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smekky
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Posted Mon Apr 30, 2012, 3:30am
Subject: Gaggia Espresso Pure 50Hz against 60Hz
 

Guys I need a bit of help.

I have a Gaggia Espresso Pure that has 220v and 50Hz. I was using it in Egypt and it was working great. Now I've moved to Saudi Arabia and the Electricity here is 220v but with 60Hz. I've used it a couple of times but I've noticed that it's not working at the same power as it was in Egypt.

Could this really be related to the frequency change? Should I get a transformer for it to work properly?

If you can please help.

Thank you.
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Posted Mon Apr 30, 2012, 3:39am
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Transformer will not help with 50v60 issue.
If anything you might reach pressure a little quicker but the freq diff should not be an issue.

 
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Posted Mon Apr 30, 2012, 9:13am
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Then i'll double check the volt. Maybe I got it plugged in 110 volt.
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Posted Sat May 12, 2012, 5:39am
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Guys can anybody help?

I'm certain I got the machine in 220V but it seems the 60Hz is not producing the same coffee it used to. The crema I used to get with the espresso shots are not the same anymore; so much more weak and not as consistent as it used to be.

Any ideas?
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Posted Sat May 12, 2012, 10:42am
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Has the grinder changed?  You are probably getting different coffee beans now from a different roaster?

Coffee beans that are freshly roasted will produce much more crema.  The texture of espresso made with beans 3 days after roast is much different from expresso made with the same beans 20 days after roast.  

Also the specific coffee beans vary greatly in how much crema and texture.  

If you are buying the exact same type of coffee beans and getting them freshly roasted, then perhaps you have a problem with your machine.  Otherwise I would suspect the coffee beans first.
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Posted Sat May 12, 2012, 10:49am
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Are you sure on the voltage?  I looked this up once before about a question.  Found that "electricity in Saudi Arabia is 127 Volts at 60 cycles per second."  220 is probably available so you might have that, but you would know.  It is not the regular household circuit.

 
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