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Old 12-23-2009   #16 (permalink)
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Yes, bringing coffee from home for personal consumption is fine.

Just a piece of advice: If you do bring coffee in from home, please make sure it's in your carry on and not your checked luggage. Certain items are flagged at security like coffee (used to mask the smell of drugs), and cat litter (used as a binding agent in making homemade bombs). If you have these items in your luggage, there is a good chance they will hold your luggage back, and do a full videotaped search. It's actually pretty serious.

And if they instigate a search, usually they just pull all your bags off the flight and re-book you. It's not fun.

I have certainly brought coffee back from Jamaica in my checked
bags post 9/11. had no idea it might cause a problem.

Now the cat litter thing should attract some attention.. very strange to check a bag of cat litter with no cat especially.
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I bring coffee in checked luggage. I have never been very happy with Mexican coffee, probably because I tried the wrong brands!
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I have tried the Blason and the Garat, didn't like them.

We usually bring Tim Hortons ground coffee from home...sometimes we bring cream too.
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Yes, bringing coffee from home for personal consumption is fine.

Just a piece of advice: If you do bring coffee in from home, please make sure it's in your carry on and not your checked luggage. Certain items are flagged at security like coffee (used to mask the smell of drugs), and cat litter (used as a binding agent in making homemade bombs). If you have these items in your luggage, there is a good chance they will hold your luggage back, and do a full videotaped search. It's actually pretty serious.

And if they instigate a search, usually they just pull all your bags off the flight and re-book you. It's not fun.
I travel to Mexico many times in the year. Perhaps 6 trips most years. My suitcases are always searched. They never pull me off the flight or hold the luggage back. However they clearly don't mind how much damage they do to my stuff during the search or when they throw everything back in the suitcase and make a half hearted and sometimes failed effort to close it.

Yes on occasion my luggage looks like a bomb when viewed using x-ray and so the search is warranted, but not the theft and damage.

...and Java Joes close to 10th and 10th sells coffee. You can even buy a cup ready made and then buy the coffee to take home if you like it.
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My suitcases are always searched.
Michael - you just have "the look".

Oh, and I always put coffee in my checked luggage, no problems thus far.
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Yes, bringing coffee from home for personal consumption is fine.

Just a piece of advice: If you do bring coffee in from home, please make sure it's in your carry on and not your checked luggage. Certain items are flagged at security like coffee (used to mask the smell of drugs), and cat litter (used as a binding agent in making homemade bombs). If you have these items in your luggage, there is a good chance they will hold your luggage back, and do a full videotaped search. It's actually pretty serious.

And if they instigate a search, usually they just pull all your bags off the flight and re-book you. It's not fun.

wow that is some nasty stuff

there is great coffee here
but not in any grocery store that is easy access
i buy from a local roaster, a lovely italian woman
her beans and roasting are impeccable
all mexican, all the time

my favorite, recommended by la jefa: an organic medium roast from oaxaca
starbucks??
costs five or six times more, and frankly is not as good
and i love starbucks

i can hook anyone up who wants to sample the local stuff
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snappysammy....I'll definitely be calling on you for that local roaster! I'm such a coffee snob. We had a great local roaster in CT, but not here in MO. I do order from him at the holidays though. I've been going through it really fast and I ordered 15 lbs.
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The tienda, The Big Apple, on AV. 5 between Constituyentes and calle 20 has a HUGE selection of coffee, although maybe not as reasonable priced as elsewhere. Sam's had some Mexican coffee on sale today. Don't remember what brand.
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I have tried the Blason and the Garat, didn't like them.

We usually bring Tim Hortons ground coffee from home...sometimes we bring cream too.
It's just one of those things that is a personal preference, huh... I think T. Ho's is absolutely wretched stuff, I wouldn't drink it if it was free! And yet you take it WITH you! I was happy to find some organic whole milk @ Mega this time in a small single serving container and that did just fine for coffee cream. I wasn't found of the Garat either. Would be interested in the roaster that Snappy speaks of, though, as I get my coffee from local roastery here at home (organic mexican beans roasted locally - nice stuff!!).
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It's just one of those things that is a personal preference, huh... I think T. Ho's is absolutely wretched stuff, I wouldn't drink it if it was free! And yet you take it WITH you! I was happy to find some organic whole milk @ Mega this time in a small single serving container and that did just fine for coffee cream. I wasn't found of the Garat either. Would be interested in the roaster that Snappy speaks of, though, as I get my coffee from local roastery here at home (organic mexican beans roasted locally - nice stuff!!).
So, I'm thinking I may just bring a bag of the local roasted stuff I can get at my co-op, since I know that is good and then see if Starbucks down there will grind it for me.
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Could you please share the contact info of the "lovely italian woman"? Always looking for good café...

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wow that is some nasty stuff

there is great coffee here
but not in any grocery store that is easy access
i buy from a local roaster, a lovely italian woman
her beans and roasting are impeccable
all mexican, all the time

my favorite, recommended by la jefa: an organic medium roast from oaxaca
starbucks??
costs five or six times more, and frankly is not as good
and i love starbucks

i can hook anyone up who wants to sample the local stuff
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Michael - you just have "the look".

Oh, and I always put coffee in my checked luggage, no problems thus far.
It is my luggage that has "the look". If you have a car axle in your luggage, like I did last time; it looks a bit like a bomb on the x-ray. And its probably a dead ringer for a bomb from a James Bond movie.

..and every time I bring a box of those special concrete screws to Mexico (because you can't buy them there). Even my eyes roll. That has to look like a nail bomb, there could be no other explanation.
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Please buy Coffee from Oaxaca. You will be doing oh so much more than you know. The coffee in Oaxaca is shade grown in the mountains. By keeping the coffee fincas prosperous and viable... you are doing all of this:

1. Keeping steep mountainside forests from being burned off to make way for grasslands

2. Keeping families who pick and process the coffee beans employed

3. saving the planet... not adding to the methane CO2 producing cattle population that would occupy the steep mountainsides.... the trees also make much more O2 than the grass...

4. saving the habitat of many species of birds and other animals

A lot of coffee in the world is not shade grown... but the best is shade grown.... very ecologically important.... and a better cup of joe
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