Question about Gaggia Syncrony Compact Coffee Maker/Espresso Machine
My machine is taking too long to grind the coffee. Once it has the flow of coffee is much slower and the taste isn't what it used to be.
Your machine has a grinder assembly, a Very expensive part to replace in its entirety. What is happening is that the conical burr set, consisting of the two metal-to-metal grinding surfaces that actually grind the beans, is now worn. Instead of grinding the beans as it once did, resulting in the proper coarseness to make perfect coffee, it is now pulverizing them instead, making the shot too fine and powdery. The result is a long, slow drip-drip-drip instead of the classic crema-rich stream you miss so much.
The cure for this of course, is to replace the conical burr set. If you're a geeky type and can handle a regular screwdriver and a finer precision phillips head, and you can get your hands on a #10 Torx drive screwdriver as well to replace the lower half of the set, the parts are available for around $42 from partsguru.com. If this is beyond your skill-set, it will cost you $95 for a diagnostic (preliminary "bend-you-over" fee), then they will charge you for the entire grider-assembly brand new, approximately $175, plus labor calculated at a Bazillion-dollars per hour. I was quoted a total around $400, with a few days turnaround time... then decided to tackle the job myself, and found it kinda fun. But then I'm a geek.
Please feel free to email me for the step-by-step procedure. It's kinda techy, but most people with the "guy-gene" in their DNA can handle it... especially at a saving of over $300!
Posted on Nov 02, 2008
Get a service. Needs decal and the grinder cleaned
Posted on Apr 10, 2008
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