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mmccarthy

Member since Oct 2008 • Last active Jan 2021

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    "Boris and Arlene sitting in a magic money tree..."

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    Wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing some Boris Johnson statues in West Belfast at this rate ;)

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    I remember you posting a similar cool looking 60s/70s lever machine that was also ultimately not all that useful for daily use. What was that one again? As far as I recall it was almost hourglass shape, with the lever almost looking like one from a one-armed bandit.

    Edit: Found it, a La Peppina:

    Also found a 1950s Cafelat Robot during my search, the Faema Baby:

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    Aldo agree with Mick's comment about spending more time cleaning a Classic than actually using it...

    To be fair, I would say that's not specifically a Gaggia Classic issue, just something you'll have to deal with with a pump driven home espresso machine in general. Probably wouldn't be enough of a downside for me to suggest a lever machine to a complete beginner, but it is something to consider.

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    I've never sausage a terrible pun.

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    Sounds like you need to buy yourself a lever machine!

    Also not having to worry about back-pressure and the associated cleaning is great for home use. Especially if you're only doing one or two shots per day. Think I spent more time cleaning my Classic than making coffee with it.

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    Looks great! One of the trickier aspects of working with lever machines (IMO) is that all the modern advice seems to be centred around your larger doses/portafilters. When I first got my La Pavoni I was somehow cramming in around 16-17g despite it only being a 51mm basket.

    Getting much better results now with 14-15g but I must say I do miss having a larger espresso to drink! Though if you were to pop a 58mm group/basket in there, you'd need around 30% more force going through the lever. So I can see why they stick with the smaller portafilters.

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    I think I put over 400 hours in in the first year I got it, so damn addictive. Definitely got that 'just one more game' appeal. Hadn't played it for 4 years or so before I picked up the Switch and saw it was free. Definitely a relatively decent implementation of free-to-play too.

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    Sounds like you're on the right track at least! I remember going round to a friend's house to get their new Classic dialled in and had a similar lack of attention on the amount of coffee I was consuming. Got to sleep around 4/5am as far as I recall...

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    Jedward are looking a bit rough these days

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