll stay on, effectively disabling automatic timeout. 2. Another press (switch now in OUT position) will keep the machine on with the 9 minute automatic timeout enabled (operates like normal); unless, the 9 minute timeout has lapsed from 1st switching on, if this is the case the machine will power off. If within 9 minutes of 1st switching on,these two apply: 3. 3rd press (switch in IN position) operates same as first press. 4. 4th press (switch in OUT position) will turn machine off. Hope that helps. Gives you both options of having the 9 min timer enabled or disabled. Simplified: 2015 Operation - Press button twice. (Timer enabled, auto off) Pre 2015 Operation - Press button once and leave on for 9+ minutes. (2nd press turns off machine) P.s. The switch covers do come off and can be swapped over so they identify the switch function normally. P.p.s. Both types of switches are rated for the same voltage & current. Cheers, Kev
  12. Gaggia classic 2006, serviced, large solenoid, new rancillo wand, new seals, comes with standard accessories and stainless steel tamper and milk jug. Black gaggia mdf grinder and Base station with knock out drawer. Perfect kit.£280 collected or can post if needed.
  13. Hi, well after 4 and a half years my Gaggia Baby needs another service and a new Solenoid by the looks of it, do i spend on this or just buy a new Classic? i only have espresso , no milk at all, and i dont want a lever machine, any help would be great!
  14. Having a day off while I was playing with my classics found out that they have different stainless steel bodies according to their production year. Early produced GC have austenitic(non-magnetic) stainless steel chassis while later on they moved to ferritic(magnetic) stainless steel chassis. Maybe pointless topic but just wanted to share [video=youtube_share;FUl8MEOsEvs] http://www.stainless-steel-world.net/basicfacts/stainless-steel-and-its-families.html
  15. Hi all. I've finally given and and promised to reduce the space my coffee "stuff" takes up. I am willing to split, offers welcome if buyer multiples. I have included insured courier delivery prices for the big items and regular for the others, but will give preference to those able to collect from central Bristol. Here are the details: 2002 Gaggia Classic /w Rancilio Silvia steam wand (£90 collection, £105 delivered) I bought this refurbished from our very own MartinB here less than 18 months ago, so you know it's in decent shape! Never had an issue with it, still in perfect working order and it has: Rancilio Silvia steam wand OPV set to 10 BAR New boiler and group seal just 18 months ago Descaled Portafilter and double basket (original, so looking pretty well used) Newer 21g basket Original Box Naked Portafilter (£10 collected, £15 delivered) Fits the above Gaggia Classic, and most likely others. Great condition, a little wear and tear but it's only a year old. Silicon Tamping Mat (£5 collected, £8 delivered) Really nice little counter-edge tamping mat, with space for the tamper and a rest for the portafilter while tamping. Struggled to add pictures but they can be found here: https://imgur.com/a/f7Sp6
  16. 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
  17. Hi folks, i've been lurking for a while, reading reviews and on that basis bought a Gaggia Classic and Iberital MC2 grinder. I love the classic, however as an eternal tinkerer i went after the PID mod to try and get some more consistency in my espresso. I got all the bits together, however the controller i purchased was a CKC tinner Rex-C100. I've two issues, when is set the input as PT100 i get nonsensical temperature readings, i'm using a 3-wire PT100. I'm ordered, or should i say received, a cheap HK variant of the C100 that isn't configurable for pt100, i.e. software is but hardware isn't. Does anyone have experience of this controller. My second issue is that with the two SSR's mounted against the back wall the water spout fouls on the 2nd relay and i can't re-install it. I appreciate any guidance available. Cheers Danny
  18. I have taken my Gaggia Classic apart so many times I have lost count. Every time in the past I have had great results but not this time. I replaced all the o rings, including the big one on the boiler. I have taken the solenoid mechanism apart, cleaned it as I know this is often the cause of problems. The pump is ok. When I reassembled the machine it starts and runs perfectly, water coming out the grouphead. But the moment I put coffee into the portafilter it runs for about 15 seconds and then the sound of the machine changes, becoming quite muted and coffee stops flowing. I can leave it running and sometimes after a few minutes the noise suddenly increases and coffee comes out. Attach another portafilter and back to the same muted sound and no coffee. It is as if when under load it cannot work. I have had this machine for years and have always managed to fix it but cannot this time. I am getting to the point where I will sell this fine piece of Italian engineering for something else? regards Andre
  19. Hi all, Up for sale is my Gaggia classic. This is the 2006 Italian model 1300W. I purchased this about 6 months ago second hand and immediately stripped, serviced and rebuilt it. It comes with the rancillo wand, one double basket (could do with replacing) portafilter (has end cap missing) When I stripped the machine I completely cleaned the boiler, replaced all seals, replaced both boiler and water thermostats, replaced the shower plate for a brass one, as well as the shower screen. I also set the pressure at 9bar using the pressure gauge from the group. Everything works as it should. I've literally only pulled about 10 shots from it since doing the service. Unfortunately I just don't have the time to use it daily so felt like it deserved a new home. Cosmetically it is in great shape for its age. It does have a slight leak from the wand but I'm sure this could be easily rectified. It comes with the original box. All in all, this is a great machine with many more years to offer since being fully serviced. I am happy to post or it can be collected from Suffolk. Postage method and cost can be discussed. £85 + postage
  20. Hi all. I put up a video here with a problem with my Gaggia Classic a few days ago, and the consensus seemed to be that the solenoid valve had gotten blocked with scale debris. The machine is 2011 but new to me, bought second-hand recently. I have been trying to get myself set up over the last month or so, getting a second-hand Baratza Vario from a forum member, tamper, scales, airtight container etc. Also got a brass shower screen holder and gasket as the originals did not look too good. The issue occurred, I think, after I put the machine on its side, to fit the new parts. (Really frustrating as I thought I was finally good to go, have yet to pull a single shot of freshly ground coffee on the machine!) After some helpful advice here I read up what I could on descaling and the issue in general, ran some descaler through a couple of times and used the method of intermittently switching on and off the steam switch. I think I’m really beginning to doubt myself now as I have a fundamental question which might be obvious but I can’t figure out: Is there even supposed to be any water flow through the group head, when the steam switch is on? From memory, the guy who sold me the machine, when showing me the ropes, switched on both the steam and and ON switch, before pulling an espresso. However, most online tutorials seem to have the steam switch off for such purposes. (I don’t drink milk, so steam function only really neeeded for visitors). I have uploaded a short video showing how the water flows now, both with the steam switch on and off (in the former case, not at all), and I would appreciate any pointers or advice: I think I will have to open the machine up and try to disassemble the solenoid valve, but as I said, I am doubting myself now. I should add that there is no water coming out though the pressure release tube, so that must indicate a problem is still there, no? Really appreciate any help, I have posted a new thread as my main question is the one above, cheers!
