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AUG-SEP 2019

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P r o d e v L i k e a P r o 81 people, business owners, and vendors come from all over the United States and the world to learn, teach, sell, and have fun. The cost of a full pass to Expo (which includes trade-show access and conferences classes and lectures; workshop and hands-on classes are typically an extra cost) was between $255 and $395 at the 2019 Expo in Boston, with the price tag dependent on SCA membership status and early bird discounts. However, many coffee pros gain a pass through volunteer work, either at the show itself or through baris- ta-facing companies. Baristas are especially in demand to work booths during the show, which comes with a pass and a paycheck; contact companies you like and whose products you're familiar with about possible opportunities. In addition to educational content, Expo is an immersive experience that can really open minds to all that the coffee industry has to offer. Prodev Like a Pro It's easy to get stuck in the idea that professional development comes with a hefty fee and hews closely to a few pre-established pathways, but in fact, it's a wide-open world of opportunity, as variable as the professionals who make up our diverse industry. This piece touches on just a handful of pathways, specifi cally those that have the potential to be affordable even to coffee pros and companies who don't necessarily have a lot of income to spare on their development. This is far from an exhaustive list, but by now, you can see the range of ways that coffee professionals can continue to develop their careers past the training necessary for their day-to-day. Furthering one's education and finding new challenges is crucial in engagement and to retention for many of coffee's most valuable workers. /hellosweetbird

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