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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. Our Phillips Azur GC4860 packed it in a few weeks ago and I thought I'd have a go at fixing it over the weekend. It wasn't making any steam and having studied the rather simple diagrams from the service manual I had a few ideas as to why it's misbehaving, so I took it all apart only to find out that some of the seals inside have crumbled to bits and I might as well throw the whole thing in the bin. First thought in my head was "never buy a Phillips again", but after realising we've had it for over 5 years and paid £60 for it, it comes out to around £12 a year for an iron which done it's
  4. Hi all, I am looking into buying my first low-range espresso machine, but a big factor for me is the steam wand as I love a good milky coffee. Any recommendations?
  5. Does anyone find the 'no burn' taste more watery? I have a new QM Verona/Vetrano2B and while the latte-art-capable microfoam is there, I can't seem to get super creamy tasting milk. It just seems a 'tiny' bit watery even with whole milk.
  6. I have a Gaggia classic, but I guess this question is valid for all single-boiler machines. This is my typical workflow: Turn on machine, wait until warm Pull shots (1 or 2) Switch to steam mode, wait until ready Steam milk and prepare drinks Turn the machine off What I'm wondering about is this. Steaming does not replenish the water in the boiler, thus after steaming the boiler is not full. I guess this doesn't matter if I turn the machine off directly afterwards. But when I turn on the machine the next day, the machine is essentially heating up a half boiler of water
  7. Miss Silvia has stopped producing steam! When I turn her on, the Big Orange Light (BOL) comes on, and the boiler heats up. When up to temp, the boiler goes through it's cycle as you'd expect. Hot water is produced at the group head, as normal. When the steam switch is turned on, the switch light comes on, but the BOL does not - and no steam is produced. My understanding, from reading on here and other forums, is that if the BOL stays off then that usually points to the steam thermostat being bad. So I replaced the steam thermostat. The next most likely problem, again - base
  8. Hi All I want to be able to steam my milk quicker for latte's. Plan is to swap the two hole tip that comes with the machine for a 4 or even 5 hole tip. They only cost about £8 from BB but just wanted to see if anyone on the forum had a spare one they would be prepared to sell for a reasonable price? Regards
  9. I have a Sage Barista Express, (Iv'e had multiple,) and after approx 6 months the Brew/Steam/Water selector stops working / jams , and Steam / water will exit the brewed regardless of position. Iv'e had multiple Sage Engineers (Coffee classic ) out, and luckilly lakeland have also been good in exchanging the faulty machines. I clean the machine weekly with cleaning tablets / descaler. Is this an issue that anyone else has experienced ? is it a problem with the design of the valve / switch. ? This is the 5th time now, and I've confidence in the machine. I'm guessing the Du
  10. Hi All I need a bit of advice from members who have a similar E61 based HX boiler machine. My PID Vivi is nearly five years old, I descale every 4 months and only use filtered water. However the last few months it is down on steam power. It now takes 1min and 30 seconds to steam enough milk for a large cappuccino. I unscrewed the wand from the machine a week ago and it and the nozzle holes are clear. So, do I finally need to unscrew the lid and clean something inside the machine or just descale again? Appreciate any tips S
  11. I have recently bought a Bezzera BZ02 with a four-hole steam wand. After quite a bit of practice I can now make a reasonable job of steaming the milk with this but can't get the really fine microfoam I'm after. Is it worth persevering with this steam wand or should I change it to another? If I need to change it could I convert this one to a two-hole wand? I've heard that some people push cocktail sticks into two of the holes - not a great solution but is there a better, more hygienic way to do this?
