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Two new coffee machines in one day

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My old faithful Gaggia Classic had got far too scaled up.  A lesson learned, use bottled water.

It was time for a new coffee machine, but what to get.   After much dilemma about whether a lever machine would be suitable or not, especially when I had guests, I decided against it.

My wife decided for me that getting a new Gaggia would be a good idea as I had always been happy with my old one, until it died after lots of use.  It seemed a good plan a slightly better machine was going to be lots more money, and lots bigger.

The lever urge remained and a quick glance on ebay identified a pre millenium La Pav europiccola in my budget that would satisfy my needs.  

They both arrived today :)

I have a few things to get, a 49mm tamper, some bottled water, a decent set of scales.    I also think I will need to get myself a new grinder as I think the La Pav is going to show the weaknesses of my Iberital MC2.      I may possibly get a decent hand grinder for the Pav if such a thing exists,  reserach to be done.

Anyway, here they are for now.

 

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Gear:   Gaggia Classic, La Pavoni Euopiccola, Niche zero grinder.

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Nice set up. The La Pavoni looks in great condition. Have you managed to pull any shots with it yet? I'm intrigued to know how a lever machine compares.  


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I have pulled one shot so far.   It was at least coffee, even if only a small amount.

Areas for improvement.
   
I don't have a tamper that fits, so had to use the back of a spoon, which was wholly unsuccesful. New tamper ordered
The basket is a single dose, which only took 8g of coffee, clearly not enough for me.  New basket ordered
I have also ordered a naked portafilter as this will help me see exactly what is going on.
It could do with a really good strip down and clean.   It's not bad, but I don't think it has really been used or maintained it's whole life.

It will take me a while to learn how to use it, but I'm looking forward to lots of experimenting.


Gear:   Gaggia Classic, La Pavoni Euopiccola, Niche zero grinder.

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I don’t seem to be able to walk past La Pav without giving it a little polish with a soft cloth.    I’ve become obsessed with Shinyness.

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Gear:   Gaggia Classic, La Pavoni Euopiccola, Niche zero grinder.

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Make sure you use microfibre ones!


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Yes, thanks.  I hadn’t given that a thought.   I was just using a Tea Towel.      Microfibre cloths ordered.

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Gear:   Gaggia Classic, La Pavoni Euopiccola, Niche zero grinder.

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1 hour ago, GrowlingDog said:

Yes, thanks.  I hadn’t given that a thought.   I was just using a Tea Towel.      Microfibre cloths ordered.

Be careful not to use anything abrasive, kept clean and serviced it will outlast you

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AKA Toffee chips

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It’s all taking shape.   The Niche should be here in a day or two, then I think I’m done for a while.

 

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Gear:   Gaggia Classic, La Pavoni Euopiccola, Niche zero grinder.

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I think I'm done for now. No more coffee shopping for a while.
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Gear:   Gaggia Classic, La Pavoni Euopiccola, Niche zero grinder.

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I think I've finally got using La Pav mastered.

16g Rave Chatswood Blend, ground at No.18 in Niche.

20 second pull.

36g espresso produced.

Perfect..

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Gear:   Gaggia Classic, La Pavoni Euopiccola, Niche zero grinder.

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A productive day has been had.

My old Gaggia has been completely stripped down, descaled, rebuilt, heated up to dry out the boiler so I could reconnect the earth, fully cleaned and it's back.

Nice to have it back in the kitchen.054d8b38f30e4fc588affa64264eb96b.jpg

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Gear:   Gaggia Classic, La Pavoni Euopiccola, Niche zero grinder.

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Great little setup you have there 😎

Envy your kitchen top real estate, I’m relegated to the utility with the washing machine  😫

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Can I buy your old Classic please!


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Can I buy your old Classic please!


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Unfortunately not.

My new Gaggia got returned as it had a couple of design changes I couldn't live with. My old Gaggia is now refurbished and back in regular use.
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Gear:   Gaggia Classic, La Pavoni Euopiccola, Niche zero grinder.

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