I've been roasting for several years now and am interested in knowing where people buy their green beans and what kind they get. Now I'll have to come clean off the top that we only drink decaf coffee (i can feel the withering stares already ;o) but that's just our physiology, caffeine doesn't agree with us. But we still like to maximize our coffee-drinking pleasure within that limited universe. That's why I roast.
I started getting beans shipped out from Toronto but managed to find a source in Victoria - Percy at Mirage Roastery (he has 4 coffee shops) sells me green beans from Peru. Organic, fair-trade, Swiss-water (SW) decaf. But that's all he's got in decaf. Frankly, I've gone about as far as I can go with the Peru beans (it's good, though) and I'd like to branch out a bit. I've roasted Sumatra, Colombia and Kona beans in the past and the flavours are quite different but they came from far-away sources. I'm really keen on finding good sources close to home (Victoria or maybe Vancouver) for a nice variety of green beans.
So my question to all you Victoria home roasters: where do you get your beans? Can you get them locally? Is there a wide selection, wherever you get them? How about cost?
PS If you haven't already visited Sweet Maria's website, there's a wealth of information there for home roasters, so no home roaster should miss visiting this site. They also sell beans but it's in the US so shipping makes it expensive.