  12. Hi, I have a Gaggiia Baby Twin which is now three months old. For the last few weeks I have been unable to generate enough steam to make a cappucino. My supplier thinks it is an air lock, he has given me some instruction on how to remedy. So far no improvement. Can anyone advise. I would wellcome any input Many Thanks James C
  13. I did a post this morning on my coffee blog ( http://baristabanterblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/got-milk.html ) about steaming milk. Straus Family Creamery has carries organic barista milk, which is only lightly homogenized for better steaming. However, Straus only deals in real dairy, so I set out to find steamable dairy alternatives, because in my own barista experience soy milk caused me the most problems. It always clumps, or burns, or bubbles too much. Anyway, I found a barista-series soy milk by Esselon coffee, however I no longer have access to an espresso machine to test the stuff. I was w
  14. I have recently Purchaced this machine and have had no problems. Made a few latte's when I got it, but today I go to it, brew button and ports filter working fine, pouring some nice coffe, but the steamer is not the same. It only pours water through for a few second and then stops completely. It does not build up enough pressure to create steam like it did before... I have tried every combination of buttons, did the water cyle thing, emptied thr machine of water, started fresh a few times but no luck.. If anyone else has experienced problems like this and has found a solution, I would be
  15. Hi everyone, I've had my Gaggia Classic for a while, and we live in a very hard water area so have done my best to remember to descale the machine regularly. Unfortunately I've let it slip a bit too long this time, and my steam wand appears to be blocked somewhere along the line. A full descale yesterday hasn't sorted it out - is there a way I can remove / inspect the wand for blockages before I call an engineer? Could it be related to some other problem instead? I'm getting water through the group, but nothing from the wand itself (just a small dribble from the point where the wand leave
  16. Hi all. Just wondering if anyone can help with this pod machine. ( I know - dirty word ) Okay, the machine powers up, adjusts to temperature and seems as though all is okay. Then when you close the pod door and press the 'dispense' button - nothing. The machine makes a noise but there is no water delivery through the dispenser nozzle. Water does however leak out of what I think to be an overflow nozzle just above the drip tray. Also I assume that the pouring unit is supposed to close together over the pod when in operation. That doesn't happen either. When pressing the steam button I ge
  17. Hi Guys & Gals, Can anyone offer me any advice, I recently purchased the Sage Barista Express and I am able to make very good espresso with it at the right pressure and grind etc however, the steam wand seems to have no pressure. I have read through the entire manual and watched a bunch of videos and cant find many people having this issue. It is not even getting enough pressure to even move the milk let alone spin it. even using it for 3 mins or so the milk comes out barely frothy of the top and only lukewarm. If anyone has had this problem / knows how I can resolve it I would really
  18. Good evening all, I have a 1995 Gaggia TE which I recently cleaned up and put into use after it was dormant for about 2 years with it's previous owner. In the past 2 weeks it has developed a bit of a fault. Basically, the P-Stat is releasing once the pressure inside the boiler reaches 1.1 to 1.2 bar, which is what is expected. However, the water in the boiler is not up to temperature, or at least it doesn't seem to be as no steam is produced at first. I have to force the P-Stat to re-engage the heating element several times (by opening the steam valve) before it starts producing any
  19. I want to do the mod on my Gaggia Classic and just wondered if anyone had a spare they wanted to move on. They don't cost much on eBay so i'll get one there tomorrow if no one has one....
  20. I have fitted a PID and have a K type thermouple which is held to the boiler in the shell of the coffee thermostat housing using JB Weld. What I am noticing is that the solonid dumps water back into the tank at about 125 degrees C when heating for steam. Not sure if the pressure is set to low - it was adjusted to 9 bar some time ago but I no longer have a gauge, or if this is normal or finally if my temporary reading is too far off and it's a lot hotter ( although unlikely, it's water being dumped not steam) - I also have a leaky steam valve and no steam escapes till the PID reads almost 100
  21. Hello all! I've been using my Gaggia Classic for about a month now, and I'm having issues getting true steam to come out of the pannarello wand. Specifically, I get steam, but I also get a decent amount of water coming into my milk, which thins the milk. As I steam the milk, I watch as the milk's level in the pitcher rises until it starts overflowing out of the pitcher because of the amount of water coming out of the wand. This happens quite rapidly. What should I do? Thank you so much!
  22. Hello, Iam new to this witch espresso machines. I got my hands on a old La cimbali m31 bistro. When I got it didn't work at all. But I took it apart and cleaned everything out, fixed the pump cleaned the boiler and more. Now I got it to work, but still some problems. 1. In the video you can see the water coming out from the head. I think it has a strange pressure and not enough with water to make a espresso or two if I choose that button. 2. When I use the steam wand it produce steam but it also coming out to much water from it. Sometimes more water sometime
  23. Hey does anyone know if the wand on the DB can be replaced with a longer one ?
  24. Hello I have a Gaggia symptom I'd like advice on please. I don't do milk that often, so hadn't really noticed this, but the last few times I have steamed milk, there has been a fair bit of steam from the grouphead, culminating in a "pop" and the group seal being dislodged by a few mm, enough to not allow the portafilter to be attached without re-seating the seal. Since I mostly make espresso, this doesn't crop up that often. Any ideas why, and whether I should be concerned? Thanks
  25. Notices the steam on my gaggia classic drop very significantly after steaming two small jugs of milk. I’d say I’m making three cups during the third one there is practically nothing coming out, if I knock the machine gently it starts up again then stops. Used to be able to make 4/5 cups of coffee at a time but can’t now. Any ideas what’s up?
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