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Topic: new owner of a Gaggia Espresso (6 msgs / 144 lines)
1) From: Dennis Reeder
I bought a used Gaggia Espresso on eBay yesterday.
This will be my first espresso machine......we are not counting the  
little white toy from Krups.
I am hoping that after my research into 'reasonably priced' machines  
that the Gaggia will be ok.  Also hoping that $75 was sort of a  
deal.  Have a feeling I will probably have to splurge on a newer burr  
grinder.  My current grinder is ok for drip but probably not adequate  
for the Gaggia.
Following Tom's suggestions I thought I would perhaps start with some  
Illy as I learn how to use the Gaggia.   Any recommendations on which  
Illy to purchase?  What about pods?  Seems to me that I would be  
better off buying ground and learn how to tamp.
Thanks
Denny

2) From: Brent - SC/TO Roasting
Denny,
Congratulations!  The recommendations I've seen say to use Illy Espresso =
for
training.  You'll do yourself a favor by learning to tamp (it'll lower =
the
learning curve when upgrade fever hits!).  Haven't tried pods.  But by =
the
time you get them to use, the preground coffee has been setting around =
for
who knows how long.  Definitely not the same freshness of =
buying/grinding
from a local roaster.
Let us know how it goes.
Brent
Roasting in an SC/TO
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3) From: French Lewis
Dennis,
Congratulations on the Gaggia.   $75 is about 38% of
the price Tom sells the Gaggia Espresso machine for,
so in my scale of a good deal (pay not more than 40%
of retail on eBay) you scored a good deal.   I would
recommend any of the Illy preground tins to learn how
to tamp, then to put your saved money into a grinder. 
 I'm sure the 'Jedi masters' on the list will agree
that "the espresso machine is an accessory to the
grinder, not the other way around".   My apologies to
everyone who uses this as their signature line.
That being said, I have a Gaggia MDF grinder which I
got for $200 from a local Gaggia dealer.   While not a
Mazzer, this grinder does the job for espresso (in my
opinion).
Good luck,
French
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4) From: Colin Dimacali
I'm contemplating on what to ask for on the next gift-giving day. I tried t=
o 
pull one for fathers day but my wife did not bite as she is only 8 weeks 
pregnant at the time. I have a drip machine, a SwissGold one cup brewer and=
 
a Cory Vacpot skipping the manual pour-over gadgets. Espresso seems to be=
 
the next logical (if you can call it that) step in my coffee journey, 
skipping the moka and the press pot stages. So I'm thinking on asking for a=
 
used Gaggia Espresso.
 My question is not regarding the machine, it is about the grinder. I own a=
 
Capresso Infinity grinder and an Armin Trosser manual at work. Any of the=
 
two sufficient to be used with the Gaggia Espresso or any espresso machines=
 
for that matter?
 Thinking about taking the plunge.
Colin 
 On 7/7/05, French Lewis  wrote: 
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5) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
Dennis,
     Looks like you did well a three year old machine that has hardly  
been used.  Owner probably found it not worth while because he made  
espresso with bad and stale coffee.  My first three espresso machines  
were Gaggias.  The problems I kept having was that the aluminum  
boilers kept springing leaks.   Like you, I got mine
at bargain prices and even though I have upgraded to Ms. Silvia, I  
don't regret my time with the Gaggias.
        Jim
On Jul 7, 2005, at 7:29 AM, Dennis Reeder wrote:
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6) From: Edward Spiegel
At 6:11 AM -0700 7/7/05, French Lewis wrote:
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The MDF is a very good grinder. Very similar to the Rocky (indistinguishable in terms of grind quality) except that its doser is kind of a pain. I have had one for 15 years and been very happy with it.
I believe that Illy's pods are really only for machines designed to take them.
An alternative to an expensive grinder (the Gaggia MDF is pretty much the cheapest powered grinder that will give both good quality espresso grind AND last for years -- the Solis Maestro's burrs --the cheapest powered grinder that I know of that gives good espresso grind --wear out after a year or less of espresso grinding).
The Zassenhaus hand mills do a good job for espresso if you don't mind hand cranking.
--E


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