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Topic: [U] RE: +120 bags Costa Rican army vacuum packed coffee (11 msgs / 340 lines)
1) From: Cary Sean M MAJ MNCI C3 MNF-W LNO
Classification:  UNCLASSIFIED
From the CIA World Fact Book:
Military branches: 
no regular military forces; Ministry of Public Security, Government, and
Military service age and obligation:   
18 years of age (2004)  
Manpower available for military service:   
males age 18-49: 997,690 (2005 est.)  
Manpower fit for military service:   
males age 18-49: 829,874 (2005 est.)  
Manpower reaching military service age annually:   
males: 41,097 (2005 est.)  
Military expenditures - dollar figure:    
$64.2 million (2004)  
Military expenditures - percent of GDP:    
0.4% (2003)  
 - So my question is - if they don't have a Military, what did they
spend .4% of the GDP on? ($37.97 billion (2004 est.)) (15 Million if my
math is right)...
29 and a wake up to go before I depart Iraq... ordered 12 pounds of
beans from Sweet Maria's today - 2lb or the Blue Batak, a lb Tanzania
Peaberry Decaf,  lb of Java Prince and a 8lb Sampler...  
So I now have 12 lbs of coffe en route, no roaster and 30+ days to go
before I get home (not counting the "post deployment" training they are
making mandatory)...and my wife thinks I am more nuts then usual...  
Tell the Shipping Dept to take their time!
Maj. Sean M. Cary

2) From: Jim Mitchell
While Costa Rica maintains no formal military forces as such, they do have a 
relatively small, but very well-trained and well equipped National Guard - 
whose primary role is to maintain the peace, patrol the borders, and provide 
civil services when less organized forces fail - such as after the magnitude 
7.5 earthquake of 1991, or the volcanic eruptions of 1968 which buried San 
Jose (the capital) in a meter of ash.
Recent events in Central America have expanded this force's role into 
anti-narcotic, anti-terror, and anti-guerilla activities - which given Costa 
Rica's historical unwillingness to accept most U.S. aid packages - even 
though they are on the most cordial terms with the US and often support 
these initiatives - means that the National Guard budget has increased 
significantly in the last few years. There was a minor scandel recently, 
when one pro-military member of their parliament predicted that the NG 
budget would "Reach or exceed 1% of GDP by 2007" with much outrage from the 
business community.
CR is a fairly remarkable place, by sheer chance (there was almost no 
indigenous population), and some very difficult choices - its has managed to 
avoid many of the social/political horrors which have afflicted other Cental 
American countries and have constructed a very stable country based on 
democratic and capitalistic ideals. which appears to offer most of it 
citizens an admirable quality of life.
Oh, and did I forget to mention that their coffees are terrific? When I was 
a child we'd get a 25 Kilo sack of greens twice a year from Don Pepe, which 
we'd roast under a gas-fired salamander and drink from a Silex vac pot - 

3) From: R. Foster
Are you in need of a roaster? I have several Poppery I's (the 
original Poppery, built like tanks) that I no longer use. If you are 
interested, provide me (off list) with a home shipping address and 
you will have it waiting for you on your return, with my compliments 
in appreciation for your service.
Remain well and return safely.
Bob Foster

