calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 7,675 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 7:06am Subject: Re: a spitting baby (gaggia)
Welcome to the board. Rather than digging up an old thread, it might have been more useful to start a thread of your own, that way you can start "clean" and old conversations do not confuse the issue.
Water leaking between the PF and the group head is a bad gasket, they need to be replaced about every 6 months or so depending on your use of the machine.
The dispersion screen should be cleaned on a regular basis.
There are different kinds of baskets to use, one is a perfect crema or a pressurized basket, this helps with poor quality coffee or improperly ground coffee, stale coffee, canned coffee etc. Then there is the regular basket which is the one to use when you have a GOOD grinder, good espresso can only be made with fresh coffee and a good grinder. The pressurized basket produces a fake crema by forcing coffee through a small hole, not good coffee.
What portafilter are you using? What basket are you using? What grinder are you using? What coffee are you using? How long ago was it roasted?
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tvk89ef Junior Member Joined: 8 Jun 2014 Posts: 9 Location: earth Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Jun 8, 2014, 2:15pm Subject: Re: a spitting baby (gaggia)
OK. I will try as I just got a Gaggia Classic and have had coffee spray all over the kitchen.
The spray comes form the horizontal hole in the stem of the the portafilter. The stuff is supposed to nicely drip down the channels. But it does not. It flies out sideways. I see that this is a common problem as there are several UK postings about this. For example
(The clever software seems to want to change URLs! So, after the "uk" bit you may want to type "showthread.php?2362-Messy -Spitting-gaggia-classic" to get there in case the link does not get you there. Alternatively, just do a Google search for "gaggia classic spitting" and you will be there.)
Luckily, our kitchen is large enough and with the machine on the island I did not mess up the walls. The UK forum gave me ideas. I now have taped some plastic (shopping bags, cut up) on either side of the machine to facilitate clean up.
I have managed to get coffee into a cup (and not the counter top), but without any crema. It is just drip coffee. But every time there is some froth, most of it goes to the shields and I get about half a teaspoon of the tail end of the drip into the cup.
I have seen a number of totally useless videos on Youtube, none of which tell anything that one does not already know.
And, why is the channel open. If the spout was closed at least the spray would end up in the drip tray. Hope it is not one of those clever Italian design ideas!
Any help in explaining what *causes* the problem would go a long way to get the machine to work. Have about 70 days before I make a call to return it.
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