The vac sealed beans worked well. The one thing that I would like better is to make smaller packages. As it was, the beans ended up packed and sealed in an elongated fashion, wasting a good bit of the bag material. We’ve never tried trimming the bags in half, and resealing the edges, but I may on a future journey.
The coffee produced from the vac sealed beans was just as I would have anticipated. I still had to rely on a ziplock bag. Due to the wastefulness, I ended up sealing twice the mass of beans I’d use each day, 44 grams instead of 22 grams. My thinking was that I could more easily divide in half than do otherwise. If I can get the bags smaller, I’ll go with 22 gram portions for a ~10 ounce Aeropress. The 22 gram ration made a nice cup. I’d like to play more, but it will be a while before I have a suitable morning to do such a thing.
I leave you with one photo taken on our trip. It was shot Sunday night from the steps of Dixon Chapel, nestled in the mountains. In the distance, you can make out part of the roof of a barn that bears the Mail Pouch Tobacco advertisement. There is a bit of a blur, but try taking a shot on the edge of a porch while holding a wiggly 19 month old! I’m going to return there to get a few more pictures, including one for our family history. The great-great-great grandfather of my wife is buried in the cemetery in view.