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Great thread this, when I bought mine last June from Gaggia Direct the 2015 model, in my excitement I just assumed it was the same old Classic and because I’d just returned from living in Brazil for 10 years I saw the price and quickly bought it thinking it was a steal at £195. I only discovered later that it’s a cheaper machine in Classic clothing, but I don’t think that it makes for a bad machine, it’s serving my aficionado habits just fine but I can’t help wanting the new model now as that’s the Classic that I really wanted, a lot closer to my old Baby Millennium of old. £399 is steep though for probably no noticeable improvement.

Maybe I’m just being obsessive and the 2015 isn’t that bad after all.

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Thanks for the detailed guide :)

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After the upgrade to rancilio Silvia steam wand, what is the second upgrade that I should do? 

IMS shower? Gasket? 

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After the upgrade to rancilio Silvia steam wand, what is the second upgrade that I should do? 
IMS shower? Gasket? 
A PID would make the biggest improvement.
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Laissez les bons temps rouler

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PID would be good. I never had one fitted on mine, but the temp swing is big. Cracking little machine though.


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Hello! Sorry if this has come up before, but I've just got my hands on a gaggia classic and have seen some talk about adjusting the pressure for better results- does it make a big difference, do I need anything more than a pressure gauge to do it, and can I wing it without one and see some improvement from doing so?  

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It does not make a sudden drastic improvement. It is one of the 'tweaks' that combined with others improves your coffee making.

You will need a pressure gauge a spanner (17 mm I think) and an allen key.  There is no point in ' winging it', either do it correctly / accurately OR don't bother

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It does not make a sudden drastic improvement. It is one of the 'tweaks' that combined with others improves your coffee making.
You will need a pressure gauge a spanner (17 mm I think) and an allen key.  There is no point in ' winging it', either do it correctly / accurately OR don't bother
A deep 17mm socket like this one would be better than a spanner.
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Very informative set of links in the initial post. Still need to read through, but thanks for putting all the info together in one place !

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On 15/06/2011 at 17:03, MikeHag said:

Note 2015 New Gaggia Classic models have no solenoid and as of yet , a method for OPV has not been found

 

Congratulations!! Think of the soundtrack to ‘Titanic’, because you’re currently standing on the bow of a small boat, arms outstretched, bound for the new and exciting world of Coffee!

 

In case you haven’t already realised, www.coffeeforums.co.uk is fantastic. The people on here are sooo helpful and friendly, and in no time at all you’ll be making great espresso. You’ll also probably soon want to get into brewed coffee, but let’s leave that to one side for now and focus on helping you get started with the Classic.

I hope you’ll spend the time reading through old posts on here – many questions have already been asked at some point, and answers have already been given. But I thought I’d just offer up some words, and links to threads, websites, youtube videos etc. These are the ones I still have bookmarked on my browser from when I got my Classic and started the never-ending quest for the perfect espresso (the “God Shot” as one forum member recently called it :) )

 

1. http://www.coffeecrew.com/learning/255-gaggia-classic-step-by-step

It’s a fantastic primer in using and maintaining the Classic, and starting to adopt a good espresso-making process.

 

2. http://coffeegeek.com/proreviews/firstlook/gaggiaclassic/details

Another good post to help you learn about your machine. You need to understand it before you can use it properly.

 

3. http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?2995-Gaggia-Classic-newbie-starting

Some typical things you need to do right away. Contrary to what you might expect, the Classic isn’t shipped with everything you need.

 

4. http://www.gaggia.com/dam/bo/allegati/files/23_classic.pdf

The Gaggia Classic manual that comes with the machine. Following the instructions in the manual will not automatically get you making great espresso, but they are a good start.

 

5. http://www.bluebox.com.au/jcrayon/gaggia/

How to change the Group Gasket on a Gaggia Classic Espresso machine. If your machine is second hand, there’s a good chance you need to do this. Don’t worry... it’s easy, and it’s also a great way to get used to the idea that if you want good espresso then you need to learn a few things about the workings of the machine. Like I say, don’t worry! You’re probably going to like it, and will soon even be keen to make a few modifications to your machine.

 

6. http://www.happydonkey.co.uk/gaggiaspareparts.html

Happy Donkey stocks some of the main parts and accessories you will need. This page lists some of them.

http://www.espressoservices.co.uk/gaggia_accessories.html

This Glasgow-based company are also great. David works full time on repairing and maintaining lots of different domestic espresso machines, and they have good access to parts.

 

7. http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?p=11548518#post11548518

Very soon you’re going to realise that the original steam wand on the Classic isn’t great for making those lattes and cappuccinos. Thankfully you can buy a longer, better wand to replace it (but take care – this will invalidate your warranty if it’s a new machine). Here are some more links on the subject.

http://thehippy.net/nucleus/index.php?itemid=1311

http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1126833848

http://www.toomuchcoffee.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=4851

To fit this to a new 2015 model classic pleas go here for instructions

http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?21693-Putting-a-Silvia-Wand-Onto-New-2015-Gaggia-Classics&p=257916#post257916

 

8. https://www.happydonkey.co.uk/espressomachinebackflush.html

To keep your machine clean, some people recommend backflushing. This is a quick and easy process that you don’t need to do that often.

 

9. http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?2390-Adjusting-OPV-on-a-Classic

After a while you might start thinking of doing the OPV mod. This basically just involved turning an allen key, but you need to understand what is going on, and decide whether you want to do it or not. Some people say it’s not necessary... other people swear by it. Sorry, there’s no definitive right answer – like many things in coffee.

Here's another link. http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=53799445

 

10.

This is quite a cool little tutorial in pulling an espresso shot with the Classic. In time you’ll develop your own version of this, working in slight tweaks and improvements, but it’s good to see someone else’s process.

 

 

 

Have fun!

Cannot thank you enough. An invaluable post to put me on the right path with my Gaggia. Excellent 👍🏻

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