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Topic: Vac packing for travel? (5 msgs / 134 lines)
1) From: John David Huddle
Mike McKoffee,
Long time ago you posted about vacuuming small quantities of coffee - 
efficiently using the Food Saver stuff.
Could you describe your method again, please.
I'm taking my 1st ever overseas trip next month.   Going to China for 15 
days as a chaperone with the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra.   My 16 yr. 
old son plays bass in the orchestra.
Unless I come up with a better/different idea,  I'll be taking my small (2 
tasse) electic Bialetti  Moka pot (works on 110 or 220 V), a Zass Turkiish 
grinder and vac packed homeroast.   These hardware items are the smallest, 
most durable things I can think of to take for my morning brew.
GOTTA have my morning  3,7-dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione !!!
Anybody know of  good coffee shops in Beijing, Gubeikou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, 
Wuzhen, Hefei or Hongkong?
Suggestions for beans/blends to roast for the trip??
Westerville, OH

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Man, first trip overseas and going to China! Sounds like it should be a 
memorable experience.
For traveling I make little single brew batch size vac bags of whole beans. 
Just cut the roll bags to size you need. For example for ones I do with with 
32gr pre-ground for Debi to take to work for her 20oz brewer: first cut and 
heat seal the 11" wide roll material about 5" (side hash marks 3" apart) 
making an 11" x 5" bag, next cut it in thirds and seal the cut sides making 
three about 2&2/3" wide x 5" tall little bags. Mark 'em with a permanent 
marker with varietal & date, then grind and fill bag, vac seal and freeze. 
Grinding only for one bag at a time so grounds are exposed to air as short a 
time as possible.
Traveling I used to pre-grind and vac bag but haven't in years after getting 
a Zass. But I do still put them in the freezer when we get where we're 
going. Usually try to have the beans a couple days rested before vac bagging 
so degassing doesn't risk bursting a bag but one last minute trip I had to 
vac bag some just roasted. A few days later the little bags made very tight 
pillows from degassing but none broke. And the coffee was fine. Those triple 
ply FoodSaver bags are made of pretty tough material!
Since going to be gone over two weeks I also suggest roasting, vac sealing 
and freezing a few days supply of beans to have waiting for you when you get 
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
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Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 10:19 AM

3) From: David B. Westebbe
I go camping for a couple of weeks every summer.  I use Mike's method,
and I keep the stash in the ice chest.  While the coffee isn't quite as
good as it is when I'm home, using a FoodSaver nevertheless seems to be
a great method.  The coffee stays amazingly fresh, with little
outgassing if the bags are kept cold.

4) From: Ed Needham
I camped last weekend and roasted coffee over the campfire with one of my solid
wall drums on a spit rod.  Turned it by hand for about a 15 minute roast and
although it was a bit uneven, I think that added to the taste.  Plugged a grinder
into a power converter plugged into a car cigarette lighter and brewed in my
Chemex.  I am now the 'official' coffeedude for my son's Boy Scout troop.  We
melted some chocolate and got really wired on chocolate coated beans.  Got a few
kids wired too.  That was fun to watch .
Ed Needham
"To absurdity and beyond!"
ed at homeroaster dot com

5) From: Brett Mason
What - no Zass?   What do you do on a backpack?
I am the coffee guy for our Troop and Pack as well...
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