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M_R
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Lelit PL043MM
Posted Thu Nov 21, 2013, 9:44pm
Subject: The Gaggia Classic halfwit on her new Lelit PL043MM
 

I'd gone into the business of which grinder to purchase after great kindness shown to me in the Espresso forum by ... can't remember off-hand without going there, but I think it was Cal ... anyway, this person pointed out that the Sunbeam EM0450 will never grind fine enough, and he is now proven entirely correct. He's my hero.   :-)
I worked out that the best I could POSSIBLY afford is the Lelit. Oh, I should say: the best I could possibly afford that's available here in Sydney - sorry.
So yesterday I rushed off to a supplier - extremely nice and helpful, the young lady looking after the shop was, and I commend her absolutely. Bought it and brought it home.
Discovered only then that the little black plastic thinggy that you push the portafilter into is the wrong size. (I was reminded that when I bought the Sunbeam I was supplied with two: one this size, called 'domestic', and one that fits the Gaggia portafilter, called 'commercial'!)
So. My question is: can anyone tell me if I can buy a replacement black plastic strip to affix on the front of the Lelit that will accommodate a 58mm portafiler, please?
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Posted Fri Nov 22, 2013, 11:25am
Subject: Re: The Gaggia Classic halfwit on her new Lelit PL043MM
 

I have no idea if you can get a replacement, but I'd phone that nice young lady at your supplier and see if she knows.  The other option is just to remove the fork from the grinder and put a block of wood or whatever in there that is the right height.
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M_R
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Fri Nov 22, 2013, 11:32am
Subject: Re: The Gaggia Classic halfwit on her new Lelit PL043MM
 

Now, why would you think that wasn't the first thing I did ...?
:-)
She doesn't know of replacements of that kind ...
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Posted Fri Nov 22, 2013, 12:00pm
Subject: Re: The Gaggia Classic halfwit on her new Lelit PL043MM
 

I think you are talking about the porta filter fork, it is U shaped and is under the grind spout of that grinder.

The exact location of your poratfilter under the spout is not critical and you can adjust the grounds in the basket after you grind them, how much does the fork/PF mismatch?

I suspect that a call to Lelit customer service might be a place to go if the retailer is not able to help you.

Glad to hear you are on the right track! :D

 
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Fri Nov 22, 2013, 12:10pm
Subject: Re: The Gaggia Classic halfwit on her new Lelit PL043MM
 

Yup, it was you alright, who set me on the right track re the grinder. THANKS HEAPS, Wayne! :-)
I can force the portafilter in because the plastic isn't rigid: but there's not all that much room, and the direction of the ground coffee from the spout is towards the front of it ... and it becomes a bit of a balancing act to get the right amount in the right place because of having to be trying to keep the portafilter in position.
I thinkI'll contact Alan Frew of Coffee for Connoisseurs about it: although he's in Melbourne, he still knows everything in terms of Aussie coffee needs/supplies.   :-)
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Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Mon Nov 25, 2013, 7:20am
Subject: Re: The Gaggia Classic halfwit on her new Lelit PL043MM
 

Your welcome.
Have you looked into the down under board to see what they offer?
http://coffeesnobs.com.au/
They are another good place to hang out and as they are much more local to you, some of the location specific information may be more accurate for you.

In a worst case, you could grind into another container and then transfer to the PF but that quickly becomes "old" and a big pain.

Give coffeesnobs a look and see if someone there can be of better help to you.

Don't stay away from here though LOL!

 
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