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Topic: Best Way to Ship Roasted Coffee (7 msgs / 175 lines)
1) From: Lynne
I know we discussed this at length before, but it'll take me forever to 
read all the postings in the archives - so I need some suggestions.
I want to send someone some roasted coffee. How long should I wait 
after roasting (is a day enough of a rest for degassing?), and would it 
be better to use the one way valve bags - or can I safely vacuum seal 
the bags? (And, I'm wondering if Priority Mail is air shipped?)

2) From: Bob
I've shipped in vac sealed bags from Denver to Texas with no 
problems. Yes, they pillowed up, but nothing ever burst. I have 
sealed them up the same day & also a couple of days later. Also 
used Priority Mail for them. If you are concerned about bursting 
bags, put a pinhole in them prior to sealing.

3) From: Justin Marquez
On 12/20/06, Bob  wrote:
Shipment from Texas to Denver would be worse.  When we went up to La
Veta, CO (7000 ft)  this summer, the difference in barometric pressure
was about 3 PSI.  All kinds of sealed stuff either puffed up or
whoosed out when opened.  Those 'tater chips in a can were a riot. The
little tear-back foil seals were just straining to be unleashed! I
clicked open the seal on my sunscreen bottle and immediately got about
2 weeks' worth on my hands.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)

4) From: Jeff Bensen
At 02:00 PM 12/20/2006, lynnebiz wrote:
I usually seal and ship via Priority Mail right after roasting, 
allowing the beans to rest in-transit. I use the valve bags from SM, 
and heat-seal them to prevent accidental opening.
If you don't have valve bags, and are concerned about bursting, Bob's 
suggestion of a pinhole seems to be a good compromise.
I don't know if priority mail is air-shipped at any point in it's journey.
- Jeff Bensen
   Palm Bay, FL

5) From: Lynne
Bob & Justin -
Thanks for the info. I'm actually mailing to same, sea level area, so I 
don't have to worry about the change in altitude. Although I must 
say,Justin, I simply loved the picture of your sunscreen shooting out 
everywhere, and the clownish chips exploding in the air.  ; > ). Makes 
me wish I DID have someone at a higher altitude to send something 
(they'd wonder why on earth I went to the trouble of sending chips in a 
On the other hand, not actually BEING there would spoil all my fun!
On Dec 20, 2006, at 3:21 PM, Justin Marquez wrote:

6) From: Lynne
I do have some valve bags - plan to send them out tomorrow.
Hopefully, after all this - the coffee will be appreciated - I hope.
On Dec 20, 2006, at 3:34 PM, Jeff Bensen wrote:

7) From: Bob
heheh, I remember camping as a youngster in the mountains around 
Estes Park CO and jamming a finger through the puffed up top of 
a bottle of TANG drink mix. Similar reaction.

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