I think that youve just got to get yourself a job, either part or full time and get into the industry. Once youre in the industry, I think youll be surprised at the people youll meet and the opportunities youll get to grow your knowledge and experience. I guess, look around at the cafe names that are being held up as places who are making exceptional coffee and see what they are looking for in the way of staff. Even if you do only just start serving the drinks out to customers at first.
Even being a humble small country town barista in the middle of NSW, I am amazed at how I know so many people in the industry and so many of them are willing to be friendly and helpful with sharing their knowledge and passion.
Of course, Coffeesnobs has been a big part of the knowledge base as well! So, stick around here, you might learn something!
Good luck with it all! :)