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    Gaggia Classic

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    Hi Everyone

    My friend has a Gaggia Classic.

    When I go to use it I find it very hard to turn the portifilter into the machine and the crema isnt that great.

    Is it normal??

    They are not using the crema enhancer.
    I tried cleaning the machine under screen.


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    Re: Gaggia Classic

    Hi there,
    You will find that to get a good espresso you need to control a few variables, and a clean machine is just one of them.

    In fact I read somewhere that a good espresso is 20% machine, and 80% barista (I think that covers the part where the human chooses the beans, the grind, and all the other human intervention).

    Hard to lock in the portafilter could be becos the basket is overpacked? *Try putting in less grounds.

    Lack of crema might not be due to the machine. *When I was using my Classic 2 weeks ago, I was getting good crema out of it. *Check the quality of your grounds, what is the pour rate? *The grounds could have been ground too coarse. *Are the grounds stale? *Did you tamp with enuf pressure?

    With semi-auto machines, the great thing is that you have control over all the variables, the flip-side is ... if you dont care about them, your coffee is a hit and miss affair.

    Yes .. throw that silly crema enhancer away, I think mines still in the plastic bag! *

    Let the machine warm up with the portafilter in place as well, a key part to great espresso is stability in temperature as well.

    Hmm I dont know how to upload a picture here. *But give me your email and I will send you a picture of the shot I pulled using my gaggia.

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    Re: Gaggia Classic

    Dont forget to Heat your cups up with some Hot water as well.

    The seal for your portafilter might be twisted too. Thus the diffs in puting the filter up.

    FB :)

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    Re: Gaggia Classic

    Heheheh managed to get the picture up with the help of FB!!

    Thanks mate


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    Re: Gaggia Classic

    Quote Originally Posted by gar118 link=1091573365/0#0 date=1091573365
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    When I go to use it I find it very hard to turn the portifilter into the machine and the crema isnt that great.

    Is it normal??
    I had a gaggia baby with a very tight portafilter. I rang the service agent and they were aware of the problem and offered to replace the pf under warranty. dont know if this is athe same as your problem but if its under warranty a call to the agent Shriro?? (cant remember sorry) could help

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    Re: Gaggia Classic

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    I will try and clean the machine again and purchase some fresh bean.
    Cheers ;D ;D



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