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Topic: Vac sealer reccomendation? (7 msgs / 146 lines)
1) From: Obrien, Haskell W.
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.

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
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
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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.

3) From: Zara Haimo
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.

4) From: Michael Dhabolt
Me too. Foodsaver V1505. They make a bunch of accessories that makes the 
unit indispensable,when you get used to it.
 Mike (just plain)
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5) From: The Scarlet Wombat
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

6) From: Zara Haimo
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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.

7) From: ginny
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


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