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Date: 23 Sep 2006 15:43:14
From: Timothy Douma
Subject: gaggia espresso steam
I just picked up an older Gaggia Espresso, perhaps sold through Dak.
The steam wand has an intake hole hear the top. It appears that
the wand is one piece. I understand that the Espresso has probably been
through a few different iterations. My question is:

Can this wand in fact be taken apart? I'm good without any 'enhancers'.
Failing that, any good tips on how to get some decent foam? I get big
bubbles almost immediately no matter how or where I place the pitcher.

thanks

td




 
Date: 26 Sep 2006 15:53:33
From: daveb
Subject: Re: gaggia espresso steam
We are mostly stumped


dave
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Timothy Douma wrote:
> Robert Harmon wrote:
> > Timothy Douma <doumafam@ameritech.net> wrote in news:mCcRg.14661$IA.5502
> > @newssvr11.news.prodigy.com:
> >
> >
> >>I just picked up an older Gaggia Espresso, perhaps sold through Dak.
> >> The steam wand has an intake hole hear the top. It appears that
> >>the wand is one piece. I understand that the Espresso has probably been
> >>through a few different iterations. My question is:
> >>
> >>Can this wand in fact be taken apart? I'm good without any 'enhancers'.
> >> Failing that, any good tips on how to get some decent foam? I get big
> >>bubbles almost immediately no matter how or where I place the pitcher.
> >>
> >>thanks
> >>
> >>td
> >>
> >
> >
> > I looked at the pics you sent me & I've never seen that steam wand before.
> > Just curious, how many switches does this machine have, one or two & how
> > tall is it? I ask because there is an Espresso with two switches that I've
> > never had on my workbench.
> >
> > Robert Harmon
> It has three switches. On/off; steam; brew. The switches light up
> when you throw them. It doesn't appear to be in anyway related to a
> thermostat or a "ready" type indicator.
>
> The espresso is equal to what I pull on my classic, so no complaints
> there. I'm just trying to figure out this steaming thing.
>
> thanks for the help
>
> tim



 
Date: 24 Sep 2006 15:51:36
From: Robert Harmon
Subject: Re: gaggia espresso steam
Timothy Douma <doumafam@ameritech.net > wrote in news:mCcRg.14661$IA.5502
@newssvr11.news.prodigy.com:

> I just picked up an older Gaggia Espresso, perhaps sold through Dak.
> The steam wand has an intake hole hear the top. It appears that
> the wand is one piece. I understand that the Espresso has probably been
> through a few different iterations. My question is:
>
> Can this wand in fact be taken apart? I'm good without any 'enhancers'.
> Failing that, any good tips on how to get some decent foam? I get big
> bubbles almost immediately no matter how or where I place the pitcher.
>
> thanks
>
> td
>

I looked at the pics you sent me & I've never seen that steam wand before.
Just curious, how many switches does this machine have, one or two & how
tall is it? I ask because there is an Espresso with two switches that I've
never had on my workbench.

Robert Harmon
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Date: 25 Sep 2006 01:38:51
From: Timothy Douma
Subject: Re: gaggia espresso steam
Robert Harmon wrote:
> Timothy Douma <doumafam@ameritech.net> wrote in news:mCcRg.14661$IA.5502
> @newssvr11.news.prodigy.com:
>
>
>>I just picked up an older Gaggia Espresso, perhaps sold through Dak.
>> The steam wand has an intake hole hear the top. It appears that
>>the wand is one piece. I understand that the Espresso has probably been
>>through a few different iterations. My question is:
>>
>>Can this wand in fact be taken apart? I'm good without any 'enhancers'.
>> Failing that, any good tips on how to get some decent foam? I get big
>>bubbles almost immediately no matter how or where I place the pitcher.
>>
>>thanks
>>
>>td
>>
>
>
> I looked at the pics you sent me & I've never seen that steam wand before.
> Just curious, how many switches does this machine have, one or two & how
> tall is it? I ask because there is an Espresso with two switches that I've
> never had on my workbench.
>
> Robert Harmon
It has three switches. On/off; steam; brew. The switches light up
when you throw them. It doesn't appear to be in anyway related to a
thermostat or a "ready" type indicator.

