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Topic: Gaggia "Coffee" espresso machine (18 msgs / 352 lines)
1) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
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Hi all,
	Ok I am going to the dark side shortly I am getting a Gaggia
"Coffee" espresso machine for christmas from a very generous list
member.  Who all has one and do they have any tips/tricks for me and
(yes Les I'll be getting a tamper soon.) speaking of that if I can only
get one tamper should I get a ridgeline or classic thor? 
Dennis 

2) From: Jack Rogers
Dennis, is this the "old" Coffee with the steam knob on front, or is it one of the more current ones?
As for tampers, I prefer a metal one myself...admittedly, I have not used a wooden tamper.
Jack
On Mon, November 19, 2007 5:38 am, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote:
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3) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
I don't know, yet(if it is the old or new~actually I didn't know there
were more than one version)... It is in-transit right now, as soon as I
get it I'd be able to say... 
Dennis

4) From: Barry Luterman
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Gaggia "Coffee" espresso machineNo brainer go for the Ridgeline see my =
review of it in the Archives

5) From: Zara Haimo
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Gaggia "Coffee" espresso machineI have 2 of the original Thors and got a =
Ridgeline recently.  The 2 original ones now decorate the jars where my =
beans are stored.  The Ridgeline gives perfect tamps shot after shot and =
is the only tamper I use now.  Mine is myrtlewood with a black corian =
base.

6) From: Ian Gowen
WARNING: this will void your warranty. I take no responsibility if you  =
destroy your machine.
I have a Gaggia Coffee Deluxe, which should be similar to the Coffee,  =
and I replaced its steam wand with one from a Silvia(I got mine from  
Espresso Parts for about $20). It was incredibly easy- all I had to do  =
was sand down the end of wand a bit so it would fit, and replace the  
Silvia nut with the one from the removed Gaggia wand. I highly  
recommend it; the difference in frothing capability is phenomenal.
Again, if you do this, your warranty will most certainly be void.
cheers
-Ian
On Nov 19, 2007, at 3:38 AM, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote:
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7) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
Ian,
	can I get a picture, trying to understand what you are
decribing....
Thanks! Not too worried about a warranty since it is a used machine.
Dennis

8) From: Ian Gowen
Dennis,
Sure thing, I'll take a few shots of it when I get home tonight.
cheers
-Ian
On Nov 20, 2007 3:46 AM, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
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9) From: Howell Ite
I also did the Sylvia steam wand mod and it works much better.
   
  Paul Andres
Ian Gowen  wrote:
  WARNING: this will void your warranty. I take no responsibility if you 
destroy your machine.
I have a Gaggia Coffee Deluxe, which should be similar to the Coffee, 
and I replaced its steam wand with one from a Silvia(I got mine from 
Espresso Parts for about $20). It was incredibly easy- all I had to do 
was sand down the end of wand a bit so it would fit, and replace the 
Silvia nut with the one from the removed Gaggia wand. I highly 
recommend it; the difference in frothing capability is phenomenal.
Again, if you do this, your warranty will most certainly be void.
cheers
-Ian
On Nov 19, 2007, at 3:38 AM, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote:
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10) From: Ian Gowen
Here are the photos:http://www.flickr.com/photos/igowen/2050869465/The part of the wand that you can't see(i.e., the part behind the nut)">http://www.flickr.com/photos/igowen/2051653524/http://www.flickr.com/photos/igowen/2050869363/http://www.flickr.com/photos/igowen/2050869465/The part of the wand that you can't see(i.e., the part behind the nut)
is what I had to sand down with fine grit sandpaper until it would
fit.
All you have to do is unscrew the nut, remove the wand from the
machine, remove the nut from the original wand, remove the silvia nut,
and put the Gaggia nut on the new wand. I had to straighten the Gaggia
wand to get the nut off(I used a rubber mallet, since I had no
intention of ever using the original wand again).
The difference, as I said before, is incredible. I had the machine for
about a week before I received the new wand, and it was nearly
impossible to get good microfoam from the stock wand.
cheers
-Ian
On Nov 20, 2007 3:46 AM, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
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11) From: Denis and Marjorie True
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Ok I just got my Machine!!!.. Christmas come early!!!!
the buttons on mine are different (placed horizontal-not vertical like 
yours)
and the steam wand has been striped down and seems to work alright now 
but I will consider changing it out...
thank you for the advice and the great pictures
Dennis
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12) From: Jack M. Rogers
So, does it have the steam knob on the front, or on the angled side?
Jack
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13) From: Denis and Marjorie True
the steam knob is on the side .......
but like I said the buttons are really different than what I can see in 
the pictures Ian posted.  Mine are  Power/Steam/head from left to right.....
Dennis
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14) From: Jack Rogers
Your buttons are probably the same as mine, but the machine is newer than mine.  The reason I
asked about the steam knob is, the older ones had a large boiler and a 3-way solenoid valve.  They
were easily identified by the steam knob on the front, and a stainless steel tube going down into
the drip tray.
Jack
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15) From: Joseph Robertson
Ian,
Do you think this modification would work with the Gaggia Baby?
I can only hope.
Thanks Ian
JoeR
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16) From: Ian Gowen
Hi Joe,
I can't say for sure since I don't have a Gaggia Baby, but it looks
like it has a steam wand that is similar to the Coffee Deluxe. It
might be worth a shot.
cheers
-Ian
On Nov 21, 2007 8:29 PM, Joseph Robertson  wrote:
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17) From: Joseph Robertson
Thanks Ian,
Any tech tweek to improve a machine. Be it Car, Computer, or Coffee machine.
Cheers,
Joe
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18) From: stereoplegic
yes, it will work. i have a Carezza and it works on her too (although i 
either didn't sand enough or tightened the nut too tight, 'cause mine 
doesn't swivel very easily. take off the tip and you can make Americanos 
w/o soaking your counter like the stock Gaggia tip.)
Dennis- if yours is an older model, you should already have a good steam 
wand (and not the plastic crap).
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