As a general rule you should dial in your espresso using a scale. The first three shots is normally indicating your espresso flow and the appearance of how well your espresso flow/brew.
Your first indicator should be the first drop appearing after activating starting the water flow (pump/bottom).
I recommend the first drop to appear approx. at 6-8 sec. In that way your espressoshot will brew as long a 26-31 sec. if it appears before 4 sec. I will recommend you should grind finer and vise versa if the first drop appears too late/after 8 sec or more.
|Dose||20 g dobb shot|
|Extraction time||27-29 sek|
|Liguid mass||40 g.|
|Extraction rate||20/40= 0,50%|
The dose is calculated using a 20g porta filter min. dose 19g/ max. dose 21 g. pr double espresso.