After a successful beta test in 2021, Go Fund Bean’s mentorship program returns for 2022 and appears to have a much broader reach. Bean For Bean strives to connect new coffee professionals across the country with seasoned veterans to explore aspects of the industry they might not otherwise have access to. And the 2022 program is now accepting applications.
For the beta, which began in May last year and lasted three months, Bean For Bean matched 15 coffee professionals with mentors from across the industry, including “store owners, SCA employees, coffee equipment technicians, green coffee buyers, and more,” according to the press release, with many of these relationships continuing to this day, approximately six months after the program officially closed.
Now officially launched, Go Fund Bean will not cap the number of people who can participate in Bean For Bean in 2022. This year’s program, which will double in length from last year, will continue to operate primarily through one-to-one connections. between mentors and mentees, who “will be matched according to their interests and geographical proximity”. Each paired group will develop clear goals and milestones based on the needs and wants of the mentee, and participants will also have access to a Discord group to connect with the rest of their cohorts.
Program manager Jenn Chen had this to say:
We learned a lot during our beta phase last summer and have incorporated participant feedback into our official program. We are delighted to connect seasoned and new coffee professionals in all areas covered by specialty coffee. From retail to education to communications, Bean for Bean offers professional advice and development to coffee professionals who need it.
For those who wish to participate in Bean For Bean, as a mentor or mentee, can apply now until Sunday January 23 via this link. For more information, visit the official Go Fund Bean website.
Zac Cadwalader is Sprudge Media Network’s Managing Editor and a Dallas-based writer. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.