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Topic: dock lock out (6 msgs / 97 lines)
1) From:
I seem to remember Tom mentioning that most of his coffee
 came through the port of San Francisco.  So, I'm wondering
 how the lockout at the ports on the west coast might
 affect all of us.  It goes on for a bit and Tom might
 start getting low on some beans.  Or worse.
Anyone got any info on this?
Thanks,
Lissa
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2) From: John
OH LISSA!! Now there's going to be a run on the bank. :O)  I'm sure
there are enough beans ashore to keep us in coffee for months. So don't
anyone panic UNTIL I get my order in!
John
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3) From: Ben Treichel
I'm set. I just got enough beans either in or ordered in the past week 
to carry me about 6 months. I had to order twice in a week because I 
forgot that my parents were coming (only decaf), and also with my 
increasing coffee consumption, I'm going to need some decaf. ( also some 
Mama Cata Estate)
BTW how do you get a job as a longshoreman? At 80k a year take home 
seems like a lot less stressful way to make a living.
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4) From: John
[It's me with a new address - John in deep southern Texas spammers
killed the old one]
The problem with ordering too large a stash is that it requires storage
space - and it settles the ordering issue for too long a period. A lot
of the fun for me is building a lot of small (10 to 20# total) orders
made up of 2 and 5 pound lots. I enjoy trying new beans as much as
cupping my favorites. 
I have no fear of this strike lasting long - the governments of several
countries are already in the ear of the White House.  I'm not going to
knock anyones ability to earn a living or make a profit - but who do
these shipyard people think they are - Major League Sports!?!
On Tue, 2002-10-01 at 23:10, Ben Treichel wrote:
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5) From: Ben Treichel
John wrote:
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Actually, a half year stash is only 12 to 15 lbs. I have 13 different 
beans in that group. (I'm the only coffee drinker in the house)
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seriously!
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6) From: Rick Farris
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I like to have 20#+ of each of my staples around, and then make smaller
orders throughout the year of whatever is new, or being discussed on the
list.
By staples I mean things like the La Berliner, Sabor de Segovia and other
coffees that I drink everyday.  That lets me get about half my coffee at the
20# price, leading to a considerable savings.  (Yeah, right...) ;-)
When I roast I usually roast some of one of my staples, and then one of the
smaller lots I've gotten recently.  Then I alternate them so I can compare
and contrast.
--Rick
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