Final Days in Costa Rica

After my 2 weeks here in Costa Rica I have learned a plethora amount of information relating to the design process for each step of the supply chain process. Firstly, I will discuss my experience with the first step starting at the farm. At the farm one may not expect marketing to be a useful…

Dota and its Impact on the Community

Today we visited Coope Dota which focuses on the production of coffee. Coope Dota differs from other plantations we have visited as they work under a cooperative. A cooperative does not grow their own coffee, but instead collects their coffee from 900 small family farms within the community. Dota requires at least 1 hector of…

The Work on Differing Plantations

Today we visited both a banana and a pineapple plantation which made today the first day that we visited a plantation that did not grow or relate to the production and selling of coffee. After today it has become clear to me that coffee has to be protected much more than fruits like bananas and…

The Adaption of Tourism in Arenal

Today we visited the rainforest in Arenal and took a hike through it and across a plethora of hanging bridges. The rainforest here in Arenal has many similarities to the cloud forest we visited previously in Monteverde along with having some distinct differences. Firstly, to discuss the similarities both the cloud forest and rain forest…

The Life and Motivations of a Tico Farmer

Today we visited Life Monteverde which is a coffee plantation right outside of the border of Monteverde. Here we participated in a tour with Don Guillermo, the same man who presented about sustainability yesterday. Here on the Life Monteverde plantation we learned about the lives of the farmers along with the coffee pickers and the…

Sustainability in Monteverde

Today we visited the cloud forest reserve and were able to tour the forest for around 3 hours. This tour was extensive with the guide teaching all of us about the different animals and plants that we would see, especially how all of the different living creatures would need each other to survive. For instance,…

First Day in Monteverde

Today we took the 3 hour drive up a mountain to Monteverde which differs from Heredia in many ways. Firstly, Monteverde is not a big city like Heredia this is largely due to the fact that it is not easy to create cities this high in the mountains due to the very steep landscape as…

Cafe Britt Visit

Today we visited Cafe Britt’s headquarters which is a very popular and known coffee here in Costa Rica. Cafe Britt is the the part of the supply chain which roasts the coffee and then sells under the Cafe Britt name. Unlike the Doka Estate which mainly focuses on the growing of the coffee, but then…

Doka Plantation Visit

Today we visited the Doka Estate Coffee Plantation and learned about the process that is taken to harvest the coffee plants and the processing of the coffee fruit. Firstly we learned about how the coffee is collected, which is all by hand. During the season when the coffee berries are ripe, starting in October, pickers…

1st Day in Heredia

My first impressions on Costa Rica are overall good, especially after today. Yesterday the impressions were mixed, but I think that was overall because I wasn’t expecting the rain to be so heavy, which I am now even more prepared for, and I was very tired which made it difficult to be as fully in…

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As I learn about Costa Rica’s high ranking within the top countries for “environmental sustainability” my perception of Costa Rica does become altered. Previously, I had very little knowledge on Costa Rica and only knew about the tourism aspect of the country; however, learning about Costa Rica throughout the pre-departure meetings and learning this new…