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Shawn12
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Location: Barrie,ON, Canada
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Bezzera BZ07
Grinder: Vario/Virtuoso...
Vac Pot: Yama 5/Balancing Siphon
Drip: Brazen
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:11am
Subject: Thank You CoffeeGeek Posters !!
 

This is my first post here but used this site extensively and the excellent opinions to purchase my first real espresso set up.

Just wanted to say thank you !!

After a recent trip to Italy my wife and I could no longer suffer the inferior coffee generally available here.

Decided on a more basic set up in order to get my feet wet. A Gaggia Classic with MDF grinder.

So far very happy with the results.

Pulling great shots and couldn't have done it without all the great advice here.
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Coffeenoobie
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Joined: 11 Dec 2011
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Location: PNW
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:19am
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Glad we could help and that you got a good set up!

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

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Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 1:46pm
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P.S. Thank you for reading the older posts to get your ideas and not having to start another what should I buy thread.

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

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Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 1:55pm
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+1 to all she said and Congrats from me!

 
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NobbyR
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Location: Germany
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete
Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo
Vac Pot: N/A
Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe
Roaster: N/A
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:03pm
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Welcome to CoffeeGeek and congratulations on your set up! Did you get your Gaggia Classic new or used/refurbished? Do you have regular filter baskets?

 
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Shawn12
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Joined: 19 Oct 2012
Posts: 72
Location: Barrie,ON, Canada
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Bezzera BZ07
Grinder: Vario/Virtuoso...
Vac Pot: Yama 5/Balancing Siphon
Drip: Brazen
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Oct 20, 2012, 6:07am
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So all the changes Gaggia has made to the baskets they include with the Classic are very confusing. Instructions don't match what you get either. I bought new and received a standard double shot and 2 pressurized baskets, single and double. I have ordered a regular single shot. Not sure why they couldn't have just included that at their likely $2 cost on the item.  
Other than that all is good and latte art is coming along. There can never be enough regular daily activities that make me smile and I think I have just added one more.
Looking for more beans to try out. My local Italian food shop carries Caffe Mauro, Aurora, Iona and Azzura. Anyone have any luck with any of those?

Thank you
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic PID
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Posted Sat Oct 20, 2012, 9:39am
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I believe that the North Americas get the standard double basket.  I had a slip included that mentioned it and implied that only the pressurized baskets go elsewhere.  UK/Euro posters have complained about pressurized only.  As to the single basket, I get the impression that few use it.  The double basket and dose seem more easily learned and adjusted.

 
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Coffeenoobie
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Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Sat Oct 20, 2012, 10:40am
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Single shots seem fussier and I am in the PNW the land of the cramp the basket full and pull.  So when in Rome, I do big doubles probably closer to Italian triples. 17.5 -20 gram range.

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

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Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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NobbyR
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Joined: 10 Jul 2011
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Location: Germany
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete
Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo
Vac Pot: N/A
Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe
Roaster: N/A
Posted Sun Oct 21, 2012, 2:38am
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Shawn12 Said:

... I have ordered a regular single shot ...

Posted October 20, 2012 link

I suggest to get the regular double-shot basket as well, because it's much easier to handle that the single shot. As far as the single shot basket is concerned, I'd get a La Marzocco basket, the La Strada models are made by VST.

 
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Shawn12
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Joined: 19 Oct 2012
Posts: 72
Location: Barrie,ON, Canada
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Bezzera BZ07
Grinder: Vario/Virtuoso...
Vac Pot: Yama 5/Balancing Siphon
Drip: Brazen
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Oct 21, 2012, 12:57pm
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Thx. It came with a double shot basket ordered just the single. Not sure the manufacturer( just said standard single basket) but the place I ordered it from does sell the La Marzocco as well so if I'm not happy with the one I get that's good info.
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