Martin Hildebrandt, Cafe Europa

After the welcoming ceremony Martin Hildebrant spoke about “Expanding Your Toolbox.” He wasn’t necessarily talking about a physical toolbox, however, but the one kept between your ears, your mind.
“If you keep doing what you have always done, you’re very likely to keep getting the same results you are getting,” Martin said.
He also asked the attendees to think about what it means to be a barista and what they hope the definition of a barista will expand to include in the future. This will be a theme throughout the weekend. “Your mind is like a full glass of water,” Martin said, “if you share your knowledge you create space to learn something new. You can’t pour more water into a full glass, and some people have their glasses turned upside.”

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