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D4F
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Joined: 15 Mar 2012
Posts: 2,015
Location: USA
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic PID
Grinder: Baratza Forte-AP
Posted Sun Dec 16, 2012, 1:52pm
Subject: Re: Considering an upgrade from Gaggia Coffee de luxe
 

The Gaggia is very easy to adjust for pressure and the Silvia wand easy to install.  Perhaps between 30 - 60 minutes together.  The wand is here

http://www.espressoparts.com/R_1054?&search_id=1967595  with free shipping

You probably would eand to make a pressure device to attach to the PF.  A couple of fittings and a gauge.  The most difficult part is removing the PF spout.  You need a good vice, not just vice grips.

The Gaggia small boiler can be useful as it heats very quickly.  You can learn some temperature stability by surfing, or PID, on either.  Both surfing and PID are in the following, with videos.

http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machinemods/571792

You are probably fine with either machine.

 
D4F also at
http://www.gaggiausersgroup.com/
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artmanr
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Joined: 15 Nov 2008
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Location: Chicago
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Coffee Deluxe, Gran...
Grinder: Baratza Virtuoso, Baratza...
Posted Sun Dec 16, 2012, 4:40pm
Subject: Re: Considering an upgrade from Gaggia Coffee de luxe
 

Thanks for the advice.  Still not sure, but leaning back to the Gaggia; 1) because I already have one (Coffee Deluxe) and I like the portafilter heft and feel.  2) It's a well known entity with parts and modification information readily available.  3) It looks like the Lelit doesn't really have a pour over water tank.  The photos show a bottle like reservoir which requires the tubes to be removed to pour in fresh water.  

But, I'd still like to hear from other members.  Gaggia Classic vs. LeLit?  

Please keep the advice going!!

Art
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