Hoping to ship my mom a gift basket including a pint or two of cold brewed iced coffee concentrate... is this possible?
The more I think about it the more impossible/impractical it sounds... but she LOVES iced coffee and she gave birth to me. I've gotten hooked on coffee concentrate (method
) and would like to show her the light.
Here are my concerns...
- Shelf stability: while the "brewing" takes place at room temperature, it's then kept in the fridge. Would the concentrate be safe to drink after being at room temperature throughout the shipping process? Could I heat it and seal in a mason jar?
- Container: What kind of sealed container would be best for the concentrate? I tend to keep mine in tupperware but that's not ideal in terms of presentation. Mason jar comes to mind again, but that's certainly not as durable as plastic.
- Carrier: I've never shipped anything more complicated than a flat rate box. Who is most likely to get it there in one piece? Should I overnight it? Any extra special jedi padding techniques? I'm also hoping to include a tumbler, some flavoring syrups, and a couple other goodies, so it may end up being a big package. Cost wise - should i mail the less breakable things separately through a less careful shipping method?
- Giving up: If all else fails, does anyone know a great online or St Louis, MO source for excellent cold brewed coffee? My light googling revealed only $40 options and I'm aware of grocery store refrigerated sweetened products. I've seen (and enjoyed) tazo chai tea concentrates - is there a product similar to that?