Service With A Smile.

Well, it’s official. The trip is over, but with every ending comes a new beginning. New friends, new foods, new places and new memories. All I’m extremely grateful for. This trip has taught me so much especially in terms of the supply chain, specifically service. During my adventures, I learned just how service is impacted…

‘Brew’tiful Cooperation!

As we are nearing the end of our trip we had only one more business trip left. A unique farm that was very different from the rest of our visits. Dota, a coffee cooperative of multiple farms in the local area that had decided to work together in order to keep up with competition. This…

Apples to Oranges, or rather Coffee to Bananas!

For today we visited two different kinds of plantations. Pineapples and Bananas! Both were awesome and really shed some light on the supply chain of simpler products like native fruits in the country. Because of this I’d like to compare and contrast the supply chain between the local fruit farms to the coffee farms we’ve…

Adventures, Arenal, and Alberto!

They’re a lot of similarities between the cloud forest in MonteVerde and the hanging bridges of Arenal. To start, they are both huge tourist attractions for each respective area. They also act as tools for conservation for local ecosystems. Speaking of, these areas both are home to tons of wildlife and are extremely biodiverse. This…

Losing Green to Save Green

Today we had an in depth look at what it’s like as a life of a farmer. We, the Costa Rican Pitt plus 3 program, went to a farm named Union Varsan de monte verde. The man presenting to us was the owner of the farm and his name was Don Guillermo. As a result,…

Conservation For The Next Generation

Costa Rica is a gorgeous country with a huge ecosystem. An ecosystem that is very gentle and home to hundreds of different species of wildlife. Along with this the ecosystem provides farmers with nutrient rich soil. Perfect for crops! The ecosystem also so happens to be a huge draw for tourists. This is why sustainability…

Moving to the mountains!

Hola! Today we left Heredia and embarked on a long journey to Monte Verde. The bus ride was around 3 hours long total, but was split into two parts. Both halves were around a hour and a half each. Along the way the bus encountered twists and turns over valleys through the countryside allowing us…

Bright, brilliant, and Britt

From what I’ve learned from visiting Café Britt, it seems that Tica’s view Café Britt as something for tourists. Despite their popularity, Café Britt aims to attract buyers from around the world rather than at home. In Costa Rica they are seen as the equivalent of a Starbucks, but to the rest of the world…

Coffee, the Heart of Costa Rica

Hola! Today, we visited the Doka coffee farms in Alajuela, and thanks to Pitt plus 3 we were lucky enough to tour the plantation. It is the oldest wet mill in Costa Rica and famous for its delicious coffee. Besides the brief summary from Dr. Teeter during the pre departure meetings, I had very little…

¡Feliz cumpleaños en Costa Rica!

Hola! Costa Rica so far is amazing, but it did give me a few first impressions. To start, the country’s people seem to be very hospitable. From the very moment we got here almost everyone has had a positive attitude towards us. We may get a few passing looks, but the amount of people that…

¡Hola Costa Rica!

¡Hola! My name is Liam Bastian and I’m a business major. As an outsider I view Costa Rica’s initiatives as impressive and very cool. To be honest, it makes me want to visit the country more. I love environmental conservation efforts and to see a major country coming up with a plan for a better…