Wakey Wakey

The root of the entire coffee and banana industries can be found in the fields. After touring several coffee farms and the Dole banana plantation, my biggest takeaway is that the growing process is very tedious and requires careful, yet physically demanding work. I’ve learned the steps of growing both crops, from prepping the land…

Reflecting on the Pure Life

Over the past two weeks in Costa Rica I have learned and experienced so much about business, culture, and environment and how they impact the production of coffee and bananas. Both foods have very complex and interesting processes and I had an amazing time going to all the sites to see how they work and…

Costa Rican Conclusions

At the coffee and banana plantation, we were able to see how each company has a unique delivery process, and how within each company they may have different processes for different products. For example, Doka mostly exports its coffee beans to the US, only keeping small amounts to roast and sell under their own company,…

No estoy llorando, estás llorando

I can’t believe my Plus3 experience is coming to a close!  Over these past two weeks, I’ve learned way more than I thought was possible about the coffee industry, seen enough bugs to last a lifetime, and have had some of the most amazing and beautiful experiences.  On the classroom side of things, my group’s…

One Last ‘Pura Vida’

While the coffee industry is mostly streamlined in the way to make and grow coffee innovation is still possible. ICafé is always experimenting with new species and hybrids of coffee. They are able to explore new possible plants that will have better resistance against rust and other diseases. Coffee farms are also experimenting with different…

Goodbye Costa Rica

Over the past two weeks, I’ve seen a lot of Costa Rica and learned a lot about the supply chain. The definition of Design and launching can be narrowed to innovating. Often innovation is found at every level. When we look at the coffee producers or suppliers in the supply chain they innovate by using…

Making a Cup of Coffee

Before a cup of coffee can even be consumed, it must go through a lengthy process of preparation. This means that the supply chain for coffee is very complex. Throughout this trip, as we went on numerous coffee plantation tours, we learned all about the complexity of the supply chain and about how important “making”…

Costa Rica Linda y Querida

During out time in Costa Rica studying the coffee industry, I have made some observations about how coffee is delivered down the supply chain. The supply chain begins at the coffee farms and plantations where coffee chairs are grown and harvested. Workers handpick coffee cherries from the plants until they have filled the baskets they…

Leaving la Pura Vida

These past 2 weeks in Costa Rica have been nothing short of amazing. I’ve learned so much about Costa Rican culture, practiced my Spanish with my host mom, seen some of the most beautiful nature in the world, and of course learned about the intricacies of the coffee and banana industries. Through our tours of…

Adios Costa Rica

Over the past two weeks I have had an amazing time learning about the supply chain of coffee and bananas, as well as Costa Rican culture. My groups topic was source, so we focused on where each step in the supply chain sourced what it needed (materials, labor, equipment, funding, etc.). The first step of…

One Last Pura Vida

The past couple weeks in Costa Rica have opened my eyes to many new ideas including culture, the coffee industry, and sustainability. Prior to this trip, I had almost no knowledge of the coffee and banana industries. These tours have helped me immensely to understand how much planning and strategy goes into growing these crops….

Adios, For Now

Over the last two weeks, we have delved deeper into the supply chain of coffee and bananas than I ever thought was possible. The supply chains widely differ even just between these two crops! Nevertheless, it is certainly enlightening to learn about how much a single product, coffee, altered Costa Rican culture to be the…