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RocknPop
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Posted Thu May 9, 2013, 8:20am
Subject: Gaggia 8002 MDF  with Saeco Barista
 

Hi guys,

I just bought a Gaggia 8002 MDF Burr Grinder and I wanted to get your input as to what the best settings and procedures are.

I bough the grinder solely to grind the beans in the morning before I pull shots for my cortados and iced lattes before work.

A few questions I have off the top of my head:
- how fine is too fine (can I damage the machine? - the logic here is that the pump would be overworked if water can't get through
- The Saeco Barista has a pressurized portafilter and it's a single boiler machine - does this make a difference?
- What are some tricks or tips with this machine?
- I know I should clean the machine often, other tips on maintenance?
- Any other comments would be greatly appreciated
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Posted Thu May 9, 2013, 3:27pm
Subject: Re: Gaggia 8002 MDF  with Saeco Barista
 

It's not a good thing to continually choke your machine but after you do it once and back off you should be fine.

yes. everyone here will probably recommend ditching the pressurized portafilter and doing non pressurized.

I have never used the machine but i've had that grinder. 1. make it stepless 2. remove the finger guard because it has massive grind retention and youll have to use a brush in the chute

that's mostly all I have at the moment.
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 5:25am
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brianl Said:

It's not a good thing to continually choke your machine but after you do it once and back off you should be fine.

yes. everyone here will probably recommend ditching the pressurized portafilter and doing non pressurized.

I have never used the machine but i've had that grinder. 1. make it stepless 2. remove the finger guard because it has massive grind retention and youll have to use a brush in the chute

that's mostly all I have at the moment.

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So I converted the portafilter to non-pressurized but I'm having trouble brewing. It seems as the grain is too thin and preventing the water to come down. I'm grinding on a 4 setting. Is this normal? Should I be using a heavier setting?
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 4:26pm
Subject: Re: Gaggia 8002 MDF  with Saeco Barista
 

If the machine is choking on a 4, you should move it to a 5 and try again. You should be using about 14-18 grams of coffee for a double and it should take 25 seconds to get 2 oz about.
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 7:56pm
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brianl Said:

If the machine is choking on a 4, you should move it to a 5 and try again. You should be using about 14-18 grams of coffee for a double and it should take 25 seconds to get 2 oz about.

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Thanks for the numbers, I have a basket for a double shot. I don't have a scale. Is it OK to assume that 14-18 grams fit in the basket flush?

Also, at a setting of 6 I get more than 2oz after 25 seconds. Is this rule pretty firm or does it vary?
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 5:06pm
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It's not OK to assume that. If you dropped multiple hundreds on a setup, I would recommend an 8 dollar .001 scale.

those are only guidelines. the only thing that matters is getting something that tastes good, no matter how you do it.
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 6:01pm
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brianl Said:

It's not OK to assume that. If you dropped multiple hundreds on a setup, I would recommend an 8 dollar .001 scale.

those are only guidelines. the only thing that matters is getting something that tastes good, no matter how you do it.

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Good point. Would you please link me to the scale you mention?
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 6:03pm
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brianl Said:

It's not OK to assume that. If you dropped multiple hundreds on a setup, I would recommend an 8 dollar .001 scale.

those are only guidelines. the only thing that matters is getting something that tastes good, no matter how you do it.

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Actually, is this one appropriate? Click Here (www.amazon.com)
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 6:10am
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this one is my favorite but yours would be fine. I want accuracy to the nearest .1, therefore, I use a .01 scale. However, it might be overkill. choice is yours.

Click Here (www.amazon.com)
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