The espresso is equal to what I pull on my classic, so no complaints
there. I'm just trying to figure out this steaming thing.

thanks for the help

tim


 
Date: 24 Sep 2006 05:01:50
From: JKevorkian
Subject: Re: gaggia espresso steam
On Sat, 23 Sep 2006 15:43:14 GMT, Timothy Douma <doumafam@ameritech.net > wrote:

>I just picked up an older Gaggia Espresso, perhaps sold through Dak.
> The steam wand has an intake hole hear the top. It appears that
>the wand is one piece. I understand that the Espresso has probably been
>through a few different iterations. My question is:
>
>Can this wand in fact be taken apart? I'm good without any 'enhancers'.
> Failing that, any good tips on how to get some decent foam? I get big
>bubbles almost immediately no matter how or where I place the pitcher.
>
>thanks
>
>td

Just take the outer sleeve off the Gaggia wand and use the nozzle inside,
although it's a but short.
Or, you can get yourself a Saeco panarello wand from WholeLatteLove for 13
bucks. It's much longer and it fits right over the steam pipe without hassle.
Take the outer sleeve off this one too and it works like a champ.


  
Date: 24 Sep 2006 12:09:36
From: Timothy Douma
Subject: Re: gaggia espresso steam
JKevorkian wrote:
> On Sat, 23 Sep 2006 15:43:14 GMT, Timothy Douma <doumafam@ameritech.net> wrote:
>
>
>>I just picked up an older Gaggia Espresso, perhaps sold through Dak.
>> The steam wand has an intake hole hear the top. It appears that
>>the wand is one piece. I understand that the Espresso has probably been
>>through a few different iterations. My question is:
>>
>>Can this wand in fact be taken apart? I'm good without any 'enhancers'.
>> Failing that, any good tips on how to get some decent foam? I get big
>>bubbles almost immediately no matter how or where I place the pitcher.
>>
>>thanks
>>
>>td
>
>
> Just take the outer sleeve off the Gaggia wand and use the nozzle inside,
> although it's a but short.
> Or, you can get yourself a Saeco panarello wand from WholeLatteLove for 13
> bucks. It's much longer and it fits right over the steam pipe without hassle.
> Take the outer sleeve off this one too and it works like a champ.
Thanks to all for the advice. However, it seems this wand is all of one
piece. I know it sounds like I'm mmissing something....but if I am, I
need help to see what I'm missing. I have dis-assembled the wand/sleeve
on my Gaggia Classic and on various Saeco machines, but this one seems
to be of one piece. If anyone is willing, I could send a picture of it.

td


   
Date: 24 Sep 2006 16:12:37
From: Danny
Subject: Re: gaggia espresso steam
Timothy Douma wrote:

> Thanks to all for the advice. However, it seems this wand is all of one
> piece. I know it sounds like I'm mmissing something....but if I am, I
> need help to see what I'm missing. I have dis-assembled the wand/sleeve
> on my Gaggia Classic and on various Saeco machines, but this one seems
> to be of one piece. If anyone is willing, I could send a picture of it.
>
> td

Post pics to alt.binaries.coffee


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Date: 26 Sep 2006 20:52:36
From: Timothy Douma
Subject: Re: gaggia espresso steam
Danny wrote:
> Timothy Douma wrote:
>
>> Thanks to all for the advice. However, it seems this wand is all of
>> one piece. I know it sounds like I'm mmissing something....but if I
>> am, I need help to see what I'm missing. I have dis-assembled the
>> wand/sleeve on my Gaggia Classic and on various Saeco machines, but
>> this one seems to be of one piece. If anyone is willing, I could send
>> a picture of it.
>>
>> td
>
>
> Post pics to alt.binaries.coffee
>
>
Posting today.

