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? Am I trying to use coffee ground TOO FINE

Hi, I am having problems using my classic Gaggia, and let me tell you, it pumps water FINE. However, when I load coffee (ground to a #4 on standard commercial grinders) it does not appear to be able to pump through coffee this fine; it just slowly oozes and drips but eventually gets there. When I look at the grounds, they have the consistency of MUD. I am uncertain as to how fine you can grind coffee, obviously there appears to be limitation. matthew.schwartz@gmail.com

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  • MattGaggia Nov 09, 2008

    It also appears that the filter screen was somewhat clogged and I opened up the tiny holes a bit more with a needle.

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The grind setting on machines are not standard. Your grind is far to fine. On the Gaggia grinders the setting of 4 works well for Espresso and 8 for regular drip. I suggest you buy a small amount of 5 and 6 for espresso to test. Be carefull that the grind is not too course as you will have very little crema on your espresso. I always switch my machine on and let it warm up for about 10 minutes as this improves the crema.

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On my Gaggia Machine I use an Gaggia MDF Grinder on 8 or 9 setting for the best flow. I only use as low as 4 with my Presso Manual Machine

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