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greeeeb
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 8:41pm
Subject: New old unused Espresso Machine produce "salt-like" with espresso
 

Hi Folks,

I just got a Gran Gaggia from the 1990's. It is unopened.

I started the machine without coffee to test the water quality coming out of the machine. I found that it produces "salt-like" things in the water.
It reduces with multiple trials. But, I would like to know if it is OK with old unused machine. I need to know in order to be able to test the espresso shots and the coffee beans I have properly.


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Posted Sat Jan 11, 2014, 11:14am
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Put Gaggia in the title and see if that helps you get noticed by the people that know them.  I think they have an aluminium boiler and that had moisture in it and the salt is minerals leeched out of the metal.

 
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Posted Sat Jan 11, 2014, 11:18am
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Thanks. If that is the case, then I think it should disappear after time?

The taste of espresso is still burn-like. I just bought different espresso blend to test it.




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Posted Sat Jan 11, 2014, 12:13pm
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Burnt could be the beans, it could be the temp.  Buy some beans local that you can taste in the store so you have an idea what it tastes like.  Then work to get close to that.  You have to learn your machine to get the same temp every pull. It is called temp surfing.  Try searching for videos on that.

 
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