Thanks
td


     
Date: 27 Sep 2006 09:24:18
From: Danny
Subject: Re: gaggia espresso steam
Timothy Douma wrote:

> Posting today.
>
> Thanks
> td

Sorry, not familiar with anything like that wand. What is at the
bottom - just a large hole?


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Regards, Danny

http://www.gaggia-espresso.com (a purely hobby site)
http://www.malabargold.co.uk (UK/EU ordering for Malabar Gold blend)



      
Date: 27 Sep 2006 23:43:17
From: Timothy Douma
Subject: Re: gaggia espresso steam
Danny wrote:
> Timothy Douma wrote:
>
>> Posting today.
>>
>> Thanks
>> td
>
>
> Sorry, not familiar with anything like that wand. What is at the bottom
> - just a large hole?
>
>
yes. the air intake is a small hole at the top, bottom is just a round
hole,.


       
Date: 28 Sep 2006 13:29:20
From: Danny
Subject: Re: gaggia espresso steam
Timothy Douma wrote:
> Danny wrote:
>
>> Timothy Douma wrote:
>>
>>> Posting today.
>>>
>>> Thanks
>>> td
>>
>>
>>
>> Sorry, not familiar with anything like that wand. What is at the
>> bottom - just a large hole?
>>
>>
> yes. the air intake is a small hole at the top, bottom is just a round
> hole,.

I'd be looking at replacing the steam arm with another - should be
just a screw on part...

--
Regards, Danny

http://www.gaggia-espresso.com (a purely hobby site)
http://www.malabargold.co.uk (UK/EU ordering for Malabar Gold blend)



 
Date: 23 Sep 2006 14:33:43
From: daveb
Subject: gaggia steam -- sleeve.
Yes, pull the outer sleeve off.

It may be stuck on with crud.

then, you will have the wand with out the "enhancer"

regards,

Dave
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Saeco / Gaggia service SE

Timothy Douma wrote:
> I just picked up an older Gaggia Espresso, perhaps sold through Dak.
> The steam wand has an intake hole hear the top. It appears that
> the wand is one piece. I understand that the Espresso has probably been
> through a few different iterations. My question is:
>
> Can this wand in fact be taken apart? I'm good without any 'enhancers'.
> Failing that, any good tips on how to get some decent foam? I get big
> bubbles almost immediately no matter how or where I place the pitcher.
>
> thanks
>
> td



 
Date: 23 Sep 2006 16:03:06
From: Robert Harmon
Subject: Re: gaggia espresso steam
It's difficult to assist you with so little info. You're right, the Espresso
has been equipped with three different steam 'enhancers' that I know of. I
use an Espresso myself & ended up tossing the entire steam wand &
fabricating my own from chrome plated copper tubing I picked up at a
plumbing supply house. I removed the steam valve & took everything with me
and they helped me get the parts I needed (they even had a conversion
fitting to convert the English fittings to our standard. It took maybe (at
the most) two hours to put it all back together. One thing I've done since
is purchase a few copper caps to fit on the end of the wand. I drilled one
with an .032 (1/32) bit & had it chromed and then I silver soldered it in
place. I've since opened it up to an .065 (1/16) hole & it produced perfect
steam.

Oh, and to actually answer your original question, just remove the
'enhancer' & you'll get much better results. You'll also have a fairly short
steam wand, which is why I felt the need to mod my machine.
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"Timothy Douma" <doumafam@ameritech.net > wrote in message
news:mCcRg.14661$IA.5502@newssvr11.news.prodigy.com...
>I just picked up an older Gaggia Espresso, perhaps sold through Dak. The
>steam wand has an intake hole hear the top. It appears that the wand is
>one piece. I understand that the Espresso has probably been through a few
>different iterations. My question is:
>
> Can this wand in fact be taken apart? I'm good without any 'enhancers'.
> Failing that, any good tips on how to get some decent foam? I get big
> bubbles almost immediately no matter how or where I place the pitcher.
>
> thanks
>
> td