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    GEE coffee machines

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    Hi all, after a few years hiatus from CS with the recent upgradeitis bug kicking in and an upgrade to both espresso machine and grinder it pushed me back to CS again. And I forgot how much I enjoyed you all, the discussions, banter and help everyone is to each other.

    Before I left I was running Miss Silvia and Rocky combo, around the time I left the GEE machines came out and were causing quite a stir. Bt was just thinking and had a quick search which didn't bring up anything. I also noticed that none of the sponsors carried them anymore.

    What happened? What did I miss? Where did they all go? Why isn't anyone talking about them?

    Just interested.

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    Dave aka mmmcoffee

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    I'm expecting one from another local (to me) member, soon.
    it needs some love and repair so I'll be interested to see what I find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmmcoffee View Post
    ........GEE machines.........had a quick search which didn't bring up anything. I also noticed that none of the sponsors carried them anymore.

    What happened? What did I miss? Where did they all go? Why isn't anyone talking about them?........Just interested......
    They were not a successful model.

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    Thanks TOK. What happened they sounded like from everyone's talking to be a good unit (although looked very plastic)? Had a PID installed from the factory etc. looked like they were going to take over from the Silvias a while ago.

    Hi Robbiks have to let me know your thoughts.

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    Here's a link to a thread on the Gee that ran from 2010 to 2012 http://coffeesnobs.com.au/brewing-eq...-espresso.html high expectations when they arrived on the scene, however seems there were issues with build quality and reliability.

    They never really took off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    high expectations when they arrived on the scene, however seems there were issues with build quality and reliability.

    They never really took off.
    Even the Crossland CC1 which was a "hot rodded" ( improved, modified , rebranded ?) version of the GEE , has never really succeeded .
    I suspect its a reflection on the move away from SBDU units to HX and DB type machines amongst those who "invest" in their coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blend52 View Post
    I suspect its a reflection on the move away from SBDU units to HX and DB type machines amongst those who "invest" in their coffee.
    Not so sure about that, Silvia maintained it's market popularity without any problem, the Gee simply faded into obscurity.

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    Yeah strange one Yelta & blend52 how they just seemingly dissapeared.
    Yelta I remeber that thread was the one I was thinking about when I made this post.
    I remember when they came out looking at the and thinking they looked very/all plastic and cheap looking, especially if y compare to the build quality if full stainless Silvia.
    It's interesting Blend52, I agree with your thoughts about ppl moving to HX machines but still definatley think there is a place for Silvia priced machines. I had mine for 5 years and loved it before being able to talk the department of finance (wife) into the upgrade to HX.

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    I just found there website and sees they still exist, still selling their coffee machine. They say they are "adopted and widely used in one of the largest chain convenience stores in Japan".
    But don't say anything about any distributors.

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    I like the fact that they are a pseudo "dual" machine
    boiler for brew water and TB for steam.
    so you don't have to temp surf, but I believe you can't pour and steam simultaneously

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    For what it's worth I have had some stonking good coffee out of a Gee. Temperature and pressure wise they were spot on, selectable pre infusion time, PID on brew with a decent boiler volume and a great thermal design with the boiler sat right on top of the group, instead of offset as in the silvia.

    The build quality of the case, user interface and support from the manufacturer were absolutely abysmal however. A good idea on paper, sadly not well executed.

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    Pity that is the case Coffee Machinist, wonder with your incredible skills it's possible to use the insides and work on the outsides.
    Pity they couldn't develop their machines more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmmcoffee View Post
    use the insides and work on the outsides
    Believe me, I've thought about it! Thanks for the kind words! If I hadn't done a frankenSilvia for my home machine, frankenGee would have been a good bet.

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    Or perhaps a Geekenstein
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    Can we see come picks of ur frankensilvia?

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    Righto,

    I've got the little Gee I acquired stripped down and found the issue for steam pump always running.

    The adjustable collar that activates the micro-switch was loose on the shaft, so it would not shut off the steam pump.

    I've got it all stripepd apart and soaking currently as the entire brew and milk path was filthy.
    I don't think it's even ever had a flush to clear off the shower screen.

    so once back together about all I need to find is a suitable Portafilter.
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    All cleaned, scrubbed and back together, pipes sealed up and running well.

    Also, if Chris (Talk_Coffee) could shoot me some info on dropping the brew pressure back to 9Bar would be much appreciated
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    The portafilter is a Gaggia clone
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    57 or 58mm?

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    there's a 57mm?

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    I'm not familiar with the Gaggias.
    So if they're 58mm I can use my lelit baskets.

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    58 only Robbks. How's the machine looking?? How's the coffee??

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    Still getting my hands on a PF.
    pretty sure I've sourced a local one.

    The old Gaggia's must be a pretty reliable machine.
    there's very few lying around for parts...

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    Found an old second hand one for my father in law in an old second hand shop in Italy and it kept going for 5 years! Looked pretty rough at the time but the little Gaggia just kept on keeping on!



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