  21. Hi folks - having some trouble with my Classic recently and not sure what to try next. Symptom is that it seems to be getting repeatedly blocked up (no water running through the grouphead). I've descaled it fairly regularly in the past, and a lot more recently in case it was some scale stuck somewhere that was causing it. I thought it was scale in the Solenoid valve last time and tried the steam on/off method, but this didn't do anything and it cleared after cleaning the holes in the grouphead. I'm going to try it again this evening, but recently when it gets blocked it seems to be because the water hole (for lack of a better word) in the grouphead is getting blocked. To clear this, I remove the shower screen, remove the grouphead and poke around with something skinny and sharp like a needle or hairpin until it looks clear. Most recently when this happened, it was only about 2/3 days since the last time clearing it so obviously I'm just clearing what's blocking the water but not what's causing it. Something that might or might not be relevant which I read here somewhere is that it doesn't seem to be discharging excess water back into the tank when the pump is switched off. Not sure if relevant or not but thought it was worth mentioning.
  22. Hi all, I was hoping I could get a bit of help with something please! I bought a 2011 Gaggia Classic second hand, and it was working fine at the very beginning. I then ordered a new shower screen holder (brass) and gasket as the originals were looking a little tired / corroded. However, now that I’ve replaced them (correctly I think, but you never know) I’m not getting any water flow at all. The answer may be staring me in the face but I’d rather suffer the online embarrassment than more frustration! I’ve added the links to the two parts below, and (I think) a video of the issue. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated! Thanks a mil. https://www.theespressoshop.co.uk/Mobile/en/Gaggia-Brass-Shower-Plate-Holder-57x14mm---WGA16G1002/m-m-1976.aspx[/url] https://www.theespressoshop.co.uk/Mobile/en/Gaggia-Classic-Filter-Holder-Gasket-72x57x85-mm---NG01001/m-m-1968.aspx
  23. Evening all. After a bit of searching and a bit of considering, I think I know the answer here but....... My 2003 classic, unmodified apart from Rancilio wand, regularly descaled and cleaned etc etc has suddenly stopped pushing shots in a decent time. One day, ~30g in 30 seconds, next day we're talking a minute plus for a shot. Pump sounds ok, water flow seems alright if a little light with no group in place from the block, steam pressure fine. Personally I think the pump, which lets be honest is 15 years old now, might have shit itself. However, your thoughts most welcome, learned colleagues. Hope the new year is treating you all well!
  24. Hello, New to this forum, however it seems to be the most active, and I see lots of good advice being offered. I did a couple of searches but did not see my issue discussed, apologies if I missed it. I have used my Classic since I purchased it new in 2015 without any issues, however within the past week or so it seems to have developed a problem with the steam cycle. I pull roughly 20 shots/week, approx. 50% with steaming milk involved, clean the grouphead etc. every couple of months, and backflush at least once per month. 3 way valve seems to be working fine when backflushing and after pulling shots. The symptoms that have shown up are, in no particular order; If I leave the portafilter in the grouphead, as I usually do, after pulling my last shot, steaming milk, cleaning steam wand, drinking, etc., so much heat and/or pressure has built up that I can no longer remove the portafilter with normal force. If I do not steam, everything seems normal when pulling multiple shots, portafilter removes with normal force each time. Although steaming seems normal and results are unchanged, after switching steam off, although lights go out as they should, I can hear pressure and feel heat increasing in both the steam wand and grouphead. Steam knob seems to shut off everything as it should. When cleaning steam wand parts and grouphead after steaming everything is so hot that it sizzles, etc. which it did not do once shut off before. After being shut off with both knob and switch, steam wand continues to hiss and gurgle, as well as blow small bubbles, again which it did not do prior. It seems to me that either a steam thermostat is not shutting off when it should or perhaps a switch or solenoid is not working properly. I am prepared to order parts and replace, just wondering what advice as to which part or parts to start with?
  25. Hey peeps, I'm going to adjust the opv valve on my Classic tomorrow, I've watched a few vids & been through the forum & it all seems pretty straight forward but I've seen conflicting info re a couple of things Whether to have the steam wand opened (which doesn't seem to make any sense to me, wouldn't that let some of the pressure out)? Whether to fill the portafilter with water before starting (wouldn't it just fill up during the start of taking the pressure anyway)? Sorry to ask about a topic with so many posts but finding it difficult to find anything concrete. Thanks in advance
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