4) From: Aaron
First off, the e bay kid needs to learn how to spell.  Proper sentence 
formation might be nice too along with losing the caps  but....Must be 
another one of our finer trained educationalists who learned their 
grammar and etiquite from an aol chat room and/or a government school.
Some of the coffee services out this way have the similar thing he is 
showing.  One of them is folgers.  It's like a compressed puck of coffee 
in a vaccuum bag.  They must mix some instant in with it as well because 
after the thing is brewed up, there are almost no grounds left in the 
filter.  You pop open a puck throw it in your Bunn type coffee pot the 
company provides you for like $45 a month push the button and watch 
lukewarm water run through it to make a cup of coffee??  You can also 
pick up stuff like this at auction houses too.  A lot of the airlines 
use a similar type 'service' for serving coffee.  The stewardess just 
drops a puck into the pot and presses the brew button.  You can buy them 
by cases too.  The coffee generally says specially brewed for Delta, AA, 
or whoever it was made for on the label but it's the same garbage.  
There are also other outlets for getting this stuff in bulk as well.
Needless to say I won't drink that stuff, nor will I buy that item from 
him off E bay.  One of my friends down the street who runs a computer 
shop used to subscribe to that.  Since I have been bringing him home 
roasted he won't touch it anymore either.
It was mentioned that CR coffees are terriffic.  This I have to agree 
with, I have ordered CR coffees from SM's a few times and every time I 
make some of it up, it is one of the coffees I get a lot of comments on 
as to wow... this stuff is GOOD.
Funny thing though on that sort of topic.  I have actually run into a 
person who thinks maxwell house is the best coffee ever.  I gave him a 
few different types of coffee to try and he still swears by his MH.  I 
almost asked him if he thought billy beer was the best beer ever made 
either but bit my tongue and kept quiet.
Well Major, you will have a lot of goodies waiting for you when you get 
home then, think of the quality time you will get to spend with the 
family over a fresh cup of real coffee.  Im almost glad I didn't know 
about this place (SM) when I was still on the boat.  Off on a 6 month 
cruise in the gulf, and the only source of real coffee on the ship,  I 
could see myself getting into wallet trouble fairly quickly then. 
Take care everyone.

5) From: Scott Miller
Aaron wrote:

6) From: Gene Smith
It means "almost polite," Scott...
Gene Smith
nearly behaving, in Houston

7) From: Scott Miller
Gene Smith wrote:
and it's spelled etiquette ...
scott --> usually misbehaving, regardless of location

8) From: Aaron
hey now, I never claimed to be Mr Webster 'ere.  If I was id have 
someone roast my coffee for me!... or is that Juan Valdez ::shrug::
If someone is selling something, you would think they would at least 
proof read what they wrote first to try to correct the glaring mistakes, 
.....you know, that first impressions thing.   IF this is too much for 
them, then how about having a friend proof read it?   How quick would 
you be willing to do business with Tom and Maria if you didn't know them 
and their webpage had grammar that looked like a 4th grader put it 
together?  I see a future of flipping burgers there.
Anyhow, even if Einstein put the page together, I still won't be 
drinking any of that coffee because it's vac packed nasty is what it is.
This does bring me to another question.  I ordered some of the vacuum 
bags from Sweet Maria's and while I have zipped it closed and evacuated 
it, it doesn't seem to hold the vac too good.  Does the bag need to be 
heat sealed to be truly airtight or will the ziplock and flapper valve 
thingie do the trick and I am just not doing it right or whatever?  
Also, if these bags are indeed designed to hold under a vacuum, what is 
the best way to evacuate them.  Is there a gizmo of some sorts I need to 

9) From: Gene Smith
Except when it's not *quite* etiquette...in which case it is
*etiquite*...almost polite.
Gene Smith
who has now violated both etiquette and good sense by explaining the joke, 
in Houston

10) From: Scott Miller
yea; i saw that auction. what a steaming pile that seller was trying to 
pull off, eh?
i was just in CR for the first time in late november/early december and 
one of the first things a Tico told me about the country was they have 
no standing military force.
while in CR, we did nothing as far as searching for good coffee. it was 
a family trip to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday and we were on the 
Yorktown Clipper --> small ship eco-cruise thing with stops in Manuel 
Antionio, Marenco and other national forests or private reserves.
the popular, commercially available roasted coffees i did try were good 
compared with what is sold as premium roast in the USA [ *$ or Swill 
Valley ], especially at ~$6 for a 12 oz bag. I did bring back a couple 
pounds of cafebritt's whole bean Tarrazu to give as holiday gifts. it 
was well received, but i'm hoping i can produce better quality stuff 
using the knowledge & experience of folks here.
i used to travel 20-25 days a month for work, but don't any longer ... 
travel strictly for pleasure these days; that means i have time to get 
back into roasting. i have done manual roasting in the past .... wok & 
heat gun/dog bowl. intend to start back with that as it's fun, but also 
am looking at maybe an iRoast ... and some mods to it .. and  ... well, 
i guess that's not unusual on this list.
Aaron wrote:

11) From: Brett Mason
Sum peepels jes neas in ejukashin.
On 1/6/06, Aaron  wrote:
ribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip>
Brett Mason
   _(( )_  Please don't spill the coffee!

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