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Noodle
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Posted Sat Nov 23, 2013, 9:13pm
Subject: Just got a Gaggia Classic but have a couple of questions
 

Hi all.  We just picked up a Gaggia Classic for our house after our Starbucks Sirena kicked the bucket after 4 years of use (Pump runs but nothing comes out. Leakes sometimes from the wand)

Anyway so far we love it and are very happy to have a machine at home again.  One big gripe though is how much of a pain it seems to get the frothing pitcher under the wand and then back out without almost spilling the contents.  Does anyone sell a riser of sorts or know something that will fit under the machine that would not only raise it up but also possibly have storage for accessories and such?

Has anyone made something themselves for this use?  Possibly looking at getting the Auber pre-infusion kit at some point in the future.

This is the frothing pitcher we have and it's not really all that big. Click Here (www.amazon.com)

Thanks
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Whitcoatsyndrom
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Posted Sat Nov 23, 2013, 9:21pm
Subject: Re: Just got a Gaggia Classic but have a couple of questions
 

Welcome to the forums!  There is a lot to say about your questions but my best recommendation is to first use the search function on the forum...you'll find a ton of information regarding your problem.
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Noodle
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Posted Sat Nov 23, 2013, 9:25pm
Subject: Re: Just got a Gaggia Classic but have a couple of questions
 

Whitcoatsyndrom Said:

Welcome to the forums!  There is a lot to say about your questions but my best recommendation is to first use the search function on the forum...you'll find a ton of information regarding your problem.

Posted November 23, 2013 link

thanks.  I have been reading a ton however for what I'm looking for I'm not quite sure what keywords to search for.  Gaggia Classic storage? riser? lift?  That's one of the issues I'm having.
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D4F
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic PID
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Posted Sat Nov 23, 2013, 9:29pm
Subject: Re: Just got a Gaggia Classic but have a couple of questions
 

I think that the best answer is below

http://www.espressoparts.com/R_1054?&search_id=2277092

It is a very simple and quick change and is about 1 - 1.5" shorter IIRC.  Most Gaggia owners get this sooner of later, sooner is better :)

PARTSSHIPFREE on that site so see details.

 
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Posted Sat Nov 23, 2013, 9:33pm
Subject: Re: Just got a Gaggia Classic but have a couple of questions
 

Something like this could raise the height and your grinder could also sit on it.

Click Here (www.espressozone.com)

Click Here (www.amazon.com)

But, get the wand :)

Auber PID, yes!  Preinfusion on the PID, probably not.

And most important reading

http://www.frcndigital.com/coffee/Coffee.html

    12 - EASY GUIDE TO BETTER ESPRESSO AT HOME

 
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Noodle
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Posted Sat Nov 23, 2013, 9:41pm
Subject: Re: Just got a Gaggia Classic but have a couple of questions
 

D4F Said:

Something like this could raise the height and your grinder could also sit on it.

Click Here (www.espressozone.com)

Click Here (www.amazon.com)

But, get the wand :)

Auber PID, yes!  Preinfusion on the PID, probably not.

Posted November 23, 2013 link

Thanks for the tips D4F.  I did already order the Silvia wand and if preinfusion is not really needed then I'll probably just get the steam PID
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D4F
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Posted Sat Nov 23, 2013, 9:47pm
Subject: Re: Just got a Gaggia Classic but have a couple of questions
 

If you get the PID kit, you still install it.  DIY and you make up the wiring as well which involves soldering or crimping but saves money and opens other options.  Below a long thread, about 15 pages of PID controller temperature control and about 15 pages of going through an install.  You might look before you order anything.

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

 
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D4F
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic PID
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Posted Sat Nov 23, 2013, 9:58pm
Subject: Re: Just got a Gaggia Classic but have a couple of questions
 

I should add a little reality as well.  Before you spend money on a PID, and I recommend that, you likely need a grinder.  Are you using perfect crema basket or the regular non-pressurized double?  A place to start is this thread below and then search your grinder.

http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machines/400916

Espresso is all about the grinder, much more than the machine or a PID controller.  As is said, "Grinder, Grinder, Grinder..." :)

Now you have been welcomed to the forum :)

 
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Noodle
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Sat Nov 23, 2013, 10:27pm
Subject: Re: Just got a Gaggia Classic but have a couple of questions
 

D4F Said:

I should add a little reality as well.  Before you spend money on a PID, and I recommend that, you likely need a grinder.  Are you using perfect crema basket or the regular non-pressurized double?  A place to start is this thread below and then search your grinder.

http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machines/400916

Espresso is all about the grinder, much more than the machine or a PID controller.  As is said, "Grinder, Grinder, Grinder..." :)

Now you have been welcomed to the forum :)

Posted November 23, 2013 link

Right now we have the Capresso Infinity burr grinder that is mentioned first in the thread you linked :-)  I'm not planning on adding a PID just yet, I have just been doing some reading on them.  I have yet to use the perfect crema basket yet and am just using the non-pressureized at the moment since that is all I'm used to having used before.
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