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Coffee Machine Group Head Gasket Replacement

The group head gasket sits up in the group head, and provides the seal between the group and the basket lip. The group head gasket may only last about 6 months, as the constant heat causes it to become brittle … Continue reading

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Gaggia Professional (Pro) and Domestic Portafilters

We are often asked if commercial portafilter handles can be used in Gaggia domestic coffee machines such as the Classic.  The answer is that most often this is possible.  The Classic, Baby and Pharos machines will accept domestic or commercial … Continue reading

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Vibiemme Domobar Internal Photos non-Heatexchanger Version

This is a quick look at the internals of the Vibiemme Domobar espresso machine, the one with the single boiler which you heat up to about 90deC to make your espresso, and then switch it to steam and allow it … Continue reading

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Gaggia Coffee Machine Descaling

You can descale Gaggia coffee machines by filling the water tank and running through descaler solution, but it is far better to remove the boiler so the extent of the scale build up can be seen. Any solution capable of … Continue reading

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Coffee Machine Boiler Explosion

In 2010 a coffee machine ruptured in a supermarket in Hampshire. Luckily nobody was killed, but the picture above does certainly  indicate the level of forces involved and the possible results of safety mechanisms failing to operate. There is an … Continue reading

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Setting up a commercial coffee enterprise?

There is some excellent information on setting up commercial coffee machine installations at Espresso Underground (I am not connected with them in any way).   These guys clearly have a lot of experience in this area, and there are some great … Continue reading

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Gaggia Bottomless Portafilter Woes

If you are trying a bottomless portafilter for the first time, and it pours coffee out everywhere, and you don’t obtain the beautiful coffee flow that you expect, it may not sound like it, but this is good news. The … Continue reading

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Azkoyen Bravo Coffee Machine Programming

To program hold down Prog button (on right touch pad).  The green light next to main power switch will flash. Select the required coffee size/type, then press Stop when desired dose reached (repeat for each button). Tip: have the coffee … Continue reading

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Azkoyen Bravo Pictures and Tour

I’m very please to have picked up an Azkoyen Bravo 1-group for only £67. Listed as spares or repair, if has obviously been dropped in transit at some point as the legs are severely bent, and the chassis panels don’t … Continue reading

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Backflushing the Gaggia TS using a Blind Portafilter Basket

After each time you “pull a shot”, the residual pressure inside the portafilter is released by a solenoid valve, which allows the waste water to flow to the drip tray and prevents you being covered in hot coffee and grounds … Continue reading

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Gaggia TS User Manual Instructions and Spare Parts Diagram PDF

I have been searching all over the web for a free copy of the Gaggia TS spare parts pdf, but there are so many links to sites who want to charge you for someting which should be available for free. … Continue reading

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Gaggia TS Water Tap Rebuild

The Gaggia TS steam and water taps can leak after prolonged use or storage. The good news is that they are easy to rebuilt using only a couple of adjustable spanners.   First pull the control knob straight off.  It … Continue reading

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Gaggia TS Grouphead Diagram

The Gaggia TS grouphead is unusual in that it is electrically heated, with an 80W element inside and a thermostat mounted on the top. Other manufacturers use a group such as the E61, which rely on a thermo-syphon system to … Continue reading

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Gaggia TS Portafilter Dimensions

If you are looking for a replacement portafilter for you Gaggia TS, the good news is that the TS will accept a portafilter with the same dimensions as most other Gaggias. As far as I am aware, Gaggia use two … Continue reading

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Gaggia TS Steaming Milk

Just found this YouTube video on milk steaming with the Gaggia TS:

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Gaggia TS Intermittent Heater Problem

The Gaggia TS was working well, and providing excellent espresso, probably due in part to its electrically heated group head. However, today the boiler heated up to pressure once, and then cooled right down until it was back at zero … Continue reading

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Gaggia TS Wiring Diagram (Corrected)

Below is a corrected version of the Gaggia TS wiring diagram. There changes are to the L and N connections to the IEC inlet, which were transposed in the original drawing, and also to the pump connections where the incoming … Continue reading

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Gaggia TS Over Pressure Valve Modification (OPV)

My Gaggia TS needed a new pump (it uses an Ulka EP5, but I fitted an equivalent Olab pump as I had one in stock).  Great, a quick repair, but I managed to break a small black cap on the … Continue reading

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Gaggi TS Operation and Internal Photos

Here is a description of the operation of the control circuits of the Gaggia TS, in case you think you have a fault. When you first turn on the Gaggia TS, the level control unit flashes the red level light … Continue reading

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