Any chance you can provide a similar video, but using your Gaggia Factory instead (i.e., another thread)?
Actually I was already planning to do just that. I just cannot decide whether to use my Europiccola or my Factory.
My Europiccola has the 49mm PF and the pressure relief valve on the outside. I think it may be useful for people new to the machine to see that the steam coming out when warmed up is normal.
However, my Factory has the 51mm portafilter and does not have the external pressure relief valve and is a little easier to use for some reason. I just like it better. I can also get one more double shot out of it than my Europiccola. I seems to hold just a little more water. It also pulls a little nicer shots with more volume.
I would be willing to do either. If you have an opinion let me know.
timo888 wrote:You are taking the same PF and basket and moving it from one machine to the other? Is one machine running hotter?
I am not using the same portafilter. They will not interchange. When I purchased my Cremina it only had a single basket. I ordered a basket for my Cremina from 1st-line. It appears that I was sent a Europiccola basket as it is identical to the basket in my Europiccola. So, I was using the same basket in both machines. I am now however using a MicroCasa a leva basket in my Cremina now.
My Factory uses a 51mm basket. The resistance on my factory falls between my Europiccola and my Cremina.
I am not sure if one is running hotter. When I get a chance I will measure both.