📹 Gaggia Classic Pro: Portafilter Does Not Fit in the Group Head

Learn what to do if the portafilter for your Gaggia Classic Pro won't fit in the group head, or you're having trouble getting the portafilter to lock in.

On new machines the portafilter will not fit perpendicular to the machine. This is because the group head gasket requires time to wear in before this can happen. As long as you can get the portafilter hand tight onto the machine and brew without leaking then the machine is operating properly. Do not use excessive force when attaching the portafilter or it can damage or break the group head gasket. If this does not solve your problem, the following issues and solutions may apply.

  • Too much coffee may be dosed into the portafilter.
    • If there is too much coffee in the portafilter it can press into the shower screen and prevent the portafilter from attaching properly. Reduce the amount of coffee in the portafilter or test the machine with an empty portafilter. If the portafilter attaches properly then the filter basket was simply overdosed.
  • Check the filter baskets for dings, dents, or any sort of warping.
    • A filter basket that is malformed can prevent the portafilter from attaching. Try attaching the portafilter with the basket removed, or with a different basket to see if it fits on correctly.
  • The group gasket has slipped out of place or needs replacing.
  • The group head may be damaged.
    • If the machine was dropped or the group head was struck hard, then it can damage the group head. The group head would need to be replaced. This is not a normal occurrence and only happens if the machine has been mishandled.
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