I just count while I watch the extraction.
I just count while I watch the extraction.
You get one for free on a La Marzocco GS3
Most people (including competition baristas) use a simple kitchen timer. $10 odd from a kitchen shop.
You might be able to hook something up to the activation switch on your espresso machine but it will need a relay and some other isolation gear to make it safe... a much bigger job than using a battery powered timer.
I just "upgraded" from my wifes pink gym stopwatch to a Salter kitchen timer.* It suits my coffee decor much better, and is magnetic, so sticks to the machine.
Cost about $13 from ebay.
I use a cheaper version of this: http://www.thegoodstore.com.au/d1313-112/braun-travel-alarm-clock/ ...about ten bucks from electrical aisle of woolies...is hands free - no need to start/stop timer, just watch the seconds hand !
Andy, sadly the* GS/3 paddle version doesnt have the timer ...Booo!
Thanks, I was counting and found it inconsistent.
I did look in a couple of kitchen shops hoping to find a manual egg timer type thing but they only had them for minutes.
I guess I will have to go digital
I am a low tech kind of guy.
buy the way that is my wife in the photo, waiting for that perfect cup.
When I started I was using the timer on my mobile phone. Maybe check to see if your mobile has one.
I bought a Breville Dual Boiler. It has a built in shot clock.Originally Posted by 650B4B4748260 link=1340871848/0#0 date=1340871848
With my previous machine I used a cheap electric alarm clock with a sweep seconds hand.
Are you so low tech as to not have a wrist watch, ??Originally Posted by 452B6B6768060 link=1340871848/5#5 date=1340918542
..let alone a mobile phone ( many stopwatch "apps" available )
I wish my Expobar had a timer display. They could have easily done it by switching the temp display to a seconds counter when the shot starts.
Anyway, I just count, 1 and 2 and 3 and, all the way up to 50 (just joking on the 50!!).
People watching me make a coffee note that I start a little speech when making a coffee, it goes "one-thousand-one, One thousand-two, one thousand-three..." all the way up to One-thousand-thirty. More often then not, its accurate within half a second to do that...
Or you could try a cheap timer, but really, just counting seconds is probably the cheapest, most effective way of pouring a shot, and you dont have to worry about doing a button pushing dance or watching something other then the pour or anything like that
While timers are a good tool initially for those starting out, really, once you have a bit of practice up your sleeve you dont need one. All you need to is watch the flow / pour, and then CUP the result.
Changes (to grind / dose / tamp and even temp if you have a PID machine) will be made according to the result on your palate, NOT according to a measurement of seconds "per se".
So after all that, do you really need to buy a timer specifically for this purpose, considering as someone else stated, a watch or the (very good) inbuilt timer in a modern cell telephone will suffice for an occasional look see or even forever given most people carry their phone everywhere....
After that and sticking strictly to the question.....Bunnings Hardware (or similar) $9.99 or less, with BIG NUMBERS for those amongst us who might need reading glasses :D
Hope that helps.
Actually I dont have a wrist watch and the mobile is basic without a timer or if it has I dont know it. hahaha
I do the one thousand and one ect now and find it inconstant
for the finer details, with me changing pressure and flow
the only way to record it for each bean type is with a timer.
I ordered a dig. on ebay like the early reply suggested.
Good luck with it, I think your digital one is the way to go. Counting out loud might freak out visitors anyway :). Especially if you are standing there going one onethousand, two onethousand, your visitors might just sneak out the door while your back is turned.....counting, still counting!
Not as much as turning around yelling "Shut up, Im loosing count!"Originally Posted by 647467686C6F63060 link=1340871848/13#13 date=1341061153
I have always timed my shots by my watch, but have also always found that there is a lot of variation between my shots so if I dont have the required amount in the cup after 30 secs I will just let it go longer until I am happy or until I dont like the colour of the pour.
I always regard a 30 sec pour with good colour and quantity as a win and everything else as less than ideal, although to be honest, theres usually not much difference in the quality of the shot.