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  • Timing you shots - When do you start timing?

    So, do you time your shots, and if so, when do you start timing? As if I couldnt be more obsessed with my coffee making ritual, but yes, I time every shot.

    Its something I always think about whenever I make an espresso - when do other "home baristas" : start timing their pours? Is it when you hit the brew switch or when the first drops of the pour start out the spout of your portafilter?

    For me, I time my shots the minute I hit the brew switch. This works for me cos blonding usually has started at approx 25 seconds. Also, on my machine it usually takes about 8 seconds for the first drops to appear after I hit the brew switch. If I started timing when the first drops appeared, it means the coffee grounds have been exposed for an extra 8 seconds for a total brewing time of approx 32 seconds. When Ive done this, Ive noticed my espressos taste a little burnt and over extracted.

    So, when do other CSers start timing their shots? When you hit the brew button on your machine or when you see the first drops appear Im curious to know...maybe a poll would be better...

    Javabeentiming.

  • #2
    Re: Timing you shots - When do you start timing?

    From when I hit the brew switch but I am a bit casual about the countdown and also will stop on any blonding.

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    • #3
      Re: Timing you shots - When do you start timing?

      Yes, I must admit I awlays stop at the sight of first blonding. Dont get me wrong I like blonds but not in my espresso ;-) Better to get 20mls of tasty espresso at 15secs then a shot of, well, you know.

      I guess I time cos it gives me an indication if I need to adjust my grind for bean aging, air temp, etc. Or if Ive just lost the plot for the day.

      Javabeen.

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      • #4
        Re: Timing you shots - When do you start timing?

        Javabeen

        You will find some interesting comments in this thread (from the post which loads down):

        http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1172734173/5#5

        Two differing views presented there.....

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        • #5
          Re: Timing you shots - When do you start timing?


          Well, Im a start the timer when the levers pulled up, kind of gal.

          I too time every shot.

          I think the other thread actually leads into this one nicely.


          Belinda

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          • #6
            Re: Timing you shots - When do you start timing?

            I start timing when the brew switch is pressed.
            I also time every shot.
            I find its pretty easy to see when its gone wrong - but I like the whole ritual of timing the shot.

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            • #7
              Re: Timing you shots - When do you start timing?

              As Im a learner I find it helpful to count (in my head) from the moment I lift the lever...

              - 7 sec for first glimpse of coffee
              - runs like treacle till about 12 sec
              - gets a little faster...more from one side than the other ... hmm, mustnt have tamped square
              - lever down around 25sec

              After doing this over and over I dont think Ill ever be able to shake the habit

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              • #8
                Re: Timing you shots - When do you start timing?

                As I said in the thread that JavaB referenced, I was a bit confused about what
                was regarded as the conventional starting point.

                What I do now is start timing when I pull the lever, with the expectation
                that an "ideal" shot will take about 30 seconds from that point.

                I terminate the shot when blonding starts, then check the time. Im
                now getting about a 90% success rate, allowing five seconds or so tolerance.
                Took a lot of practice to get there ...

                If the pour is really slow, I will stop at 40 to 50 seconds. Thats pretty
                infrequent though.

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                • #9
                  Re: Timing you shots - When do you start timing?

                  I used to time from when I pushed the button, but changed about a month ago to when the brew starts.

                  I have a clock right above the machine which helps. I am interested purely from an interest perspective. I have never worried about time, for me it is all about taste!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Timing you shots - When do you start timing?

                    I find it unnecessary to time shots as I judge the timing by the visible flow rate. Of course it is helpful to time every now and then...say once every 20 shots just to make sure youre spot on...but judging by eye has become natural. I start timing once the brew switch has been turned on.

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