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Gaggia MDF - Ryan Mullett's Review
Posted: April 16, 2012, 9:52pm
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A C C 9.00
B T 9.00
Lance Goffinet 8.88
Mark Babbe 8.20
Patrick T 7.66

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.2
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 8
Average Price: $249.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $1.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Auction Aesthetics 3
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Gaggia Coffee Classic
Bottom Line: "I'LL BUY THAT FOR A DOLLAR!!!" ... but seriously it's a good, quality, "entry level" burr grinder that's a great starter unit for the home barista.
Positive Product Points

Works good, strong gear drive motor, easily adjustable (to a point), good entry level grinder for the home barista. Not too loud, won't wake the whole house at 5:30 in the morning.

Negative Product Points

Color choices have included some clunkers over the years, like mine which is a hideous reddish orange. Current new models are available in black and white only, but there have been several other really nice colors in the past, available used or NOS online. The doser lid is problematic, so much so, mine was missing when I bought it. Doser lever is reputedly easy to break, but if you don't "flick" it forward and let it slam back and instead let it rest against your finger as you let it return to sit against the stop it should last a lifetime.  The grind adjustments steps are not as fine as I'd like but can be fine tuned to better suit your taste. As others have said you can outgrow this grinder, but I do feel it's a nice place to start.

Detailed Commentary

Purchased this at an auction along with a Gaggia Coffee Classic, and the Gaggia base that sits underneath both with storage drawer, for the insanely low price of $1.00. It has a build date of 9/1994 and had sat for quite a while and needed a thorough cleaning. Beans had been left in the hopper, which collected moisture and started to get moldy, and also caused some surface rust to the burr. Considering the neglect this unit was subjected to I was surprised how well it performs. I completely disassembled the entire unit and during the process of resurrecting it from its state of disrepepair I discovered a few tricks that aren't in the manual.

The grind selection is far more adjustable than meets the eye. However, you do need to partially disassemble it to get to the finer adjustments. Removing the hopper and the top cover of the housing gives you access to a pair of screws that lock the burr holder to the adjustment step wheel. These screws hold the burr holder in place in the SLOTTED adjustment step wheel.  Changing the position in the slots will allow you to fine tune a step (say 4 is a little too fine and 5  too course for that perfect cup, with a bit of trial and error you can dial it in.)

Another trick, allowing for infinite adjustment, is to simply remove the springs that push the stop pins into the stepped adjustment wheel. The threads on the burr holder on mine were snug enough to maintain adjustment without the stop pin springs in place. A single wrap of plumber's ptfe/teflon tape on the threads can snug them up, if yours happen to be too loose to retain adjustment while running.

Buying Experience

Like i said above, got it at auction for $1.00. it was near the end and I don't think anyone else knew what it was, and I got lucky. All told I think I have about $8.00 and my time invested in it. For what I paid it's the best value around even with the ugly color. I doubt I could ever find another for that price, however it is worth far more yet still a good value, new Gaggia 8002 MDF retails for as low as $210 new online, and used for  under $100.

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