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  1. I'd be grateful for any advice you lovely coffee types can give. I've got a Super Jolly that I've been using with a Gaggia classic and after a good year of use have concluded that espresso just isn't my thing and I love a good pourover. I'm therefore thinking of selling my set up and just having a grinder and v60. I've read in various places online that the Super Jolly is an espresso grinder and as such isn't very good for pourover. Is there a material difference between an SJ and a "pourover grinder"? Should I just hang on to my SJ and use it for pourover or sell up an
  2. Hello all, I am hoping someone is able to help me out. My Gaggia Classic has from new had a problem with poor steam and brew pressure if I leave the machine on too long before using the steam wand. If I used the steam wand within 10-20 minutes of turning on the machine all is well. If I get distracted and come back more than 20-30 minutes after I turn the machine on the steam tends to be weak and will lose pressure before I am able to steam enough milk properly for just one drink. Then if I try to pull a shot after that the pressure there is also weak. Yesterday, I had one of those day
  3. Hi there I have just bought what I believe to be a 2007 Gaggia Classic and am looking to do a full strip down as it has not been looked after . (it was at a price I couldn't say no to) I have found the sticky 'So you've just bought your first Gaggia Classic' so useful and also found this resource: http://protofusion.org/wordpress/2012/04/gaggia-classic-disassembly-and-cleaning/ which seems to outline everything i need to do but is there anything else i need to be aware of? I'm thinking a full gasket/ seal kit as well as a good descaler and cleaner would be essential ( just taken off
  4. I am selling my 5 year old Gaggia Classic, below, having recently up-caffeinated to a Rancilio Sylvia. I've used the Classic every day and had no serious problems. It has been regularly cleaned (but not back-flushed, which is probably a cardinal sin). Used with soft water only. I haven't fiddled with any of the settings and all the working parts are original, apart from the gasket and steam wand. (New Panarella wand fitted.) At one point it started leaking from the boiler, which I rectified by replacing the sealing washer - no problems since. Pump is a bit noisy. Steam/temperature lamp
  5. I am considering a product to turn a Gaggia Classic into a high-tech, internet connected, touch-screen IOT device. I would like to make a kit which you can buy to easily retrofit your pre-2015 machine. It would require only some re-wiring and plumbing and not significantly change the machine's external appearance. Possible ideas/features: Replace the front switch module with a box containing a powerful microcrontroller and a full-colour touchscreen interface with Wifi connectivity - no cutting, no external boxes!!! Full PID temperature control Full closed-loop pressur
  6. Welcome, Stainless steel panel mount liquid filled pressure gauge kit up to 11bar 1 5/8" (41.3mm) diameter for Gaggia Classic coffee machine. £36 including 2nd class signed for shipping to UK mainland. The KIT includes: Pressure gauge Assembly (gauge connector copper pipe brass piggyback. 2 food grade silicone O rings (1 for the piggyback and one for the over pressure valve as you will need to take it off the machine in order to install this kit) Longer bolts. I could also include a returnable hole punch in the
  7. If my grinder is currently set for an 18g VST basket, will that grind work for a single dose basket (eg. the stock Gaggia one)? My wife prefers the smaller single shot in the mornings, whereas I am on the double. Switching between the two is proving difficult, with the double dose grind setting choking up the single basket. Is that just to be expected? All input and suggestions gratefully received!
  8. Hey all so I have got a gaggia classic 2015 before they got rid of the solenoid valve and has the aluminium boiler and would like to know what you lot think it's worth It has a Silvia steam arm, brass shower plate holder, IMS 200 micron shower screen plus a new group gasket. Original portafilter and bottomless with pressurised double and single baskets with crema pin and a non pressurised double. 58mm wooden handled tamp I'm looking to upgrade to a e61 group machine I appreciate you thoughts and opinions
  9. Hey All, Purchased my first machine last weekend from a member on this forum. So far I love it! Machine is really easy to use, bottomless portfilter allows me to see all my mistakes (I have made a lot of mistakes) Looking to buy a grinder (Sage Smart Pro) off another member on here. Thank you all for helping in my journey. Cheers, John
  10. Hi all, Just after some help. I have recently purchased a second hand grind and was in the process of cleaning it up as best i can. I tried some bar keepers friend on the chrome finish exterior body of the machine but it has just gone all smeary and look worse than before i started. Any tips or ideas how I can solve this? Should I have used something else?
  11. Hello! I have an old 90s Gaggia Classic which i've had for a few months. I upgraded the steam want to the rancilio but i'm having problems getting a good milk for a flat white. I previously had a delonghi icona with a rubbish wand but was able to get some pretty good microfoam. What i'm getting is hot liquid milk. It barely gets frothy at all and just starts to get so hot that it essentially boils. Any advice on what I'm doing wrong? Is it a problem with the machine or me?
  12. I have a newly acquired Gaggia Classic, so looking at baskets. I may go down the VST route at some point, but I have a general question. Simply put, what's the point in different size baskets when you can just fill up a standard double basket half way, third of the way or whatever? Is there any advantage in having a smaller basket, and if so what? I know there are disadvantages as well, because the VST 15mm basket is harder to work with than the 18mm. Fill me in on the theory and practice here please!
