Before you actually roast with a basket, make sure it won't lose any beans. Put a batch of beans in the basket,(1/4 - 1/3 full), and rotate without heat for several minutes. This will show you most any problem that the basket may have.
Some things to consider when ordering green beans:
I always add the cost of shipping to the cost of the beans and divide by the pounds of beans to get the cost per pound. This cost per pound is very influential when I'm looking to buy green beans.
A first time roaster shouldn't be afraid to order 5 lbs. of one type of coffee to start, I suggest to search for sampler kits of green beans. Some sites do offer this.http://www.greencoffees.com/
This is where I started out. I ordered 5 different 5lb. bags, free shipping with 25lbs or more).
They have sampler packs as well.
The next address is where I ordered my last 50lb bag of coffee.http://ourcoffeebarn.com/wholesale/index.php?cPath=3_28
The Kona coffee came from:http://www.shop.sweetokolecoffeecompany.com/category.sc?categoryId=2
I purchased 2lbs. and we enjoy this expensive coffee once a month or so.
My next exotic coffee will probably be Jamaican Blue Mountain. The buying of expensive coffee is very limited in our budget.
And you might want to check into "Kopi Luwak", or "Civet coffee". This is the most expensive coffee in the world according to what I've read. But if you look it up you'll see why the Bob family won't be ordering any! The process that these beans go through before shipping is different, I must say!
I hope that I have been able to give you some ideas, or inspirations.
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