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What do you say about someone who does something as a hobby, but has higher knowledge than others and can transfer his/her hobby into a profession?

Example sentence: "Adam has superior knowledge about coffee. He's a ____"

I thought about Expert or Professional, but they feel too high on the spectrum.

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    enthusiast or amateur or neophyte
    – Carly
    Apr 25, 2019 at 21:35
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    A craftsperson or artisan, maybe. Or specialist.
    – user323578
    Apr 25, 2019 at 21:48
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    In Photography we would say "serious amateur", or possibly "serious enthusiast" Apr 25, 2019 at 22:06
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connoisseur

a person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in an art, particularly one of the fine arts, or in matters of taste:

a connoisseur of modern art.

a discerning judge of the best in any field:

a connoisseur of horses.

aficionado

an ardent devotee; fan, enthusiast.

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