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  1. I have a Mazzer Mini, and I'm OK with the doser for convenience but there is retention to think of (the clean sweep mod is on the back burner). So in idle moments I research all the Mazzer mods to go doserless. I've looked at the octopus funnel but that needs work on cutting stainless steel, do-able but a pain even though stainless is potentially a slinky surface. https://www.tmart.com/Stainless-Steel-Funnel-Octopus-Balls-Tool-with-Rack-Silver_p369897.html So I've been looking at other funnels. Here's a couple of leads: Harmon Mute for trumpet, I presume aluminium: http://www.m
  2. Going out on a limb here, guys. Do FrankenBabies exist...? The good points about a Baby are removable case for easy access to internals and easily accessible water tank. The bad things are switches and PCBs that just stop working due to moisture etc. The Classic is simpler and much more reliable, but you have to delve into the innards to service it, take off boiler to access OPV and solenoid etc. So is it possible to just fit all the Classic internals into the Baby and mount the three way switch assembly on the front - probably fits the Baby Class with a plate to hold it? Most of t
  3. Hi there, just for the fun of it - here‘s my office unit. Lately did a little service, it‘s such a neat and fun piece to work on. Very accessible despite its compact footprint. If anyone has questions about the 0835 (or other Quickmill-specific groups) just let me know...!
  4. I know it's been posted about lots before, but what's currently considered the best version of the SJ sweeper mod? I recently got my hands on a secondhand SJ for a good price. It's a big step-up from my Iberital MC2 - but straightaway I noticed the grinds retention. I've never tried modding a grinder before, but I thought this was worth giving a go. I don't want to attempt anything too difficult... preferably, I'd be leaving the bottom vanes intact as they look a pain to remove. This post looks like a simple method, but the images are no longer available so I can't quite figure it ou
  5. 3D printed funnel to fit inside existing hopper out of view. Coffee grounds stick a bit, maybe due to static on plastic or surface finish so may add thin metal skin to help. Also made a a funnel to help coffee from spilling everywhere.
  6. 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, whi
  7. Hello folks, for today I upgraded the ugly sticking out stock shower bolt and screen for RS. I think it is worthwhile. Cheers
  8. Hi people, I own an old 9x Gaggia classic which has some spots of surface rust on usual places. What should I do in order to renovate it. Option 1 Powder paint coating Option 2 Finding a new ss body Option 3 I don't have such The tricky part is that it is gold coated so I don't know how situation is about painting. Thanks for your opinions.
  9. Hello folks, this seems to be my first mod since I have entered this realm. I bought my Gaggia classic with missing pipe for excessive water after 3way-valve as a result I had lots of water around after shots. My Gaggia is gold plated and even I order a ss one, I will end up with an ugly working configuration. Today I had some time to improvise and found out that a hard pipe from old manometer for measuring air pressure of car tires fits perfectly into the place. I gave it a chance and cut it down to the size. As a result a have flexible pipe that goes deep into the waste water pan. Pulled som
  10. Hi, Appologies if this has been covered, I tried having a look and the majority came up with info for Mazzers grinders etc. I have a Eureka MDMCA 65mm burr grinder which I believe is the same as a Simonelli MDX. The opening that the existing hopper fits into is 52.5mm, which size lens hood would be best, I think my options are either 49mm or 52mm. To my mind 52mm seems closest, but having never seen a lens hood in the flesh, I'm assuming the size corresponds to the plastic threads and the rubber looks as if it might be a little wider? As the hood will need to fit within the existing
  11. I've been watching eBay for a suitable Baby as a project, and the model I wanted was the one with 4 square buttons across the front, which should date from around 2004. So bought one and waiting for it to arrive. I wanted a Baby since the top comes right off and it's easier to work on than a Classic, and this model should also have the larger solenoid. I'm planning to swap in a Classic type OPV to get the pressure to 10 bar, though when it comes I'll put my pressure gauge on it and see what it has at present. Any other ideas for what to upgrade on this model Baby? Hopefully it all works
  12. Today I had a real fun with this mod. It took me about 3 hours to prepare the funnel, which is really nice Chinese stuff actually, no worse than original one. I don't have a plate for the motor so I put a piece of self adhesive paper to cover it temporary. Here I am attaching some pictures with wiring from SJ Auto to manual and funnel mod preparation. Retention is in the region of 0.1-0.2 gram if you clean the chute, pretty good. I highly recommend this relatively easy modification. Will think for the motor cover now.
