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    gaggia classic

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    is there any reason NOT to buy gaggia classic?
    are there any bad points?
    I know, Silvia is only $250 more, but... I just bought 2 months old gaggia classic, with warranty for...$350, I thought it was good... now I need a grinder, mine is worth *:-X
    what would be the "best for the money" grinder to go with it?
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    Re: gaggia classic

    Gday there cjvs:

    is there any reason NOT to buy gaggia classic?
    Not really, they work just fine in comparison to many other boiler boiler type deomestic machines;

    are there any bad points?
    Not really, the answer to this from any individuals point of view being subjective more than anything else depending on their expectations;

    I know, Silvia is only $250 more, but... I just bought 2 months old gaggia classic, with warranty for...$350, I thought it was good...

    Yes , youve done well, particularly as you would be scratching now to find anyone to sell you a silva at much below around $749.00, so about $400.00 more than what you paid!

    now I need a grinder..........what would be the "best for the money" grinder to go with it?
    thanks,
    cjvs

    Go directly to this thread in the grinder section...click on the link!
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1127033839

    Good luck & happy coffee days
    FC.

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    Re: gaggia classic

    Nothing wrong with a Gaggia Classic. I used to have one, but sold it when I got a La Valentina on a good deal.

    I sometimes wish that I had not sold it.

    I got really awesome shots with the Classic, but do consider investing in a good grinder, as this would last you through your machine upgrades!

    I paired my Classic with the Solis/Delonghi/Starbucks grinder, I could not get that to grind fine enuf for the classic. So I got myself a Cunill Tranquilo, which did the trick.

    $350 for the classic, I think its a pretty good deal, use the money you have saved to purchase a good grinder.

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    Re: gaggia classic

    Ive had my Classic for 8 years and apart from a repair or two along the way (gaskets, o-rings, thermostats), its been very good. How it compares to the Silvia I dont know as Ive never used one, but I reckon it produces excellent coffee. My grinder is a Gaggia MDF which Ive had since 1992 (and must getting blunt by now!), but it hasnt missed a beat.

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    Youve got yourself a good deal. The important thing now is to spend the money youve saved (--ah, dont you love consumer logic --) on a good grinder, which will cost you about as much as the Gaggia or more depending on brand.

    Read the grinder posts for previously-dispensed advice. *As a matter of course, avoid anything with a blade. They chop the beans in a random, uncontrollable fashion. They also create too much heat which renders the coffee stale even its left the grinder. And theres often a lot of fly-away static electricity.

    Unless you go through several cups of coffee at every sitting, a doserless model is best for freshness. You grind directly into the portafilterbasket.

    Go for a good, low-revving (read: cool-running) burr grinder like the Iberital ($300), or Rancilio Rocky ($400 - $450). Others will tell you you need the commercial -style Mazzer Mini ($700 rising to $1000 for electronic model)
    Ill leave it to you to make that judgement.

    If you find the need to upgrade the Gaggia down the track, the grinder will most probably be still in top condition then to handle your newer toy.

    Good luck
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    Re: gaggia classic

    Thank you all *:-*
    I still believe that Crema was the guy on Seinfeld *;D,
    And that brings me to another question; is “perfect crema” device worth buying?
    All of you presume that I will upgrade, why? if gaggia is soooo good?
    It is difficult, we are having espresso in bad, and French bucket of coffee for breakfast, so a doserless is out. Thank you again,
    Kind regards,
    cjvs

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    Re: gaggia classic

    Why would u want to purchase a crema device?

    The classic is good, but the semi-commercial, commercial machines are in a different class. Many people here have upgraded to machines costing 2-3K.

    We are just pointing out that the grinder is something that is worth investing in upfront, as the grinder is an important factor in getting the shot right each time.

    I fail to understand why the doserless would be out for your needs. I personally have a doserless, and drink (used to) espressos, lattes, and plunger coffee. I simply adjust the grind as needed.



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    Crema is inherent in the extraction, flavoursome coffee oil which only manifests itself when conditions are ideal, from the correct grind to water temperature.

    The so-called enhancing devices do not produce real crema, so best to stay clear of them.

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    Thanks robusto for the simple aswer.

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    And;
    "...I fail to understand why the doserless would be out for your needs. *I personally have a doserless, and drink (used to) espressos, lattes, and plunger coffee. *I simply adjust the grind as needed. .."
    Just thought of how to harvest grinded coffee for... plunger for a few guests? I thought that it will give you a one measure for the portafiltro :-/ NOW YOU KNOW I AM GREEN... not in drinking, but in making ;)

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    Re: gaggia classic

    Doserless is the way to go if youre not mass-producing coffee drinks. A dosered grinder is only slightly better in that case, because you dont have to wait for the amount of coffee to be ground. Its just click-clack and youre off. For smaller quantities, a dosered grinder tends to be more of an inconvenience. You spend a lot of time cleaning out the dosing chamber.

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    Re: gaggia classic

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    I still have my Classic. It produced some of the best shots Ive ever had. It converted me from milk based drinks to espresso. I now have a larger heat exchanger machine and still cant get shots as good as the Classic was able to make. This is very frustrating for me but a testament to the Classic.

    The one major deficiency IMO is the steaming/frothing ability. Sure you can get by, but once you realise what can be achieved with a bigger machine, you wont want to.

    Enjoy the machine...



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