[Homeroast] Reply to Lynn re bringing coffee on Mexico trip -- RE: Homeroast Digest, Vol 49, Issue 14

Dorian Snow dorian_snow at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 21 17:41:31 CST 2012

Hi Lynn - I have found that travelling with coffee in the suitcase is pretty common, so the smell of coffee emanating from your baggage does not readily make customs agents think we are smuggling drugs (which I used to worry about).  You would be surprised how many people bring coffee on trips, and as gifts.  Yes, you should grind your beans before you leave.  Put it in a couple of Baggies to keep it more airtight than one Baggie might provide.  Or use a vacuum bag, which is the international sign that there is actually coffee in there.  If you are afraid customs agents might swipe some of your coffee, put a small amount in a little Baggie on the top of your stuff, which you won't mind if they take, and put the rest of your stash down at the bottom, inside a folded sweater. They will never find it.  Mostly, they really don't care about coffee.   I bring with me an AeroPress.  It's lightweight, and all you need to get is boiling water.  Or you can bring a Melitta cone to perch on a cup, and a few filters.  Even if you have roasted your coffee and ground it in advance,  I promise it will most likely be superior to whatever you find at the resort you go to.  If they have a coffee maker in the rooms, you can use their machine.  It won't be terrible!  Almost all of the good coffee is exported.  Local resorts don't usually carry the best of the best, and more often carry the worst of the dregs.  They think it's good, but we know better.  And many of us travellers have found that resorts think we all like Nescafe.  Blech.  One- or two-week old SM coffee that is pre-ground is still so much better than most of what you will find in the world.   Have fun. And congratulations! Dorian  From: homeroast-request at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
Subject: Homeroast Digest, Vol 49, Issue 14
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Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:00:01 -0600

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From: lynnebiz at gmail.com
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Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 10:28:39 -0500
Subject: [Homeroast] OT: Bringing Homeroast into Mexico (& a delightful	visit fr a SM member!)

Well, I'm getting ready for my daughter's upcoming wedding in Mexico (Isla
Mujeres), which I spoke about a couple of months ago. A recap: my amazing
daughter and her equally amazing fiance decided to have an island wedding &
are also paying my way (since my budget doesn't include a week on a
Mexican-Caribbean island, lol). So, besides trying to come up with a very
special & personal gift idea (which, I think, will turn out very nice
indeed - a personal family cookbook!), I'm now thinking that a week without
my homeroast will be dreadful.
I'm now thinking of bringing some vacuum packed, pre-roasted homeroast with
me. I don't know if it'll get past customs, but I figure the worst that can
happen is that they'd take my precious away from me - eek! - but since my
hand grinder is broken, I'm thinking I'll need to grind it all before we
leave... which doesn't make me happy. However, I'm not sure how else to do
this (besides, hand grinding might be too much for me w/my hand pain, which
has increased along with my increased grey hairs, hahaha), but I'm hoping
that pre-grinding won't end up making my homeroast at the same level of
whatever I could obtain on the island - so I'd like any opinion on this.
About a week ago I had a nice visit from Peter Zulkowski & his lovely wife
(they moved back to the MA after living in AZ for a number of years.). He
brought a truckload (!) of greens that now line my pantry (I feel my meager
lunch offering was not the best I could offer - but family emergencies
prevented me from stocking my fridge with necessary ingredients).
It was so nice to meet with both them - made me wonder if we have other
people on the list who would be interested in a local get-together. I love
to cook - and bake - and although my current brewer (a Vietnamese coffee
pot, which I adore) wouldn't be sufficient for a crowd, we could figure
something out. (I'd want to plan it for *after* my daughter's wedding in
March, of course).

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