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Hello friendly coffee experts, I am fairly new to this forum and have already found it so useful. I was wondering, whether any of you had some advice for me, as I am getting slightly desperate. I bought a Gaggia Classic about 6 years ago. Using the pressurised filter and pre-ground Illy coffee (I know, I know), I used to get a decent shot (sweet and strong). Then the machine stopped working after about 2 years. Probably my fault, as we live in London and I hardly ever descaled it. We have now revived it by replacing the pump, but the shots are now coming far too fast. With my pressurised basket I will get a double shot in about 8 seconds. The coffee shoots out all foamy and then calms down, but tastes watery and bitter. I use espresso that I buy at Drury’s and they ground it for me (I ask them to ground it for the Gaggia). I have now tried to do some research on this site and others. I totally get that the coffee (especially grind and freshness) counts etc, but I did use to be able to get a decent espresso with pre-ground coffee. I have descaled several times and replaced shower disc, gasket and headgroup plate. The new pump is an ULKA and we have also taken the solenoid valve out and cleaned it. I now worry that there is something wrong with the machine or that we have somehow damaged it by cleaning it. Before I send it to an expensive service, is there anything else I can try. Change the coffee? Might a new filter help? I am worried that the flow will be even stronger with a standard filter. Any help at all would be hugely appreciated.