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Offline theshaneler

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New to the espresso world from western Canada
« on: August 07, 2017, 12:59:37 PM »
Hey guys;

I just picked up my first espresso machine, its a Gaggia Classic. I got it second hand, but it seems at least well taken care of. It has an upgraded steam wand, a Rancilio Silvia from what i have researched. Ill have to visit the troubleshooting section of the forum as the wand seems to drip water once the machine has gotten to temp.

I am still researching grinders, and for the time being I am using grinds from a local roaster.

I only have 6 shots under my belt so I'm still learning, both the shot and the milk frothing are a WIP. Either way its already better than the nespresso pods that got me hooked on Americanos at work!

look forward to exploring the forums!

Cheers;
Shane

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Re: New to the espresso world from western Canada
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2017, 01:36:08 PM »
Welcome to GUG Shane!

You will find plenty here on the dripping Classic wand matter. First thing to do with a "new to you" second hand machine is to make sure it's thoroughly clean by de-scaling it (again plenty on this site about various ways to do that, most of us regulars use citric acid ) and to back-flush it to remove oil and other residues - again lots here on how to do that (most use Cafiza).

Then swat up on regular cleaning/maintenance. After that the sky's the limit :)

Jerry

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Re: New to the espresso world from western Canada
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2017, 01:50:28 PM »
What Jerry said 

But first:   please be sure that you have a Gaggia Classic (this is not always clear) and that it is a Glassic Classic which does have a 3-way solenoid (the new S/S Classics seem not to).

If there is no 3-way solenoid you do not want to backflush.
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Re: New to the espresso world from western Canada
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2017, 10:33:28 AM »
Good point Susan - the model number for the steel boiler is RI9403 - as far as I know they are only available in Europe at this time but at some point no doubt this new non-solenoid model will start appearing elsewhere in the world, or does anyone know if they are already available outside Europe?

Jerry

 

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