qazwart Senior Member Joined: 7 Mar 2013 Posts: 4 Location: New Jersey Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Classic Grinder: Gaggia MDF
Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 7:19pm Subject: Re: Repairing Gaggia MDF Doser Grinder
Thanks. Unfortunately, that site didn't have MDF grinder parts. However, they do show various doser springs, and one may work -- if I can open the grinder to get to the spring. Looking at my grinder, there is a couple of screws on the bottom of the doser, but they're blocked by the portafilter holder. The holder is about an inch below the screws. To get rid of the portafilter holder, I'd have to open the machine from the bottom, and that requires torx screws of a size I don't have.
I also found a Dispensing Lever Kit on Parts Guru. It's $35, but all I really need is that $2.00 spring. Maybe once I see the actual spring, I can figure out exactly what I need and get it from Cafeparts.
I originally had a Saeco fully automated machine (beans go in one end, espresso comes out the other). The espresso was okay, but the big problem is that it broke down at least once per year and needed some $200 repair. My wife use to joke that I didn't own the Saeco, but rented it.
When I finally got sick of repairing the Saeco, I decided I wanted a less automated system. I figure it would make better espresso, and it would be less prone to breaking down and needing repair. I decided on the Gaggia Classic because it was touted not only capable making a great shot, but also easy to repair yourself.
Ironically, the Gaggia classic is usually paired with the Gaggia MDF grinder. The grinder is great, but the doser is just plain silly. I don't run a coffee shop, so why do I need to grind a dozen cups worth of beans to sit in the grinder's doser? When I grind the beans, I have to continuously hit the doser lever to fill the portafilter and it's another part to break. I get the simplest espresso machine to make repairs easy, and I get a grinder with a Rube Goldberg doser on it.
RichardCoffee Senior Member Joined: 2 Dec 2010 Posts: 121 Location: Long Beach Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: gaggia baby twin, mini... Grinder: fiorenzato pietro 63mm,... Roaster: weber grill with rk drum
Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 7:30pm Subject: Re: Repairing Gaggia MDF Doser Grinder
I repaired this once a few years ago. I'm not sure it was worth the effort. But, have you checked with Whole Latte Love? That's where I bought mine and I'm pretty sure that's where I bought the spring and learned how to replace it.
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