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simion
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Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 2:21pm
Subject: Gaggia Classic accesories
 

Hello,

I've been lurking around the forums for a while now and finally decided i'll go for a Gaggia Classic (which ironically in England it is currently cheaper than a new baby). I've read the sticky post, and it says to save up to $100 for the accesories. What would these accessories consist of apart from the tamper, knockout box, and pitcher?
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D4F
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic PID
Grinder: Baratza Forte-AP
Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 3:24pm
Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic accesories
 

Welcome to CG.

Some would say that the machine is an accessory to a grinder, but you need an espresso capable grinder.  Capable by Geek standards, not company reviews.

You will want a Silvia V1 steam wand.  In the US we get a regular double, not pressurized "perfect crema" basket included with the machine, along with double and single pressurized.  If you do not get one, you need that.

Not immediate but you will need/want PID.

 
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simion
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Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 5:57pm
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Brilliant, thank you! I've been looking around a bit more tonight and I'll definitely get the wand as id love to practice my latte art with it

Seems like I will be set for the moment then and get additional things later. Will have to research into the "mods" I keep seeing on the site.
Speaking about the grinder, I quickly found out that I was ridiculously limited to my choice being in the UK. Most grinders I see on the forums I can't even find here (on the web). Therefore I will get a lower end burr grinder and close in the burr to get a finer grind, which most people feel happy with
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D4F
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic PID
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Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 7:07pm
Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic accesories
 

Research that very carefully.  Without a very finely adjustable grinder, fine grind is not enough. Research your grinder choice and mods as to adjustability.

Have fun :)

 
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dwRK
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Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 8:05pm
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hi and welcome...i think you are slightly mistaken...you have lots of grinder choices in the uk...

the only thing is the names are different because the importers rebadge and call them differently...

may i suggest you go ebay.co.uk and try these for starters...commercial coffee grinder...fracino

if you search for espresso grinder in the uk...almost nothing comes up...because there is no such thing as espresso grinder :)
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simion
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Posted Fri Jan 24, 2014, 2:17am
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Thanks for the tips guys! Admittedly, I have only been referring to eBay to cross check the prices of whatever I could find on Amazon & co, where I couldn't find much on the searched of "coffee bean grinder", "coffee grinder" and so
Will re-evaluate and order soon

Thanks,
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