I'd like to get a decent vacuum sealer for my coffee. (I've got a friend in .se who's dying for some decent beans...) Any suggestions on what kind? There are plenty of brands out there... I'd like to use it to seal some valve bags as well as just using the standard vac bags.
Although I'm a vac sealer advocate for many items, I don't vac seal when shipping roasted coffee. I suggest shipping same day as roast in valve bags. (I do heat seal the bags and actually vac out air through the valve.) Global Priority should get it to .se within a week. That said I've been using FoodSaver vac system for over a decade, Professional II model for 'bout 4yrs. I suggest looking for model with accessory port, variable seal time & vac over-ride. miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path traveled by many. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before. From: "Obrien, Haskell W." Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 8:34 AM I'd like to get a decent vacuum sealer for my coffee. (I've got a friend in .se who's dying for some decent beans...) Any suggestions on what kind? There are plenty of brands out there... I'd like to use it to seal some valve bags as well as just using the standard vac bags.
I've been using a FoodSaver for years for everything, long before I started roasting coffee. I vacuum seal nuts and other foods that tend to get rancid or buggy in mason jars. Anything that's going into the freezer goes into a vacuum bag to prevent freezer burn. I have an old model FoodSaver that still works fine, but recently decided I "needed" the convenience of the new hands-free feature, so I just got a FoodSaver model V1505 which has internal storage for a roll of plastic bag material, a port for accessories like the mason jar sealer (essential!), hands-free operation, and many other features. I vacuum seal bags of green coffee for storage and seal roasted coffee in mason jars. It takes just a few seconds to reseal the jars after I take out what I'm going to use and with the hand-free feature, I can walk away and do something else once I start the pump.
Me too. Foodsaver V1505. They make a bunch of accessories that makes the unit indispensable,when you get used to it. Mike (just plain) On 7/5/05, Zara Haimo wrote: <Snip> a <Snip> <Snip> <Snip> r <Snip>
I use the Food Saver Pro, as well, and find the Mason jar attachments very useful for keeping coffee if one is not going to be able to roast when one wants. I would echo Mike's suggestion however, and not vacuum freshly roasted beans, they should rest for at least 24 hours to cut outgassing, which could destroy the vacuum. Dan
<Snip> When I went to Russia a couple of years ago, I roasted several pounds of coffee for gifts and to drink while I was there. I sealed everything in FoodSaver bags (which became rock hard packages once the air was evacuated) and packed them in my luggage. A few hours later, when I unpacked in Russia, all the bags of coffee had blown up into fat balloons due to the outgassing. They looked quite funny and I had to explain to friends in Russia that the coffee really was ok despite that. If I'd been thinking, I would have vacuum sealed the coffee in bags with valves to allow for outgassing. The valves would also take care of outgassing if you ship roasted coffee in sealed bags, but I bet the smell of freshly roasted coffee wafting through the delivery truck will be more than the UPS drivers can stand. For use at home, I put freshly roasted beans into mason jars soon after roasting and vacuum seal. By the next day, the outgassing has usually opened the seal, so I just reseal the lids as needed.
You really cannot beat the costoco price for a good food aver since it comes with the jar sealer as well. I use a "hot jaw" teflon heat sealer for gas valve coffee bags. The seal is perfect and wide enough. If you want to know about it send me a note off list. Actually I should talk to Tom about the hot jaw. ginny