  13. 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.
  14. Sold - Moved away from making espresso and onto brewed so am selling my machine, grinder, etc... Here is my well loved 2012 Gaggia Classic, it has a rancilio steam wand, brass dispersion plate, IMS shower screen and Sestos PID in aluminium case controlling the coffee setting, the steam setting is still controlled by the standard thermostat. Excellent working condition, OPV set to 9 bar, fully modded to aid temperature stability and shot repeatability. £170 delivered Comes with back flush disk and happy donkey triple basket, standard porter filter
  15. I am using a 58mm tamper but realise now it's a bit on the small side. It's hard to belive fractions of a mm can make a difference but I do think I need something a little bigger. If you have a Gaggia classic, what size do you use? I'm using a standard 14g double basket.
  16. Hi First post on here! I've been using my Gaggia Classic plus Silvia wand for about 9 years now with an Iberital MC2. Having recently had a birthday - have been looking at upgrading. Just not sure about spending the £750ish (Expobar / Simonelli) upward on a Heat Exchanger model - plus then getting a new grinder. Wondering whether keeping the Classic (maybe add a PID) and upgrading the grinder at least initially would be the way to go - perhaps to something like Baratza Sette 270. Be interested in your thoughts
  17. Selling my 2013 Gaggia Classic which is the pre-Phillips model. Its in excellent condition being regularly cleaned and only had filtered or bottled water through it. It's had the OPV adjusted to 9.0 bar and the Rancillo wand added. It also has the IMS brass shower & screen and a 18g ridgeless VST basket. PF seal was changed recently to the blue silicone version. All the supplied accessories are present including the original manual, documents and box. Also includes the tamper and mat. I want £150 for it. Can arrange to meet as far as the Dorset border if this helps.
  18. So I am looking to upgrade in the next couple of months, probably post Christmas but no harm in doing the research. Had a Cubika(with a siliva steam arm)for the past 4 years but have been well aware of its limitations, especially since getting a Mignon MK2. I think the clear way for me to go is to a Classic or a Silvia, both of which I have used since two of my brothers have them and I think the general consensus among us is that we prefer the Silivia and after using them I wold probably aim to get one myself. My question is, after seeing how many modded classics there are around for
  19. Was browsing Gumtree for coffee paraphernalia and found this on there: https://www.gumtree.com/p/other-kitchen-appliances/gaggia-classic-espresso-machine-and-accessories/1269669248 Been on for 20days so might be able to get it a bit cheaper, no mods done but thought it seems like a good deal! Would snatch this up if I wasn't over in West Yorkshire.
  20. Hi all, For one reason or another, after only about 20 months of enjoyment, I'm being coerced by my *ahem* better half, into getting rid of my cherished Gaggia Classic machine and Super Jolly grinder. Gaggia is a 2010 model manufactured in Italy. Both items are in full working order, and it is an extremely reluctant sale, but at least I know these will be going to a good home. The Classic machine will come with a new steam wand attached which I was recommended to get by you good people on the forum. Also a milk jug and a lovely wooden handled tamper. The Mazzer SJ come
  21. Hi, look what I've just found on Shpock - the boot sale app, I thought you might like it: https://en.shpock.com/i/WczO-OfLyE5OE5qc/?lft= Worth a look for someone [emoji106]
  22. Gaggia Classic Good condition commensurate with age and working well, couple of scuffs on left hand side & scratch on drip tray (see pictures) With single & double baskets, plastic tamper thingy and 3 3d printed funnels Higher temperature steam stat fitted along with the Rancilio V3 steam wand, OPV adjusted. £155 ono collect from Dumfries. Delivery if required would be by Parcel Force express48 and cost £16.40 or Parcel Force express24 for £20.90 More pictures in the following posts. Recently descaled and fed filtered water only. [ATTACH=CONFI
  23. Got my husband a gaggia classic and it's stopped sucking up. Makes a loud noise! Descaled it, nothing. Checked that the pump pipe is connected, fine. The water steamer thing (sorry, tea drinker here!), works. After it's let water out (the steamer thing that you turn the knob to use) then seems to deposit chalky water into the tank. Took off the parts where you put the coffee in! And washed them all. Still no suction..... any ideas anyone?! Than you
  24. Hi, I have searched everywhere & i just can't find any information. Is it possible to Remove the Pos 61 3-pole self locking pin on the Gaggia Classic without damaging it for later replacement? I can see there are 4 plastic clips surrounding the unit but I just can't find a technique to remove it. Does anyone have any tips to get this out? Thanks
  25. Hi Everyone, I thought I start this topic, to gather as much information as we can, in the hope for an ultimate recipe, to eliminate the vibration of the needle. I'm far from expert in this topic, so every input would be greatly appreciated. I'm aiming to start the experiment next week, where I'm willing to test the the following variables on a freshly rebuild machine with a stainless steel 41.3mm (1 5/16") glycerine filled gauge: - Water filled / air filled capillary tube - Length of capillary tube (short straight / short single coil / longer 5-10 coils) I would appre
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