Hourglasses / Sand Timers

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Hourglasses / Sand Timers

Postby Jeff Givens on Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:29 pm

I'm looking for a source for 4 minute sand timers. I want to encourage a potential restaurant account to switch to press pot service, but I think that the only way to convince them will be if I can come up with a workable, convenient solution for them.

Digital timers are out, since they make noise and don't fit in with the atmosphere of the place. I've seen plenty of 3 minute timers, but none for 4 minutes.

Oh, and they need to be relatively cheap.
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Re: Hourglasses / Sand Timers

Postby Brett Hanson on Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:46 pm

Beto wrote:I'm looking for a source for 4 minute sand timers. I want to encourage a potential restaurant account to switch to press pot service, but I think that the only way to convince them will be if I can come up with a workable, convenient solution for them.

Digital timers are out, since they make noise and don't fit in with the atmosphere of the place. I've seen plenty of 3 minute timers, but none for 4 minutes.

Oh, and they need to be relatively cheap.


What about this Red one that has flashing and vibrating options?
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Postby Deferio on Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:15 pm

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Postby Jeff Givens on Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:13 am

Thanks Chris. I'll give them a call.

I got real nostalgic seeing that website. It looked straight out of 1994!
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Postby Jason Haeger on Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:29 pm

You could always use a 3 minute sandtimer, and just wait a minute before starting it and serving it to the customer.

Or you can contact santimer.com and experience the nostalgia of 1994.
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Postby Jeff Givens on Fri Feb 02, 2007 6:26 pm

Update: Sandtimer only has timers up to 3 minutes. Arrgh!

Jasonian wrote:You could always use a 3 minute sandtimer, and just wait a minute before starting it and serving it to the customer.


The drawback to that is that it's probably a bit much to expect waitstaff to accurately wait a minute before starting the timer. They may have desserts or a hundred other things to deal with at the moment. I need a solution that's relatively brainless and foolproof.

In a coffeehouse, the 3 minute timer might work, but I don't think it would in a restaurant.
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Postby Jason Haeger on Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:56 pm

Google Rox my Sox

4 minute sand timer
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Postby Jason Haeger on Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:01 pm

Pt. 2

Pt.3 (ctrl+F then type "sand". It's a little over midway down the page)

Or, just go to google and search for: "4 minute" sand timer
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Postby Jeff Givens on Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:48 am

Thanks Jason. I'll give those guys a call.
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Postby Jason Haeger on Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:45 pm

The last link I think has the nicest looking timers.

They're all at least $30.. but you might be able to find a bulk discount.
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Postby Robert Csar on Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:59 am

Beto,

I have a really good one. It's called a Thames Oasis Perfect Sand Timer in brushed stainless steel. It comes with three hourglasses, 3 minutes for light, 4 minutes for medium, and 5 minutes for strong. You can also pick the colors of sand you want... Hope this helps.

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Postby jmc on Wed May 23, 2007 10:50 am

Well at least you found one that has a 4 minute option....has anyone found a nice looking 4-mintue sand timer that doesn't have the other two tubes? Or nice looking digital timer? I want one that is just a simple, small, old school red led display that counts down or up...I may have to find somebody to make them for us!
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Postby Jeff Givens on Wed May 23, 2007 11:05 am

JMC wrote:Well at least you found one that has a 4 minute option....has anyone found a nice looking 4-mintue sand timer that doesn't have the other two tubes? Or nice looking digital timer? I want one that is just a simple, small, old school red led display that counts down or up...I may have to find somebody to make them for us!


I found some 4 minute sand timers overseas and I ended up ordering 50. They should be arriving within a couple of weeks. Let me know if you want some.
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Postby onocoffee on Wed May 23, 2007 12:09 pm

Send some my way Jeff.
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Postby Jeff Givens on Wed May 23, 2007 12:39 pm

Sho' nuff.
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