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Posted Wed Sep 16, 2009, 8:57pm
Subject: Another old white Gaggia Coffee Machine - Help?
 

Hi y'all
I have an old white Gaggia that others have described.  It is in remarkably good shape for a 20 yr old machine.  Boiler works fine, water temp good, pressure great, good steam and makes great shots.  
The problem arises when I put too much coffee or tamp too firmly.  The water then leaks around the edges on the ring holding the portafilter.  I tipped it up and looked for a gasket, but don't see one.  I don't remember there ever being one.

Gaggia website is no help.  I do not even know the model or #.  Does anyone know if there is supposed to be a gasket and if so, where one can be had?

Thanks!     Dan

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Posted Thu Sep 17, 2009, 8:48am
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I would think there should be a gasket.

You might want to try asking people here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gaggia/

Many have the older Gaggias that might be able to help you find out what size, where to buy one, and how to put it in. It's probably similar to modern Gaggias, I don't think they changed that much over the years.
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Posted Thu Sep 17, 2009, 9:31am
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Thx Fred
I will give 'em a try!
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Posted Thu Sep 17, 2009, 9:33am
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Not a member of Yahoo though
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Posted Thu Sep 17, 2009, 10:45am
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It seems like the portafilter wouldn't fit right if there wasn't a gasket at all.  Meaning that it wouldn't fit tight but would flop around.  Are you sure that there isn't a gasket in there that hasn't just hardened up and been covered with stuff over the years?  Regardless, it sounds like you need a new one.
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Posted Thu Sep 17, 2009, 3:09pm
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It needs a gasket.

Unfortunately the gasket it needs is thinner than the one that most Gaggias use.  Maybe 8.5 mm????

Hopefully JR will chime in here at some point and tell you where you can get the one you need.  He knows everything you need to know about the FOWC.

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Posted Fri Sep 18, 2009, 1:04pm
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danioro Said:

I have an old white Gaggia that others have described.  It is in remarkably good shape for a 20 yr old machine.  Boiler works fine, water temp good, pressure great, good steam and makes great shots.

Posted September 16, 2009 link

Yes, I had one for over 25 years . . .
 

danioro Said:

The problem arises when I put too much coffee or tamp too firmly.  The water then leaks around the edges on the ring holding the portafilter.  I tipped it up and looked for a gasket, but don't see one.  I don't remember there ever being one.

Posted September 16, 2009 link

Yes, that's your problem:  you are choking the machine, and the water has nowhere to go BUT leak out around the edges of the portafilter.  Don't put too much coffee in; don't tamp too firmly.  Try backing off on the grind about;  You are choking the machine.

danioro Said:

Gaggia website is no help.  I do not even know the model or #.  Does anyone know if there is supposed to be a gasket and if so, where one can be had?

Posted September 16, 2009 link

Dan, the model is "Coffee" -- you have a Gaggia Coffee espresso machine.  There is, or at least should be, a gasket.  It needs to be replaced.  This will not, however, stop your machine from leaking around the portafilter if you continue to use too much coffee, tamp too tightly, or grind too finely . . .

You can find a gasket here.  More can be found here.

Cheers,
Jason

 
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Posted Fri Sep 18, 2009, 2:17pm
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

Yes, I had one for over 25 years . . .
You can find a gasket here.  More can be found here.
Jason

Posted September 18, 2009 link

Those gaskets will not fit the F Old White Coffee.
They are too thick.  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Gaggia/

Susan
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Posted Fri Sep 18, 2009, 3:46pm
Subject: Re: Another old white Gaggia Coffee Machine - Help?
 

danioro Said:

Does anyone know if there is supposed to be a gasket and if so, where one can be had?

Posted September 16, 2009 link

The ONLY place I know of is Electra-Craft, and they were about $12 each PLUS shipping last time I bought them.  And I was ordering two...they told me the prices was $12 and I thought they meant for BOTH.  I was surprised when I got the invoice!  Also, they get it confused  with the newer ones.  You have to tell them it's the "old BLUE group gasket".

danioro Said:

Not a member of Yahoo though

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That's easy to remedy, just join.  You can still have the emails sent to your existing email account, or no emails if you prefer.

SJM Said:

Hopefully JR will chime in here at some point and tell you where you can get the one you need.  He knows everything you need to know about the FOWC

Posted September 17, 2009 link

Thanks, but I'll always defer to Tex, he's forgotten more about Gaggias than I ever knew.  And sorry Susan, it's just the OWC to me.

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Posted Fri Sep 18, 2009, 4:00pm
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JR Said:

And sorry Susan, it's just the OWC to me.
Jack

Posted September 18, 2009 link

And as of now I will go back to calling it the Old White Coffee with the Steam Knob on the Front.....:-)))))))

My apologies for being disrespectful.....

Susan
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