If the devotee feels that, "I can be Krishna Conscious without the association of devotees." it is very dangerous situation. More we separate from devotees, more we bounded by the attacks of Maya. The material world is designed to struggle to exist. So, Srila Prabhupada made the situation minimum by having Krishna conscious temples, communities and farm projects, so devotees can live in association with devotees.
When we associate with devotees we slowly-slowly get to know about their great qualities and thus we give up our envious nature.
In Chaitanya Caritamrta Lord Caitanya says that sadhu-sanga, the association of a great saintly person, is very important, because even if one is not advanced in knowledge, simply by association with a great saintly person one can immediately make considerable advancement in spiritual life.
A devotee should always aspire to live in the association of advanced devotees and engage in the service of the Lord through the parampara system.
An intelligent person should reject all bad association and instead take up the association of saintly devotees, whose words cut off the excessive attachment of one's mind.
Through the association of devotees, one can engage in the service of the Lord by hearing and chanting. Thus one can revive his dormant Krishna consciousness and sticking to the cultivation of Krishna consciousness, return home, back to Godhead, even in this life.