¡Adios, Costa Rica! (A summary of supply chain planning)

The first step in any supply chain is source, and in the case of coffee supply chains, this represents the farms that grow the coffee beans. I’m terms of planning, the farms are responsible for things like figuring out the specifics of how the crops are managed. They decide how the crops are planted and…

Coffee Growing Cooperative

When talking about coffee growing companies, there is actually a potential alternative to just a single corporation, and that’s with cooperatives. That is, when a large group of individual coffee growers band together to form a sort of unified collective. The benefits of this is that there’s a certain safety net that each member has…

Sustainability: bananas and pineapples

When talking about the sustainability of a coffee or banana plantation, it would be best to mention how banana plantations try to maximize the production of crop in as small a space as possible, as well as that they use every part of the banana tree. When the pandemic hit, and they could no longer…

Ecotourism in Arenal

When talking about ecotourism in Arenal, it’s easy to compare it to Monteverde. After all, both are located in areas with particularly high biodiversity and lush foliage. However, Arenal specifically has a higher amount of more traditionally ‘tourist’ attractions, like ziplines, rafting, and the like, to attract tourists here specifically. Because there are so many…

Visiting LIFE Monteverde

When visiting a local Monteverde farm today, we learned quite a bit about the Tico farmers who live and work there. For instance, they tend to live very closely with the rest of the farmers, they tend to highly value education, and they take advantage of quite a few modern things, such as tourism and…

Productivity, conservation, and sustainability in Monteverde

When talking about a country or place with natural scenery as beautiful and diverse as it is in Costa Rica, specifically in the Monteverde region, it’s difficult to do so without eventually needing to bring up how said scenery may react to the presence of humanity. Specifically, there are three terms that everyone tends to…

En Route to Monte Verde

Today, we left our first place in Heredia and made our way (via three-hour bus ride) to the beautiful mountaintop region of Monte Verde. Something interesting that I happened to notice as we made our way to the mountainous region is the differences apparent between Costa Rica. In particular, it was rather interesting how different…

Touring Cafe Britt

As indicated by the title, we toured the Café Britt Costa Rica location today. Something interesting that unnoticed about it was that, while the coffee from this location was indeed of high quality, the company seems to put a bit more thought into the presentation of the location and marketing in foreign countries. This, along…

Touring a Coffee Plantation-Thoughts and Reflections

Today, we toured the Doka coffee plantation, home of one of the oldest wet mills in Costa Rica. Our tour guide walked us through the entire process of coffee bean production, from harvesting to packaging. I was honestly surprised at the amount of variation in coffee type that can be produced from one harvest. Not…

First Full Day

Currently, it is the end of my first day here in Costa Rica, and I must say, the country, from what I’ve seen so far, is remarkably scenic. Even though we spent the majority of our time walking around the city today, there was no shortage of things to see. For example, the restaurant we…

¡Hasta pronto, Costa Rica!

As a student involved in the Pitt’s Plus3 program, I will be spending about two weeks studying supply chains and sustainability in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. As my time spent there will potentially change my perspective on a few things, I thought it might be interesting to give my initial impressions of Costa…