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Topic: labeling (11 msgs / 378 lines)
1) From: Kris Bhatti
This may be so simple that it's of no interest, but it took me awhile to figure it out so I thought I'd share.  I store my roasted coffee in vac sealed mason jars and some glass top (with rubber gasket) wire latch jars.  I started labeling using my Brother P touch label maker, but that was kind of wasteful and time consuming.  Then I put tape on the lids, wrote on it, peeled it off - still kind of a hassle.  Now, my great innovation:  write with a Sharpie directly on the glass or metal canning lid.  Then, when it's time for a new label, a quick swipe with a damp Mr. Clean Magic Stain Eraser and the lid is ready for it's new label.  Be warned though - if you haven't used these Stain Erasers before, you too could become obsessed with trying them out on all the things that you thought wouldn't clean up!  I have no idea what makes these things work so well - I can only guess it's the "magic".  Get the "extra power" (extra magic maybe?) ones - they hold up a
 little better than the regular type.  
Kris
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2) From: Michael I
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I use a labeler for my roasted.  It's usually in a plastic container - I
should probably go to mason jars.  I just put the name of the bean and roast
date on it, and it only takes a minute.  I agree that it might be wasteful
(the tape for those things is expensive), but it's quick and simple enough
for me.  The bonus to that is that I tend to give away a small one-way valve
bag or two from each roast, so I can just print up a few labels for the
bags, too, and it makes it (hopefully) a bit more useful and educational for
the recipient.  
I get comments back from people that might not know a lot about the beans
they've had, but they can say "That Kenyan coffee was wonderful", and at
least I can identify the coffee they are talking about.  If they, instead,
said "I liked that coffee you gave me last month", it's harder to figure out
which it was.
The Sharpie idea is no doubt more efficient and cost-effective.  But if that
was my primary objective, I wouldn't be roasting coffee in the first place.
I'm sure it's a useful tip for many here, though.
-AdkMike  
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Kris Bhatti
Sent: 01/29/2008 3:36 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: +labeling
This may be so simple that it's of no interest, but it took me awhile to
figure it out so I thought I'd share.  I store my roasted coffee in vac
sealed mason jars and some glass top (with rubber gasket) wire latch jars.
I started labeling using my Brother P touch label maker, but that was kind
of wasteful and time consuming.  Then I put tape on the lids, wrote on it,
peeled it off - still kind of a hassle.  Now, my great innovation:  write
with a Sharpie directly on the glass or metal canning lid.  Then, when it's
time for a new label, a quick swipe with a damp Mr. Clean Magic Stain Eraser
and the lid is ready for it's new label.  Be warned though - if you haven't
used these Stain Erasers before, you too could become obsessed with trying
them out on all the things that you thought wouldn't clean up!  I have no
idea what makes these things work so well - I can only guess it's the
"magic".  Get the "extra power" (extra magic maybe?) ones - they hold up a
little better than the regular type.  
Kris  
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3) From: Floyd Lozano
That's a good idea.  I use different containers with colored lids, and
I have a list taped up on the inside of my cabinet that says what's in
what color and when it was roasted.  It's not foolproof - I sometimes
mix up the lids, or forget to label it, or transfer from one container
to another as the contents disappear and forget what's in what ;)
-F
On Jan 29, 2008 3:36 PM, Kris Bhatti  wrote:
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4) From: Ron Feroni
those magic erasers truly scare me.  What the heck makes them work so good.=
..??  Maybe I don't want to know...
 
