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Shiltsy
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 5:11pm
Subject: Two questions on Gaggia Platinum Vision
 

Hi all...  I am a new user to the site, but have been reading posts for some time.   I've gone from a cheap steam driven machine to a better delonghi pump driven to a recent upgrade to a super automatic.

The Gaggia is arriving this week and I have a couple of questions:

  1.  What exactly does the e plus system do?  The manual is light on details and from what I can tell it basically just extends or reduces the brewing time.  Anyone know exactly what it does and how it affects the shot?

  2.  The system allows you to select to cups instead of one.  Does that essentially double the dose and water volume?  My drink of choice is a double cappucino a bit dry, so I want to know exactly what the two shot option does.

I probably should have gone with a high end semi automatic machine, but mornings are too hectic around our house and I know a super automatic will be used a lot more regularly...  Now time to understand all the details of the machine for fine tuning.

Also, let me know if you have this machine and have pointers for the perfect shot.

Thanks for any feedback!
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 8:08pm
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Sadly, very few of us here have super-automatics.  I'm not sure we'll be able to answer your questions satisfactorily . . . .

 
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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2012, 4:52am
Subject: Re: Two questions on Gaggia Platinum Vision
 

I probably should have waited until I had the machine in house to ask the question...  The double espresso option simply pulls a single shot, flushes the puck and pulls a second.  The e plus system just shortens or lengthens the time it takes to pull the shot.  Is a great way to fine tune based on fineness of the grind.

I know most of you as purists scoff at the super automatic machines, but the drinks this thing makes are out of this world.  The crema is fantastic and grind is incredibly uniform.  Very happy with my investment!
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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2012, 6:22am
Subject: Re: Two questions on Gaggia Platinum Vision
 

the e plus will make a longer pre infusion. . what I woud do is set it for max grinds I think on this it's 10.5g and set water for 1.5 oz. I got a measuring glass and set it manually otherwise I think preset is 3 oz per shot. The main problem with this super auto are the grind settings (only 3) if you ajust it finer or more coarse make sure the grider is empty and moving otherwise it will break. I found if you ajust grind size either way you will find your shots failing more often. I've had mine for 3 yrs now. if anything goes bad for example like a gasket on your water line, you cant service it your self.
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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2012, 7:56am
Subject: Re: Two questions on Gaggia Platinum Vision
 

On the one hand . . .

Shiltsy Said:

I know most of you as purists scoff at the super automatic machines, but the drinks this thing makes are out of this world.  The crema is fantastic and grind is incredibly uniform.  Very happy with my investment!

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Nothing is more important that this!  Congratulations -- glad you're happy with it.  Honest.

On the other hand . . . if you ever want to take the metaphorical blinders off, come by my house, and I'll happily make you a real espresso.  ;^)

 
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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2012, 12:55pm
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Are you sure e plus adjusts the pre infusion?  I thought that was the "prebrewing" function under the customization menu?
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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2012, 8:00pm
Subject: Re: Two questions on Gaggia Platinum Vision
 

yes it just restricts the water flow to alow a longer pre infusion. I tore apart the (I guess you would call it the group head) and you can see it slide half way closed when all the way on. you should have seen all the gunk I got out of it after the first year. it's good to move the e plus back and forth once in a while to keep it loose. if you look for a web site called parts guru they have the skimatics posted you can see every part and it's placement.
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