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Is this a pressurized or non-pressurized filter basket?
This is not a pressurized basket and does not require the use of the black two way pin on the Gaggia machine.
will this filter basket fit my Gaggia Espresso Color?
If not, what size do I need?
The basket you've linked to is a 58mm pod/single shot basket and will work just fine with your machine's 58mm portafilter.
I can't get pods to work at all with my Gaggia Baby. I use Lavazza ESE pods. I can't see any logo on the pods, so I assume it doesn't matter which side is up. I use the single-shot pressurized basket and I make sure I have the defuser in the portafilter. I give the portafilter an extra tug to lock it tight. However, when I start brewing, nothing comes out. I can run it for minutes and I don't get a single drop of espresso. I have tried to turn the pod over, but still nothing happens. What on earth can I be doing wrong? It works perfectly fine with ground coffe in the baskets.
Apparently I hadn't tested the single-shot basket at all before, since it didn't work with ground coffee or even empty. The little hole was clogged. A thin needle did the trick and now it works perfectly.
I'm glad to hear this worked out for you! The fact that this basket relies on the single hole at the center for dispensing coffee means that while it's uncommon for anything to get through the upper filter, something of just the right shape and size could potentially cause trouble.
I purchased this basket and I used with the suggested quantity of about 7 grams.
The problem is that using the 58mm tamper it seems that I don't tamp properly in the center.
Do I have to use a smaller tamper?
Stefano - we have many tampers available in different sizes. Click on the link below:
I also purchased the single basket and my 58mm tamper bottoms out. I think I read that you need to step down to a smaller size on one of the message boards. BTW, I have found that I don't even want to use the single any more after I got used to caps and lattes made the right way with a doubleshot and 8oz steamed milk poured into a standard US 10oz coffee cup. Using the single makes my drink too weak.
Are you using and convex or flat tamper? I wonder if a convex would work better for a single shot basket.
I assume that this particular item is a traditional (i.e. non-pressurized) single shot basket. Do traditional filter baskets generally produce better brew than pressurized ones?
Good question. This is a non pressurized basket. If you have the correct grind a traditional basket like this can give you a better shot. You do need to make sure you have a grinder that will give you the ability to follow the golden rule ( http://www.wholelattelove.com/articles/the_golden_rule.cfm ). Generally speaking a grinder that is in the 200 dollar and above range. The nice thing about a pressurized basket is it can help you get a good shot where the grind may not be just right. I hope this helps.