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  1. All, trying to get my head around the reason for adjusting the OPV on my new to me Gaggia Classic. I've done a whole bunch of searching, but nothing that exactly answered my question. Closest I got was here. Right now I am trying to dial in the tamp/grind/dose to just get flow through the machine (a different thread I have). Am I correct that even if you have a machine that has the OPV setting at 12bar, if you have a puck that will flow at 9bar that OPV won't come into play/matter. So if I can't get flow through a puck at a 12bar setting, changing the OPV to 9bar won't change anythi
  2. Afternoon all. I just got into this espresso coffee, namely for making lattes in the morning and just got the Sette 270 and the new (to me) Gaggia Classic up and running. A quick history on what I have tried so far. Fresh (beans)from a local store. I started with a setting on the Sette of about 3 with 18g of beans in a double PF basket. With that I couldn't get very little if any flow with a moderate tamp. I did the same weight of beans and went to a setting of 5 and was a little different, but still not anywhere close to where I needed to be. So I went to the same weight of
  3. Multiple Classic owner here, strange problem that I can't quite work out. My machine seems to regularly lose pump prime. It starts off all good, flowing water happily through grouphead, unless I grind a bit too fine and restrict the flow past a certain point. Then, the pump seems to air-lock and water flow ceases. I try the usual pump prime/fill techniques (eg opening steam valve) but it won't suck up enough water to prime. A couple of syringe squirts up the inlet tube generally sorts it out, but it can take a while. Then, water flows perfectly, and things are OK and coffee is fine -
  4. Hi all, I've searched around a bit and found a lot of helpful stuff that's allowed me to keep my baby class going for a while now, but lately I'm stuck. It didn't get used/descaled much through the warm months, so I took it all apart to clean it up, which I've done before and it's worked wonderfully. This time though, I'm still not getting water flow to the head - it barely drips out. I've taken the 3 way off and cleaned multiple times, same with the boiler etc. If I run the pump with the 3 way disconnected water shoots out of the boiler no problem. I'm just a little stuck now as
  5. hi all People on here were super helpful with problems a couple of years back, so posting again.. I recently descaled my Gaggia Baby (after leaving it a bit too long for a hard water area). It was fine before the descaling. The descaling went fine, but now I have an issue with almost no water flow through the filter holder apparatus. It will just about make a coffee, but takes about 5 minutes instead of 5 seconds, and I'm worried it will give up altogether. Water seems to be escaping back into the water reservoir, as you can see bubbling in it as the machine is straining to prod
  6. 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. (Reall
  7. 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
  8. Been the proud owner of a Gaggia classic for 2 years. Never had any problems after using it daily. I used filtered water and performed regular maintenance and regular cleaning. However about a month ago the pour flow dramatically reduced to the point where its just dripped. After a backflush made no difference I dismantled everything. The linescale was quite built up in the boiler but a night of every component submerged in descaler brought everything up cleaner. I put everything back together.......but sadly it made no difference. Searching this forum I discovered the OPV mod so adjusted the
  9. I've been pulling shots from a used Gaggia Classic (unknown year) for a couple of months now. It's always taken a consistent 25 seconds to pull the requisite 2 oz or so. In the last week, it's suddenly starting to flow a lot faster. If I let it run for 25 seconds, I get way more espresso than I want. Another way to put it: now to get the same amount of espresso as I previously got in 25 seconds, it only takes 17 or 18 seconds. The coffee tastes and looks more or less the same. Maybe a bit less crema. When I got the machine, I adjusted the pressure on the OPV to have 9 bar at the grou
  10. Hi All, First off let me say, fantastic forum you've got here, you've already helped me so much with my technique and equipment. Unfortunately iv'e got a bit of an issue that i'm not sure how to address... but firstly, what i'm working with - - Gaggia Classic circa 2003: reconditioned by me, new group head gasket, new shower screen and a thorough backflush / decal. Also fitted a Rancilio V2 wand - Krups GVX2 grinder: all i could get at the time. Will buy a Eureka Mignon when Belle have them in stock again. - 58mm stainless tamper Also worth noting that I buy fresh bea
  11. Dear La Pavoni fellows, please can someone help me answering a very simple question? The following happens with my machine: The coffee already flows strongly when I lift the lever up. I thought only a little bit would come out int the top position, but it would mostly come out when you move the lever downwards. Did I misunderstand? Or is there a problem with my technique or my machine? Thanks so much for any advice from more experienced expresso makers... I am still quite new to this. ejulia
  12. Hi all, Been having a few issues with my classic. I bought it off the forum around the end of Jan and I know it had been fully cleaned, serviced and descaled. I'm a light user (6-8 cups a week) but after 6 weeks all of a sudden the flow rate had slowed right down. Even without the portafilter on it was taking over a minute to get 30ml out. So I descaled and after running the descaler through the group head for a few mins there was a bit of a splutter and flow rate was back up to normal. A couple of weeks ago the same thing happened again any flow rate had slowed to a trickle (i gave
  13. Would like to try a VST or similar basket as I think I would like to see if I can impove thinks abit. Has anyone got first hand experience with a classic ? And where is the best place to buy ?I have looked at few places and some people don't seem to have the stock of the double basket..
  14. Here is a video of a pre-2009 classic that suffers from two problems: The on light doesn't work; it sometimes comes on, and most of the time does not. If it does come on, it then goes off. The brew light seems to work as intended. No water is being pumped out the group head or the steam arm. What are the likely reasons for these two issues? Because this is not my machine, I would rather not do any teardown of the components (in fact, I would prefer not to really open it up given the fact the funnel screws are almost stripped completely). The shower screen and grouphead
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