  13. Hi guys, I'm a complete newb and am working with a 1425w Italian Gaggia Classic and a Krups GVX2 burr grinder. I currently have no budget left but want to get my sights set early on my grinder upgrade. I have a Nemox Lux in my sights and intend to carry out the steppless mod once I've got my hands on a decent used machine. I'm hoping to get it over the doorstep at around £120-£150 including the mod. My questions are: 1. Is this a reasonable first choice or are there better options at this price range? 2. Are the burrs easily available as a replacement part if needed? I've had
  14. I got my hands on a Guatemala and got a bit carried away modifying it. So far I have -cut the body down in size (sits around 10cm shorter now) -stripped down and polished the clear acrylic top section of the body -painted it matt black (of course!) -replaced the burrs with SSP Red Speed coated -added speed control with a VFD To finish it off I plan to add a more detailed dial face and make a hopper with integrated puffer (to clear beans from below auger) and lens hood style bopper. I do not recommend reverting painted clear acrylic to clear acrylic. What a ball ache! It sta
  15. I've finally completed the install of the REX C-100 PID on my Gaggia Classic 2019. The OPV mod made my shots drinkable, this PID mod made my shots enjoyable. I must say I've noticed huge improvement in the cup. Coffee taste is much more balanced and I have more control over it. I was not able to find proper PID settings online. I've done some experimentation and found settings that would allow for aggressive overshoot upon temperature drop, so the boiler would act a bit like a heat exchanger during brewing. More pictures and PID settings: https://yirga.pl/gaggia-classic-2019-pid-
  16. Hi, I posted this in the best german coffee forum already, so this is something like a english version of it to this nice forum. I would like to introduce my Gaggia Classic Mods to you today (a bit detailed, sorry): My goal was maximum comfort in the smallest possible space. In the standard "open" tank I occasionally found a mosquito or dust, which I found really unpleasant. To change the water and especially to clean the tank after every break of a few hours or days is just too much effort. Standard fixed water machines are either big or expensive or both. Something li
  17. Hi all Thank you for welcoming me into the forum. My coffee background is probably going to be frowned upon, but here goes anyway: About 12 years ago I replaced instant coffee with french press. I then got into using stove top coffee makers, thinking that I was drinking espressos. I then dabbled with the idea of getting an espresso machine but decided the whole process looked too messy and settled for one of George Clooney's Nespresso Machines, which I have now been using for 10 years and still like. So a few months ago I started drinking more french press coffee again, just for a ch
  18. Spent a happy hour or two, (or was it three or four?) yesterday putting just over 1kg of stales through my new Pharos hand grinder in order to season the burrs a little. I've just worked out that with an average dose of 18-20g per grind, I must have done about 60+ reps. That's actually a tad disappointing because towards the end of the session my mind was deliriously rehearsing how I would tell my grandchildren tales of how grandad singlehandedly tamed a wild Pharos by manning up to more than 600 consecutive grinds. Anyhow. Initially I was a little surprised as to just how much effor
  19. Iv'e been a bit slow actually reviewing this grinder as its the reason I have it, but I have certainly been enjoying using it in the time I have had it. Here is a mod I have done today which transforms its use for lighter roasts. Backstory is that even with the right surface the suckers on the bottom of the grinder only help out a bit, with a medium to dark roast this is all you need, but chuck in a light roast and you will really struggle. It would be difficult to justify buying such a premium grinder if it counted you out of the lighter side of life. I have been convinced the
  20. Not sure if anybody here agrees but I reckon quite a bit of effort is required to keep a Pharos steady whilst grinding on the counter top. Given that I have an old shoulder injury that still plays me up, I've knocked up a couple of prototypes with a view to trying to minimise that effort. OE do supply milled aluminium 'Bench Dogs' (£16 each @ CoffeeHit) for this purpose but their use pretty much require that you screw them down to the worktop. Not everybody is going to be happy to drill the worktop especially if like me you have granite work surfaces. I believe OE have suggest
  21. Hi all, Don't ask how but I have managed to break one of the boiler contacts, pic below. There is a stub left still - do you guys think I could solder the relevant wire back onto this.....or is it bin time? Cheers, Matt.
  22. Thoughts please on my two potential “designs” for the acrylic tube hopper mod. I have decided on one of two routes, either: Option 1: Single 60mm external diameter acrylic tube, 5mm wall-thickness, 50mm internal diameter. Cut to 10cm length. Cost: £9.48 http://clearplastictube.co.uk/Clear-Acrylic-Tube/Clear-Acrylic-Tube-500mm-Length?product_id=298 Option 2: 60mm ED tube, 2mm wall-thickness, 56mm ID cut to 10cm, then smaller acrylic tube inside with 56mm ED, 3mm walls, 50mm ID cut to 12cm. Cost: £10.91. The two tubes will be sat inside each other, sort of like this:
  23. New week I shall hopefully order a Gene roaster and the general consensus is to mod it, that's not an issue as I'm a automation/control engineer by trade. But looking at the power monitor it seems that no-one sells them any more.....any alternatives? Also I read that the temperature isn't really too important, I guess why that's why you roast by power as it's the amount of heat being put into the system. So the second question is if it's worth controlling the temperature accurately by using an SSR and a PID controller rather than the mod?
  24. whic rancilio wand is best for gaggia classic there seems to be a few versions on eBay. My classic is I think a 2001. Thanks
  25. Having just picked up an EC221.b (pretty much the same build as the 155 and 146), I've modded the portafilter, baskets and steam wand, all is going great, nice looking extractions etc. Just wondering if anyone has any experience at all with adjusting the thermostats on the boilers for these machines though, as I'm pretty sure my brew temp is too high and my espresso is getting a little bit burnt as a result. Cheers in advance, Toby
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