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Topic: Traveling Coffee (4 msgs / 111 lines)
1) From: Maryann & Dave Schellenberg
Congratulations, miKe mcKoffee, on another Foodsaver sale. After reading 
the raves on this foodsaver list for more than a year, I finally broke 
down on my last visit to Costco. I imagine that you get about the same 
commission as Les gets from Thom.
Now to get a little off-topic into the subject of coffee.
My wife and I are planning a 10 day trip as far as Alberta. On the 5th, 
6th, and 7th day of that trip we will be in a motel in Canmore, and I 
plan to take my AeroPress and some ground coffee along to use those days.
I seem to recall someone used their foodsaver to package ground coffee. 
Could you refresh my memory as to whether you let the coffee degas 
before grinding and packaging, or whether I should grind and package 
immediately after roasting?
I'm also wondering about the dimensions of the package - 3 pockets wide 
from an 11 inch roll by some length to be determined to contain two 
aeropress scoops of ground coffee?
Dave S.

2) From: Vicki Smith
Dave, if you and your wife are coming as far as Red Deer, you can grind 
or roast or just pick up some of my fresh roast here. We are about three 
hours from Canmore.
We're going to Banff in mid-September, and I'm going to take my grinder 
(and my KMB) with me. If Ron gets to buy a honking big car, I'm not 
going to feel the least bit guilty for stuffing it full of coffee 
appliances.
Vicki
Maryann & Dave Schellenberg wrote:
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Yes, same commission schedule:-)
 
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I make them all the time for Debi to take to work and for travel. Travel
sometimes pre-ground sometimes whole bean. You 'can' grind and vac bag
directly after roasting but risk exploding bags during de-gassing though
I've never had it happen. One last minute trip had to roast and immediately
grind and vac the little bags. None exploded, just puffed out becoming tight
little coffee filled pillows. The FoodSaver triple ply bags are quite tough.
Usually rest 3 or 4 days before grinding and vac bagging. Store best keeping
as cold as possible, preferably frozen once you reach your destination.
 
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Don't know how much your Aeorpress scoop equates to but for Debi's work 24oz
Press I use 2 slightly heaping 53cc scoops whole bean before grinding,
~32gr. I can make them as small as  1&1/2 sections (4&1/2") but can be tough
to seal, 1&3/4 sections (5") better but tougher to keep track of on the roll
so I just use 2 sections (6"). Just play with it and figure out what works
for you!
FWIW I only grind for each individual little vac bag at a time since ground
coffee exposed to air stales very quickly. I'll grind and clear chute etc,
fill the little bag, quickly measure out beans for next bag and start Rocky
grinding, vac and seal just filled bag, on the way to the freezer stop Rocky
since beans usually done grinding, pop vac'd bag in the freezer then back to
Rocky to clear grinds from chute etc. and fill next bag... Might sound
chaotic but oh well, I'm a bit anal about coffee sitting exposed to
oxygen:-)
Kona Konnaisseur 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. 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.

4) From: Maryann & Dave Schellenberg
What did they call those way-stations where the Pony Express riders 
would stop to get fresh horses?
Let's build a Coffee Express network, so where-ever we travel, we never 
need to be far from fresh roasted coffee!
Thanks for the great offer, Vicki. At one point we considered traveling 
up the Banff-Jasper highway (it's probably 20 years since we last saw 
it) but I think on this trip, Canmore will be our farthest overnight. My 
wife wants to see if she can still walk up to Agnes Lake Teahouse at 
Lake Louise. After our three nights in Canmore we'll go back to my 
brother's place in SW Calgary for a couple of nights.
Also, to justify my new Tilia toy, I'm curious to see how well 
pre-ground coffee survives after vac-packaging on this trip.
So thanks again for the offer, and whoever is riding through Winnipeg, 
let me know because I want to be part of the Coffee Express Network.
Dave S.
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