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  1. Hi all, what shot glasses are people using to weigh their shots out? Just got some thin scales to put on my drip tray but the shot glasses I have don't fit. They are the happy donkey 1.5oz ones and 55mm tall which appears to be too tall. Thanks
  2. Hi there, I bought a second hand Gaggia classic and descaled (Gaggia own descaler) and backflushed (Cafiza) as instructed by a Gaggia Classic video. I have since flushed at least five tanks of water and made about 10 espressos only to find out that there's still some very little white particles in the water (alongside a few coffee grains) when I run just water through the group head. Do I need to continue flushing water through the machine or go for another descale? PS I've been using normal tap water (Birmingham) and water from a Brita Jug - it makes no difference whatsoever.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. I recently took my Gaggia classic apart to do a thorough descaling and clean. I have put the machine back together and re-wired following the photos i took beforehand. However, when I switch the power switch on, the boiler gets hot but I also start to draw some water through and I get a noise as if the pump is on. However, I don't get a full flow rate. The noise stops if I switch the steam button on. Then, if I switch the pump button on, I draw water through at the appropriate flow rate and also get the sound of the pump working. (and produce a good shot) I've checked as be
  6. Thinking about selling all my stuff, there are a few issues for me. 1. I am around 23 stone currently (6ft 8" tall) I am trying to get down to 17 stone which is perfect for my height. Whole milk doesn't help this at all, too many calories. I have been doing 1500 calories a day of nutritious food for 4 weeks and lost 1 stone 7lb so far. The main problem is that this works best when you intermittent fast - so wake up in the morning then fast all day until 6pm, eat a huge meal, then a smaller supper. This kind of fasting is also great for insulin and diabetes tolerance. 2. My gaggia cla
  7. Steam wand fine....power fine....apparently pressure okay aswell. BUT water just trickles through and it doesn't sound as loud as usual. Ive replaced the pump with a new one and still same problem. What should i try replacing NEXT??? 2004 Model; Made in Italy.
  8. Hello, I have decided to finally join this forum after referring to posts on here for some time now to get information about my pre 2015 Gaggia classic. I currently have a few issues with it that have arisen recently. Firstly, the shower head no longer flows like a shower, but a single stream on the left hand side, which i am not quite sure how to resolve. Secondly, a relative bought me a shallow stainless steel drip tray from Gaggia.uk, which is good, but the overflow pipe is far too short to reach the tray now. I was wondering if anyone else had had this same issue with shallo
  9. Too far for me https://www.gumtree.com/p/coffee-machines/gaggia-classic-coffee-machine-spare/1271591286
  10. 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]
  11. Hello chaps, Following the great advice on this forum I secured a Classic, made in 2002. I tried it a few times but found the pressure wasn't quite right, so took a look at the guides here and saw that the group gasket needed changing. It clearly hasn't had much servicing attention in those years, save for descaling The shower screen came off without problem but revealed a pretty nasty looking screen. The big problem came in trying to get the hex bolts off as they were horribly rounded. I tried screw remover drill bits but all they succeeded in doing was drilling out most of the cent
  12. Morning! I recently purchased a Gaggia Classic from 1998 and i've been given some really useful advice from here. One of which was to upgrade the steam wand to the Silvia V2. I can't unscrew the nut that's holding the steam wand! I wondered if anyone had some tips? It's quite fiddly to get a grip on and quit a shallow nut. I've tried a bit of WD40 but wondered if anyone had any other tips? Thanks!
  13. https://www.gumtree.com/p/coffee-machines/gaggia-classic-coffee-machine/1263911511
  14. https://www.gumtree.com/p/coffee-machines/gaggia-classic-coffee-machine/1263692424
  15. https://www.gumtree.com/p/coffee-machines/gaggia-classic-with-coffee-pod-adapter/1263898311
  16. Hi, I'm new here. I've just started using a Gaggia Classic I've had in a box for years but only recently thought to use. For a week, everything went well. Today however, it is spitting coffee at me whenever I try to use it. As far as I can see, the coffee comes out of the split pourers below the brew head. I couldn't look too closely or I'd risk getting boiling coffee in the eye: It chucks the coffee more than two feet from the machine, upwards and outwards before it falls to the floor or counter. It's quite spluttery, as if particularly hot. The only thing I can think of is
  17. Hi all, been an occasional lurker over recent months as I pondered the acquisition of a new pump. I had a gaggia baby class for a few years up until about 4 years ago, whereupon after a house move it sadly died and I wasn't able to organise or afford the repair so off it went into the great cafe in the sky. In the interim I turned to the dark side using a Krups / nescafe pod machine, which was OK, certainly better than instant coffee. Anyway, the natural balance us restored as I've just bought a barely used gaggia classic of a 2006 vintage, and have already ordered the rancilio wand and a pump
  18. I've read many threads form this site over recent years, and thought it's time to join and benefit from the combined wisdom as I'm about to take the scientific art of making good coffee more seriously. I have owned previously a Baby Class, which sadly expired a couple around 4 years ago, and couldn't find anyone to repair it local enough to justify the ££ so it went to the great cafe in the sky sadly. I kept my Iberital Marfil grinder, which has lived stored in my garage for the intervening years. Fast forward to this morning, and I bought a hardly used 2006 Classic, with a Made In Italy vinta
  19. I'm quite new to posting to this forum but i have read quite a bit. My (very average) Delonghi Icona packed up so i looked into getting a Gaggia Classic as a step up but read a lot about how the older Italian models were better quality machines. I ended up getting a 1998 model off someone on eBay for £60 which she said had been stored away in a box for a long time but is in good condition and when tested worked fine. Does anyone have any advice on what I will need to look out for do? Is there a steam wand upgrade I should be getting? Or am I just a total idiot for buying a ne
  20. The rubber bung thing that is around the pipe between the pump and opv. What is it?
  21. Hi All, New to the forum so apologies if all this has been asked before. Picked myself up a second hand Gaggia Classic around 6/7 weeks ago and have been running it with a Krups GVX231 Grinder. Gave the machine a full strip down and clean, back flush using cafiza and replaced the main seal. With this setup & using fresh local roasted beans I managed to get an ok espresso most of the time with some a lot better than others but could never get consistency even using the same settings. With the standard steam wand I found I could never get the milk to texturise proper
  22. Dialling in a new bag of beans this morning and first shot (18 in 35 out) took 1 min 17. I was about to abort after about 20 seconds but the little beads started appearing so I just let it run... The machine (Classic) sounded like it was labouring a little, nothing too drastic but definitely sounded like it had gone up a gear! Is this choking? If it is, is it a massive deal (the shot was delicious!)? Cheers guys
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
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