ron> From: fplozano> To: homeroast> Subject=
: Re: +labeling> Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 17:11:06 -0500> > That's a good ide=
a. I use different containers with colored lids, and> I have a list taped u=
p on the inside of my cabinet that says what's in> what color and when it w=
as roasted. It's not foolproof - I sometimes> mix up the lids, or forget to=
 label it, or transfer from one container> to another as the contents disap=
pear and forget what's in what ;)> -F> > On Jan 29, 2008 3:36 PM, Kris Bhat=
ti  wrote:> >> > This may be so simple that it's of n=
o interest, but it took me awhile to> > figure it out so I thought I'd shar=
e. I store my roasted coffee in vac> > sealed mason jars and some glass top=
 (with rubber gasket) wire latch jars.> > I started labeling using my Broth=
er P touch label maker, but that was kind> > of wasteful and time consuming=
. Then I put tape on the lids, wrote on it,> > peeled it off - still kind o=
f a hassle. Now, my great innovation: write> > with a Sharpie directly on t=
he glass or metal canning lid. Then, when it's> > time for a new label, a q=
uick swipe with a damp Mr. Clean Magic Stain Eraser> > and the lid is ready=
 for it's new label. Be warned though - if you haven't> > used these Stain =
Erasers before, you too could become obsessed with trying> > them out on al=
l the things that you thought wouldn't clean up! I have no> > idea what mak=
es these things work so well - I can only guess it's the> > "magic". Get th=
e "extra power" (extra magic maybe?) ones - they hold up a> > little better=
 than the regular type.> >> > Kris> >> >> =
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5) From: Kris Bhatti
I know what you mean - I can only hope it's not some kind of dark magic at work.  Maybe I'm being naive, but these erasers seem so much better all around than the heavy duty cleaning products I used before.  They certainly don't feel at all harsh on the hands.  I love being able to just put some water on the eraser and *magically* clean stuff up.  I hate breathing any of the spray on cleaning products and rarely have use for them anymore.   If anyone knows some dark secret about how these work, like maybe they are made from puppies and nuclear waste, please just don't tell me.
Kris
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6) From: Mike Chester
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For my own coffee, I use 4 snap lock canisters and a couple of mason =
jars.  I label them using Post It Notes.  I can write the name and date =
on them and they remove easily when done.  I usually use  them about 5 =
times, crossing out the previous contents before throwing the labels =
out.  For coffee I am gifting, I use valve bags with Brother Printed =
labels from a label printer attached to my computer.
Mike Chester

7) From: Bryan Wray
I use valve bags, not mason jars, so I don't know if they would work on the lid or not, but I've always thought that dry erase markers on valve bags really couldn't get much easier...  they show up fine and wipe off easy (but not so easily that sliding them around on a counter removes all the letters or something).
-Bry
 
Bryan Wray
NaDean's Coffee Place
Kalamazoo, MI
"It is my hope that people realize that coffee is more than just a caffeine delivery service, it can be a culinary art"- Chris Owens of Cafe Grumpy in NYC.
       
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8) From: Rich Adams
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I started off using post-it notes, then I upgraded to the plastic page =
flags that have various colored tabs. Some are well over 3 years old and =
they still stick to canning jar lids or to the inside of a cabinet door. =
 One day I plan to start over but this time group the origins using =
colors to represent the parts ot the globe they come from.
Respectfully,
Rich Adams

9) From: David Morgenlender
I get the removable labels (probably Avery) sold at Staples.  I use a =
Sharpie to
write the bean, date & roast level on the label.  The label sticks well =
(only
the first time used) on the valve bags & mason jars.  When I'm done with =
the
contents of a bag or jar, the label peels off easily.  Low tech, but =
works well!
:)
Dave
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10) From: Jason Brooks
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Kris Bhatti wrote:
| This may be so simple that it's of no interest, but it took me awhile to
| figure it out so I thought I'd share.  I store my roasted coffee in vac
| sealed mason jars and some glass top (with rubber gasket) wire latch
| jars.  I started labeling using my Brother P touch label maker, but that
| was kind of wasteful and time consuming.  Then I put tape on the lids,
| wrote on it, peeled it off - still kind of a hassle.  Now, my great
| innovation:  write with a Sharpie directly on the glass or metal canning
| lid.  Then, when it's time for a new label, a quick swipe with a damp
| Mr. Clean Magic Stain Eraser and the lid is ready for it's new label.
| Be warned though - if you haven't used these Stain Erasers before, you
| too could become obsessed with trying them out on all the things that
| you thought wouldn't clean up!  I have no idea what makes these things
| work so well - I can only guess it's the "magic".  Get the "extra power"
| (extra magic maybe?) ones - they hold up a little better than the
| regular type.
|
| Kris
|
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| Search.
|
Kris,
~   I'm like you - a bit paranoid of the magic eraser.  I use narrow
masking tape on the lid of my storage jars and write the code for the
roast.  It's top secret, but I can trust ya'll.
~   I keep a log book of roast sessions (into year 3 now), organized by
date and roast batch numbers.  So, this morning's Rwanda Kinunu Bourbon
came out of jar 27-3.  I cross out the number on each jar and probably
get 3-6 months on each piece of tape, depending on amount of roasting.
They clean off easily and are easy to read, providing I use a very fine
tipped pen, which I usually do.
Jason
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Enjoying good coffee in the Heart of Virginia
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11) From: ray
Microsoft word has Avery labels capability built into it you just tell it
what the label number is and the rest is automatic for printing them on your
computer if your using word 2003 or better


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