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Gaggia Classic model differences?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Gerard124, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    I think you can, but I think you might need some new parts so you have a portafilter holder and a spout to direct the grinds. If you google something like "modifying doser Rancilio Rocky" you might find some instructions.

    After 10 years with the Rocky we are giving some serious thought to getting one of these https://www.nichecoffee.co.uk/
  2. Mr_Sukebe

    Mr_Sukebe pfm Member

    OK, we have a winner.
    Did some more reading about purchasing from MyItalia, which rather put me off. Apparently they're cheap, deliver next day, but God help you if you have a problem.

    Then I did some more reading. Seems that the 2018 Gaggia Classic has been updated.
    For all that, I read that it doesn't make much difference to the coffee made. Lastly, that Gaggia themselves are knocking out the now "old model" at discount, meaning that you can buy them for a nearly the same price as Italia, but directly from Gaggia.
    As such, just ordered a 2015 model, grinder and metal tamper at a price £150 less than the newer 2018 Classic with grinder.
    gintonic likes this.
  3. Mr_Sukebe

    Mr_Sukebe pfm Member

    Do you chaps have good recommendations on where to source coffee beans from?
    For ground coffee, I'm a fan of Columbian. Not sure how that translates into non-ground beans.
  4. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    Have a look at Hasbean https://www.hasbean.co.uk/ if you are lucky you might find a local roaster - where are you based?
  5. clivem2

    clivem2 pfm Member

    I'm lusting after a Zero too. I'll come round to the £500 price tag given a little time. Shame they don't do it chrome to match my La Pav.
    gintonic likes this.
  6. madmike

    madmike I feel much better now, I really do...

    I get beans from Pact, some arrived today, roasted on 4th Feb and packed on 5th Feb. "Villa Rubiella Espresso" from Colombia.
  7. madmike

    madmike I feel much better now, I really do...

    I looked at the parts diagram for both as it shows the front plate without the attachments. All I would need is the little hood thingy and the chrome bar. Getting the doser off though will require me to remove the front plate which looks tricky...so I shan't bother.
  8. cubastreet

    cubastreet Espresso Fiend

    Soft water would certainly help things, as does a regular descale.
    They're full of proprietary electronics, plastic tubes, clips etc. If these parts are available in five years, they could be any price. I'm sure many people get a good run out of them but I wouldn't consider them an option for more than a couple of years.
    Sue Pertwee-Tyr likes this.
  9. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    Thanks, I think you've probably saved me a grand!
    gintonic likes this.
  10. Mr_Sukebe

    Mr_Sukebe pfm Member

    Thanks for the beans supplier suggestions. Looked at PACT and was ready to order, until their website tried to insist that I register a credit card with themselves. No thanks.

    Have ordered from the Foundry Coffee Roasters, apparently based in Sheffield and received some beans roasted yesterday (nice timing).
    Can't try them until Sunday, which is when the missus get's her new coffee machine.
  11. Joe

    Joe pfm Member

    I have one... they are wonderful things. The body is all cast aluminium so you could strip the finish and get it chromed.... you would have a unique object.
  12. Mr_Sukebe

    Mr_Sukebe pfm Member

    A question for the Gaggia classic owners here.
    When I make a coffee, I'm currently experiencing the following:
    - After pumping the water through the coffee filter, and turning off the "pump water" button, my machine continues to "leak" water through at a small rate. If put a cup underneath, somewhere in the region of half a cup of water
    - The unit has now started to continue to release steam from the wand
    I get the impression that being a 2015 model, that this is caused by the ball/spring mechanism not re-seating post using either of the functions to pump hot water/steam, thus allowing further release. To me, that would appear to be a genuine fault with the machine.

    What's the view here, is this normal, or do you think I have a case for asking for a fix from Gaggia (it was bought directly from them).
  13. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    Ask here https://coffeeforums.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?16-Gaggia-Forum loads of experts
  14. wacko

    wacko pfm Member

    ^^ this is why people buy Nespresso machines.
    cutting42 likes this.
  15. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Golly, do I ever have a lot of soul!

    Obviously three coffee machines is an insufficient number for any right-thinking person, so I’ve bought one of these as well. It’s a 2006 Italian model (1300W) which has been stripped, serviced and rebuilt. The shower plate and screen are now brass, it has new thermostats and a Rancilio wand. The pressure has been set to 9 bar.

    It doesn’t arrive until later today, but is there anything else you Classic owners think I should know or do? One thing - apparently the wand leaks a little. Any suggestions for fixing would be gratefully received.
  16. Pedro83

    Pedro83 pfm Member

    I haven't read the entire thread. I used to own the classic and fantastic it is/was. grinder is of huge importance as many have pointed out.

    ... anyway I used to buy bags of coffee from Starbucks and have them grind it for me according to my machine and I'd throw it into the freezer to stay fresh. I cannot remember the setting they used but when they got it right it produced great coffee almost every time. not sure this is the cheapest, or best way for you though? I'm sure much better beans can be procured at a cheap price. and a thought to support a good company who pay their taxes, contrary to SBucks.
  17. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    does this make sense to anyone?
  18. Pedro83

    Pedro83 pfm Member

    all in hindsight gin. this was over ten years ago.
  19. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Golly, do I ever have a lot of soul!

    It’s arrived. I’ve flushed it and had a couple of goes - it looks like the grind has to be finer than I use in the La Pavoni or the coffee comes out in a torrent.
  20. deek

    deek pfm Member

    I used a new (2016 ish) Gaggia classic for a year. It started to leak. I had to send it to an approved repairer to get it serviced. It came back with the same issue. I no longer have it.

    Turns out that the old Gaggia was brilliant, my neighbour still has hers from way back. But since Phillips bought the company, some corners had been cut. There is a brass fitting in the group head of the original where the portafilter butts against, but in the new version it is a plastic shim and I think this or the glue had failed.

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