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    Replacement for Gaggia Classic Coffee?

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    Hi,

    My wife and I work at home and enjoy 2 brews of latte per day. We bought a Gaggia Classic Coffee about 8 years ago and have been using ever since.

    My wifes brew tends to be less consistent than mine.

    The unit is leaking some steam at the base of the steam arm and Ill need to get it fixed if we keep it.

    We use a Braun grinder, which seems to work fine, as far as I can tell.

    My wife would like a built in grinder (not sure why), and Id like a unit that takes less time to use and clean and less time for maintenance (its a real pain to get the shower screen off and scrub it - so much so that I only do it every 3 months or more when I descale).

    And, if you have a dinner party, catering to 8 people takes 30 minutes! Not very friendly to ones visitors.

    I might be dreaming, but what would CS people suggest for the "next machine".

    Id like a single button that does everything, including the cleaning! But, I like my coffee enough to put some effort into the process.

    Maybe, just keep the Gaggia and get it serviced?

    regards,
    RR

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    Re: Replacement for Gaggia Classic Coffee?

    Welcome Russell!

    Its possible you may be able to get a new o-ring for the steam arm (is it leaking out of the end of the wand or from up inside the machine?)

    A machine that takes less time to clean is more than likely to be a super automatic, which is basically buying convenience at the cost of quality of results. So Id recommend staying with a manual machine if youre looking for good quality coffee. Something like a Rancilio Silvia is similar in operation to the Classic but is made of brass rather than aluminium and they have an excellent reputation for reliability, plus parts are readily available. However its still a single boiler machine, and while it will be quicker than the Gaggia (300ml boiler instead of 120ml boiler in the Gaggia, so quicker for steaming) its still hard going for a group of people.

    The next step up is the Nuova Simonelli Oscar which retails about $1200, and then the others are $1500+. However theres an Oscar for sale second-hand at the moment with a much much much much better grinder than you presently have (did I say much better? :)) so Id seriously look at that package before someone else grabs it - and they use 58mm filter baskets like the Gaggia so any accessories such as filter baskets or tampers will go straight into the Oscar. Being a heat exchanger machine youll have your eight drinks out in more like 8 minutes!

    Good luck!
    Greg

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    Re: Replacement for Gaggia Classic Coffee?

    Hi,

    Thanks for the info Greg. Ill talk it over with the boss.

    Quality is more important than convenience, when it comes to coffee.

    The Gaggia seems to have quite a bit of brass on the inside, so maybe the model has changed. I know the price came down a few years after we bought ours.

    We might end up staying with the Gaggia, and get it serviced.

    thanks again,
    RR

    PS: I found your tampers and just emailed you a couple of questions.

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    Re: Replacement for Gaggia Classic Coffee?

    Hi again,

    I forgot to reply that the steam is leaking where the arm joins the machine.

    regards,
    RR

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    Re: Replacement for Gaggia Classic Coffee?

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    Hi Russell,

    Yep you should have a reply by now ;) I think the group and portafilter is all brass but everything Ive read and seen of the Gaggias suggests they have a 120ml aluminium boiler. Anyhow, there are a number on here who think the Classic is a very good entry-level machine (and it is) and its probably a relatively cheap fix if you can get the parts; its just a matter of whether after 8 years thats the only thing wrong with it (which is unlikely if theres any aluminium inside) and whether youre going to get a good return on your investment by trying to get it repaired, particularly if the machine is not always meeting your needs.

    That last point really depends how often you find yourself with 8 guests and how much of an inconvenience that is. The package for sale http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1217142438 isnt being sold by me but Id be giving it serious consideration if I was 1) looking to upgrade from a single boiler machine, 2) wanted to be able to produce a number of milk drinks in a short space of time, 3) could do with a better grinder and 4) are more concerned with good results than paying for shiny chrome bling.

    Greg



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