Okay, I read every review of every bean mentioned -- and many more! And I have come to my ordering decision. It is: 2 lbs Mexican FTO Chiapas Special Lot (tolerant of the widest variety of roasts) 8 lb Sampler Pack (lots of good stuff to play with!) 1 'Harvey' shipping (I'm not in any particular hurry, and shipping costs quickly eat your lunch.) Who knows if it's the "right" order? Who cares!? As you all have said: buying beans from SM is never a mistake. I'll have the chance to fool around with roast levels on a single bean, and I'll have a variety of, um, varietals to sample from around the world. It's the best of all possible worlds (to quote Voltaire). I'll get to pick and choose what works for me ... and the chance to find/explore new territory (heck, it's ALL new territory for a noob!). I can't wait to get started. Thank you all for your valued and valuable insights. I only hope that as I improve my skills and experience I can help boost some other newbie along as you all have done for me. I'll report my progress along my journey. Thanks to all once again. Tom.