Question about Gaggia Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Weak Coffee
I don't have any first-hand experience with this brand. However, it sounds like the coffee grounds are being partially bypassed by the hot water.
One clue that will help diagnose this is: does the carafe fill up to the amount of water that was in the reservoir? If not, that suggests not all the water is being cycled through.
See if the reservoir is completely empty at the end of the brew cycle. Look for any coffee-colored water in the reservoir at the end of the cycle. That would indicate, to me, a defective feed valve in the water path.
Posted on Apr 01, 2008
SOURCE: Farberware superfast perculator
Thanks for letting us know that there was no solution other than one I would have to come up with entirely on my own. My dad who is old school wouldn't let me give up so we took the thing apart and it was an easy fix. Take the 5/16 nut off the bottom. Pull the slide pins off the thermostat. Take the philips screw out of the support holding the thermostat in place. Use a sharp pointed knife and with the silver Aluminum cap flat on the bench, make a slice on one edge. Use the knife to pull the edge away from the plastic housing and the cap will pop off. Be careful not to loose the small piece of ceramic that lies in a small whole on top of the contact. Use a sharp knife to clean the contacts and check with an ohms meter or continuity light. If it makes a good contact, put it back together. It took my dad and me about 10 minutes to do the entire job. We looked for a part for 20 minutes. Good luck. Rick and Adam Schmitt of Maryland.
Posted on May 04, 2008
SOURCE: watery coffee
Sounds like you're not packing the coffee tightly enough into the unit. You've got to tamp it quite tightly...that's why the pumps are so strong. Each 'atmosphere' is 15 pounds of pressure. My son also likes to make his by doing two double loads to get one espresso cup.
Posted on May 09, 2008
SOURCE: watery tasting coffee
Have you tried cleaning it with the 64 ounces of white vinegar?
Read your booklet if you still have it. Pour the vinegar in run it through until it ask for more water to be added and just let it sit overnight or at least 8 hours. Then flush it out with fresh water at least two or three of your water tanks should do it. Then give it a try again.
Just a suggestion if you haven't tried that yet. Hope it helps.
Posted on Jul 23, 2008
Basing on personal experience (you can find more on Google probably), solutions are:
On percolated (filter) coffee machines:
Check water temp, if water temp is insufficient , most common is scale heating element , faulty element, faulty thermostat.
Check if water is dripping right at the center of the filter, if it is dripping on one side because the orifice is clogged, that can result in weak coffee.
Coffee blend not well distributed on filter basket.
On Espresso machines:
Check water temp, same as filter coffee machines (thermostat element, scale on heating chamber).
Ensure that coffee is filled correctly in the filter cup (fill at level), and well pressed.
Ensure that the coffee mixture that you are using is not too coarse, buy the apposite one for espresso.
Ensure that you are not leaving the machine brewing for a time that is too long, and Italian coffee cup is very small, approximately one regular shot.
On the hob moka pots (espresso, Moka and Bialetti type):
This are the trickiest ones, you need art and practice to get a good espresso with a Moka, but when you learn, the result is better than what you may get with an home electrical espresso maker.
The frame on the hob must be not too strong, and the mixture coarse but well pressed, with water at level tag, or you will get a weak coffee.
On Mokas a good strategy is keeping hob at minimum, and turning up the flame at top when coffee starts coming out.
French and turkish cafetieres:
Ensure that you put enough coffee, water hot enough, and that you left the infusion enough time to get a strong coffee.
Note: insufficient pressure and clogged lines on electric machines never give you a weak coffee, exactly the opposite.
Not pressed mixture always gives weak coffee, but too much pressed mixture may give you coffee with bad taste.
Posted on May 22, 2009
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