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dorkroast
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013, 8:59pm
Subject: Re: I got my Gaggia Classic! (And some problems with it.)
 

I didn't see it in your posts but did you buy your machine new? From what I understand all current Classics come with the standard double basket as well as the pressurized single and double.

If not, you'll not really be able to start your espresso adventure in earnest until after your new goodies show up.

I've found grind to be pretty important with my classic. I adjust it almost every day with the same beans, and even more if I switch beans.
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Ceridan
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013, 4:19am
Subject: Re: I got my Gaggia Classic! (And some problems with it.)
 

I think I'll get a handle on this, even at the moment I'm able to get much better results than with my previous crappy machine :)

My machine is new and it comes with pressurized single and double. AWAIK it is how GCs are sold in Czechia starting 4/2011.

I await my new goodies :)

And again I thank you for all the advices.
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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013, 4:23am
Subject: Re: I got my Gaggia Classic! (And some problems with it.)
 

Ceridan Said:

... My machine is new and it comes with pressurized single and double ...

Posted January 7, 2013 link

Which are the first things you ought to get rid of. Buy some regular filters!

 
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Ceridan
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013, 4:29am
Subject: Re: I got my Gaggia Classic! (And some problems with it.)
 

NobbyR Said:

Which are the first things you ought to get rid of. Buy some regular filters!

Posted January 7, 2013 link

Ceridan Said:

I'v ordered non-pressurized baskets, but I don't know when they will arrive.

Posted January 3, 2013 link

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NobbyR
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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013, 5:02am
Subject: Re: I got my Gaggia Classic! (And some problems with it.)
 

Sorry, must have escaped me.

 
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Ceridan
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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013, 5:08am
Subject: Re: I got my Gaggia Classic! (And some problems with it.)
 

No problem, you did just point out, how important it is :) Btw, do i have to order the pressure head gasket in advance? I mean when I'll probably have to replace the current one?
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Ceridan
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Posted Tue Jan 8, 2013, 5:33am
Subject: Re: I got my Gaggia Classic! (And some problems with it.)
 

Two more questions, please:

  1. What purpose has the plastic plate put into the water tray?

  2. Should I use only the double shot basket, even for single shots?

Thanks
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Posted Tue Jan 8, 2013, 9:41am
Subject: Re: I got my Gaggia Classic! (And some problems with it.)
 

The plastic plate helps stop splash back out ot the tray when/if you get a forceful release of the 3 way.  I see that more with backflush that brew.  I leave it out as it is just another piece to wash and fit back in.

Doubles are easier to make than singles, especially when you are getting used to the machine.  Make doubles and waste half if you really only want a single, or use a non-pressurized single basket.  You may have trouble switching back and forth.

 
D4F also at
http://www.gaggiausersgroup.com/
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Posted Tue Jan 8, 2013, 9:44am
Subject: Re: I got my Gaggia Classic! (And some problems with it.)
 

Double shots are my standard espresso.  It is easier for me to do and that is the normal shot strength you get here in the PNW.  Some cafes have it posted at the bottom of the menu signs. So that is what I do.  No idea about the plate in the water tray.

 
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