I use about a pound of green beans every week.
Usually city roast, and drip grind, to get my day started well.
I buy beans online from www.greencoffeebuyingclub.com
but occaisionally www.greenbeanery.ca . Either way, the effective price is $5-$6/lb and 20% is lost after roasting.
Many geeks swear by www.sweetmarias.com but I haven't used them
I'm somewhat annoyed by the professional tastings, ratings, and rankings. Lots of flowery descriptions and nuances that I cannot discern. It's as if Robert Parker has influenced the entire coffee tasting genre.
However, I have found one descriptor that works for me: Chocolate. If I see that several times in a tasting, I'm likely to buy, if the price is good.
This morning I'll have Oaxaca high grown, bird friendly, fair traded coffee that to me is almost as good as Blue Mountain, but less than one-quarter the price.
i've also had good results from Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, and have heard that Sumatra would be good for me. I didn't like Bali that much.
Does anyone have buying tips for green beans to share?