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I tried 3 packets of Cleancaf to descale my Gaggia espresso maker. It still only trickles/drips out. Is there any thing else to try before throwing it away? Thanks, Jim

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I don't know what model you have but you can remove the screen and screw in the head ( I am assuming that the problem is at the grouphead), and make sure the screen is clean, if the screen is clean then remove the diffuser and clean it as well. Use the drawing below, it might be different from the model you have, but the head is usually the same.I tried 3 packets of - esworld_1.jpg

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