Often, while driving along the highway, I can't help but wonder what it would be like in one of the first wagon trains to head west. The rough terrain in the western states leaves me awe struck at how they ever did it. Here in the mid west, where most of the highway is between 600 and 700 feet above sea level, the most imposing land marks are man made, and the pioneers never had them.... Rest Areas! We are so much better off today with the amenities we have. Right now I am very much enjoying a cup of Horse #30, that was roasted on June 6, and ground on June 7. Stored in an air tight container but not vacuum sealed or frozen. It just sits on the counter getting better day by day. Stale? I don't think so. Now, the F*****s camp ground coffee for .25 a cup.... that is stale coffee! If I had better taste buds I may be thinking I should throw this out and roast some more.. but to me this is as good as it gets. My wife still loves it, and she is very picky when it comes to coffee.. at least she can tell if it is Harrar or not. I remember we used to drive hundreds of miles just so we could stock up on Costco special blend, and if they had *$ for sale we would get that also.. a special treat :) When we found Sweet Maria's, all that stock of coffee was left untouched, and was finally just thrown out. Life is too short for bad coffee.. PeterZ On the road again, here in Indiana.