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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
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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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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

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

    Click Here (coffeeforums.co.uk)

(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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Posted Sun Jun 8, 2014, 2:52pm
Subject: Re: a spitting baby (gaggia)

Hi, welcome to CG.

Please attach a photo of the PF horizontal hole that you are describing.  Is it the metal PF or the "perfect crema device?"

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Which basket?  When viewed from the bottom, one hole or many?

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