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qazwart
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Posted Fri Mar 29, 2013, 7:47am
Subject: Repairing Gaggia MDF Doser Grinder
 

I have a Gaggia MDF grinder, and the spring on the doser seems to have broken. The doser lever no longer returns to the back. I can still use it, but I'd like to fix it, and do the job myself.

Has anyone repaired one of these before? Are there directions of parts catalogs on the Internet somewhere?
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Posted Fri Mar 29, 2013, 7:10pm
Subject: Re: Repairing Gaggia MDF Doser Grinder
 

Try www.cafeparts.com  I'd open the doser from the bottom and ID what part is broken.  Then log onto this site and look for a diagram.

Replacing a spring is usually a very simple process, maybe need a screwdriver  and/or a small wrench..
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 7:19pm
Subject: Re: Repairing Gaggia MDF Doser Grinder
 

Thanks. Unfortunately, that site didn't have MDF grinder parts. However, they do show various doser springs, and one may work -- if I can open the grinder to get to the spring. Looking at my grinder, there is a couple of screws on the bottom of the doser, but they're blocked by the portafilter holder. The holder is about an inch below the screws. To get rid of the portafilter holder, I'd have to open the machine from the bottom, and that requires torx screws of a size I don't have.

I also found a Dispensing Lever Kit on  Parts Guru. It's $35, but all I really need is that $2.00 spring. Maybe once I see the actual spring, I can figure out exactly what I need and get it from Cafeparts.

I originally had a Saeco fully automated machine (beans go in one end, espresso comes out the other). The espresso was okay, but the big problem is that it broke down at least once per year and needed some $200 repair. My wife use to joke that I didn't own the Saeco, but rented it.

When I finally got sick of repairing the Saeco, I decided I wanted a less automated system. I figure it would make better espresso, and it would be less prone to breaking down and needing repair. I decided on the Gaggia Classic because it was touted not only capable making a great shot, but also easy to repair yourself.

Ironically, the Gaggia classic is usually paired with the Gaggia MDF grinder. The grinder is great, but the doser is just plain silly. I don't run a coffee shop, so why do I need to grind a dozen cups worth of beans to sit in the grinder's doser? When I grind the beans, I have to continuously hit the doser lever to fill the portafilter and it's another part to break. I get the simplest espresso machine to make repairs easy, and I get a grinder with a Rube Goldberg doser on it.
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 7:30pm
Subject: Re: Repairing Gaggia MDF Doser Grinder
 

I repaired this once a few years ago. I'm not sure it was worth the effort.  But, have you checked with Whole Latte Love?  That's where I bought mine and I'm pretty sure that's where I bought the spring and learned how to replace it.
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 7:36pm
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I didn't think of calling Whole Latte Love. I've always got good service from them. I didn't think of calling them about the parts.
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