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AndyPanda
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Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Expertise: I love coffee

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Posted Sun Jun 10, 2012, 7:26pm
Subject: Gaggia Coffee
 

I am going to thin out my collection of Gaggia machines.  This machine came to me with a dead pump - the pump has been replaced and works really well now.  While I had the machine apart, I opened up the boiler and cleaned inside and replaced the gaskets.  So everything is working very well and it pulls great shots.  It puts out 9.5 bars to a Portafilter Gauge when flowing 1.5 oz in 25 seconds .. if you pull larger shots you'll get about 8.5-9 bars for a 2-3oz shot.

This model has the same large water tank and large drip tray just like the Classic, same pump, same boiler, etc.  The main difference between this and the Classic (besides the metal case being painted rather than stainless) is the lack of 3-way valve and the OPV is a smaller one directly on the pump (although it actually does have an OPV on the pump - it is more of a safety device than meant to control brew pressure - this model doesn't require an OPV and gives proper 8.5-9.5 bar brew pressure automatically due to the design of the group valve as measured by me with a Portafilter mounted gauge)

There is only one small issue that is minor to me - but may bother you.  When using the steam wand for hot water, there are a few drips from the steam valve shaft when twisting the knob back and forth.  This doesn't happen when steaming - only when running the pump while opening the valve for hot water (something I never do ... but I noticed it as I was running it through all its paces in preparation to posting this ad).  There is also a spot on the removable power cord that touched a hot toaster oven and has a melted spot on the insulation - there is no exposed wire or danger but it does look a bit melted and is wrapped with electrical tape.

Comes with the double spout 58mm brass portafilter and one double basket.

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Asking / Suggested Price: 160
Seller Name: Andy Panda
Seller Location: Amameda, California (near Oakland and San Francisco)
Sale Type: For Sale

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Joined: 15 Mar 2012
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic PID
Grinder: Baratza Forte-AP
Posted Thu Jun 14, 2012, 10:07pm
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I see this is still for sale.  Great find for those looking for a machine under $200; there are not many choices where you really know what you get.

 
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