Stupid question alert: how do I remove spout (not sure the right term for it) from my Gaggia portafilter? It seems like it should unscrew, but I can't get it removed.
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Well, I have been brewing espressos for a few weeks now with my new Gaggia Classic (LOVE IT!!!!). I can officially report that I now prefer my home made latte over the big chain coffee stores (you know who I am talking about).
Question about cleaning. After each shot, I wipe down the portafilter and basket (once they cool) with a microfiber cloth. However, the spout and the little black piece that goes into the portafilter are next to impossible to wipe down--especially the insides. Should I be removing the spout somehow? Do I just rinse it in hot water?
Thanks--just striving to keep my shots their best.
I am a newbie... so pardon my elementary question, but this would give me a fabulous start to enjoying delicious coffee... I recently purchased a Gaggia Classic and MDF grinder. I have brewed 10 espressos so far, and am very pleased with the results. Now I am trying to achieve the best espresso. If I brew a double-shot, it looks beautiful, nice crema, and have been tuning my grind and pounds of pressure to change my brewing time from 8 seconds to 19 seconds (still working on getting this closer to 25 sec.). However, when I attempt a single shot, it is still taking about 10-12 seconds, no crema and doesn't task as rich. I am using one scoop, grind is set to 5, and have even tried much more than 30lbs of pressure. Any ideas? (I am using the double-shot portafilter with 1 scoop of ground coffee)