5 comments on “High Value Barter Items…

  1. I’ve been looking at those freeze dried ‘bricks’ of coffee, intending to keep them in the freezer until they are ready to be opened. Many say the whole bean vs. ground state is better, but I think having it ready to use would be an easier sell in future barter negotiations.

    I know a few people who can hardly function without at least a cup of coffee in the morning. Several ‘iron rations’ (Alas Babylon book reference) would be a good idea for them

  2. According to a fiction author, little plastic cups with ground coffee in them are easily stored, vacuum sealed, and in portions for a couple cups….personally, I prefer the beans. But to each his own. 🙂

  3. It’s tough to vacuum seal coffee because it outgasses carbon dioxide as it ages after it’s roasted. That’s why the bags have little one-way valves on them.

    Your best bet for long term storage is green coffee beans. The only real problem with that is that once you start roasting them after ITZ, the smell will carry for miles.

  4. The history of the Civil War is replete with accounts of Southern troops trading tobacco with Northern soldiers for coffee.

    I love the Alas, Babylon reference. I first read that book in college 25 years ago. A copy sits prominently on my bookcase.

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