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    Grinder match for Gaggia Classic - recommendations?

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    Hey guys,

    I am relatively new to the whole coffee thing and I was just wondering what people thought is a good entry level grinder to match with the Gaggia Classic.

    I am going to do the OPV mod to the machine as I am currently getting about a 10 second double shot with my BCG450 on the lowest setting!
    I tried the mod on my BCG450 and ruined the thread on one of the screws so i can no longer do that haha.

    Can anyone recommend anything around the $300 mark? I know of the smart grinder, just not sure whether it will be much different to the grind I am currently getting.

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

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    Hi Andrew,

    I would say the Smart grinder might be the option. if you wanted to spend a little bit more look for a secondhand or on sale Compak K3 which you wont be disappointed with. You may have to spend a little more but if you can do that it will be well worth while.

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    The SG can work well with the classic. Might need to be shimmed at some stage though.

    However if you really like your espresso straight up, stretch out and get something like the K3 or in that league as the taste difference compared to the SG is quite large IMO from experimenting with them the side by side, same weight dose and same weight of extracted liquid.
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    yeah I think i might just hold out and get something a little more expensive. Reality is I will no doubt want to upgrade from the SG after a period of time. Do you think that the pressure valve mod will be as important if I have a good grinder?

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    I went through the same process with my Silvia using a Sunbeam 440 and a SG without much success with pulling a 20sec+ shot... but once I managed to find a used MACAP and then later a Rocky and managed to get a finer grind then I noticed a better result...

    I would also test out the pressure of the Classic before you try to modify the OPV... I did a bit of reading on it, and you should only modify it if your pressure is currently set too high....

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    I have found a rancilio MD40 second hand for $400..any opinions on this grinder?

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    Andrew, I also would suggest either the Rocky or the Smart Grinder. Same job but the Rocky will go for almost ever but the SG gives you more convenience options. If you plan on a future upgrade to a HX or DB machine think more along the lines of the Mazzers, Macaps or Compacts. There is a plethora of info here and via google for these type of machines.

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    yeah I think I have opted for the Smart Grinder. Once I feel the urge to step up from a gaggia classic I will look into a more expensive grinder. Thanks guys!

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    I'd spend the money on upgrading from SG to K3 or better before I'd upgrade from a Classic to another machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragunov21 View Post
    I'd spend the money on upgrading from SG to K3 or better before I'd upgrade from a Classic to another machine.
    Yeah I will probably go for a more expensive machine a bit later..but being a student means I have limited funds haha

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    Keep an eye out on gumtree or local classifies. Sometimes you can bag a bargain commercial grinder.

    Check with some of those sellers who package a commercial machine and grinder and ask if they are willing to separate. You can get lucky with some

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew1992 View Post
    Yeah I will probably go for a more expensive machine a bit later..but being a student means I have limited funds haha
    Nah, what I mean is if you have an SG and a Classic, I'd be upgrading the grinder first. If you're into tinkering and find yourself with $40 to spare I highly recommend putting a PID on the Classic. You can set it up to pull strings of shots within 2°C of setpoint after a cooling shot if you do it right.

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    Another vote for the Compak K3, just upgraded after a few years with a Nemox lux and Rocky, K3 is a definite upgrade in the cup.



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