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  • How to replace a perfect 2 group Gaggia GX Lever machine? Help please...

    Advice please! I should have said 'appropriate replacement for...'

    So this is the situation: I have always desired a lever machine. Then by chance I came upon this almost unused (as it turned out) lovely two group Gaggia GX lever. It is immaculate. Outside and inside are stunning. Electric/gas. I was lucky to find it, it still had the protective plastic on the stainless and only one group had been used and that very sparingly. There was even a spare portafilter that I had turned out and made naked and then chromed. Then we moved house and there is no way that my wife would let it into the house. So we use a Rocket Giotto inside. I had thought I could part with the Gaggia, advertised and some offers came in but I could not bear to sell it.

    And so my amazing Gaggia GX lever is in my garage/workshop, on a cart and all connected. Every now and then I go, turn it on, have a coffee with friends and then in all its glory it is back under a cover sheet until next time. A terrible situation.

    What I love is how it pulls perfect shots, the poetry of the lever being pushed down, the spring slowly pushing it up, the oozing of the first drop, the perfect puck when changing the portafilter, the endless steam from a large tank, the quiet of not having any pump during extraction, the beauty of its stainless steel and Ferrrari-red body and the shiny massive lever groups. Just everything. Most of it though I love the poetry of the lever action.

    And as it is in the workshop I've been wondering if I could replace it with a one group lever machine that I could bring to live inside. At least with a new owner my machine would be used in all its glory.

    I've looked and there are options. For example a Bezzera Strega.

    What would you go for?
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  • #2
    You have spoken a lot about the Gaggia, but really you didn't explain much about the other option, how expensive it would be to get rid of the wife and get a bigger kitchen?

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    • #3
      Can I come and live in your shed? Happy to do basic coffee machine maintenance in return for board...

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      • #4
        Buy that Cremina which just dropped in the for sale section ...
        Last edited by roosterben; 13 October 2019, 04:43 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 338 View Post
          You have spoken a lot about the Gaggia, but really you didn't explain much about the other option, how expensive it would be to get rid of the wife and get a bigger kitchen?
          No option. She's perfect. Puts up with my mad ideas.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by roosterben View Post
            Buy that Cremina which just dropped in the for sale section ...
            That's nice but not right. It's a lever machine, but...

            I definitely want one with a substantive group head for temperature stability, decent size boiler and it has to be a spring loaded lever.

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            • #7
              CSB, only one option if you don't see a move and bigger kitchen coming. Stick it in the for sale section (I think I saw it there before) and start auditioning the Strega, Profitec 800, Alex Leva choices or something vintage and single lever.

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              • #8
                I would hang onto it. Yes it is a pity something you love has to sit lonely under wraps...but you can and do still love it and it brings you joy.

                Get rid of it...and the joy goes with it. And what does its sale or whatever achieve? Makes a tiny bit more space in your garage. Space which brings you no joy...just a cold longing for your machine which is out there...somewhere...

                Spare yourself the heartache. Keep it.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by robusto View Post
                  I would hang onto it. ...just a cold longing for your machine which is out there...somewhere...Spare yourself the heartache. Keep it.
                  I'm meditating on that sage advice. Once I sold a Leica M3, and a BMW motorcycle, and recently my 21yo Defender. All bad decisions. I'm looking for a Defender and long ago bought anothe M3... Robusto, you're talking good sense.

                  Not sure what to do. I'll have a chance tomorrow to turn on the Giotto and pull it's lever. Three days ago I roasted some Colombian Volcan Galeras Supremo. I just love those beans and will contemplate what to do while looking out in the direction of Maldon.

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                  • #10
                    I have been living with a Bezzera Family sized hole in my life for the last ten years. I have tried to fill it with various other levers, Faemina, Pavoni and currently a Faema Urania, but non will replace my first lever.
                    Actually someone on this site bought it so if your out there I really want it back.
                    Have you considered a Faemina? Its small enough to sit by your regular machine for when the lever longing grabs you and you can keep the Giotto for a daily driver when you just need to knock a quick one out before work.
                    I'm with the others on here about keeping the Gaggia if you have some space for it. something like that won't come along again

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                    • #11
                      Keep it, or take it to work and make yourself popular.

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                      • #12
                        PV export single leva in the for sales at present. Not sure if it meets your criteria... Certainly compact and spring lever

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