Bringing the Bean to the Customer

As part of the “Make” team, farms were especially interesting because they are where the supply chain begins. They make the crop that other companies down the line use. Visiting the coffee, banana, and pineapple plantations, I learned that the processes to grow, or, make each crop contain a lot of checks and balances. Coffee…

Day 4 – Boats Ashore and Where They Store

The fourth day started with another bus trip to Limassol. We arrived at a water port for cruise liners owned by DP World, Dubai Ports World. Here we received two presentations, one from DP World and one from P&O Maritime. It was very early in the morning, so it was very hard for me to…

Costa Rica Recap

The supply chain is a process vital to our way of life. The opportunity to analyze it in relation to coffee, bananas, and pineapples over the past two weeks was incredibly interesting. Each step along the supply chain relates to design, the topic that my group got to analyze this trip. Focusing on coffee, the…

One Last Pura Vida

During the last two weeks, I think the most interactive coffee experience we got was Don Guillermo’s tour of LIFE Monteverde. Even though it was not a big farm like Doka or Cafe Britt, it was more personal with the interviews and walking all around the farm. Over the last two weeks, I have learned…

Day 11 in Cyprus

To kick off our last day in Cyprus, I had my very last cappuccino from the hotel espresso machine. After breakfast, we all headed to the bus which then took us back to Zygi to tour Cyprus’ largest cement factory and hear from Vassiliko Port and VTTV. I had previously seen the cement factory in…

Day 11: one last prayer before loading

Today, we started our day at Basiliko Port and we talked to VTTV and Basiliko Cement Company. I learned about the process of making cement from beginning to end. First, they started by brining in limestone and other rocks from their quarry. Then, they put it through the first grinder to cut up the big…

Final Blog: Service in Costa Rica

My team’s topic was service which deals with how companies can maintain returning customers and produce a product people actually want. Throughout our trip, we have taken many tours which showcase a different part of the coffee supply chain. This is what I’ve learned about each step in the chain as it relates to my…

Cyprus 2’s Last (Full) Day in Cyprus!

Today was the last full day we had in Cyprus. It was bittersweet to say the least. I am excited to go back home and spend time with my family but this trip was so much fun. I met so many people and learned so much, I will definitely think about doing another program next…

Day 10: human centered design is everywhere

I started the morning by going to the coffee shop, Coffee Berry, since we had a slightly later start to the day. I was able to get an iced latte, and it was hands down the best coffee I have ever had in my entire life. Then, we headed to pwc for our presentations by…

Day 11

The final day. Our day started at 8 AM with a visit to the Port of Vasilikos. We started by hearing from Vasiliko Cement Works on their supply chain and how they make concrete. I never thought I would be interested in this topic, but Vasiliko Cement Works did an amazing job keeping us engaged…

Day 9: a blast from the past

Today, we crossed the border to North Cyprus where there is currently a Turkish occupation. The first stop was the old city of Famagusta. It was like walking into a time capsule from 50 years ago because it was like a real ghost town. The buildings were stuck in the old age, you could see…

Day 10

Today started off spectacularly, as it was our latest departure of the trip so far: 11 AM. Our first stop was PwC, a consulting firm that is a leader in design thinking and innovation. As we ascended their elevators once we arrived, i could immediately tell this visit was going to be different than all…

Day 11: Goodbye to Our Little Heaven

Yiasas! It’s officially the last day and I’m super sad to be leaving. I’ve grown super attached to Cyprus. I know I’m gonna be craving pita, souvlaki, tzatziki, and especially halloumi when I get back home. None of it will taste as good as it does here.  This morning we had company visits with Vassiliko…

Alexa, Play “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran

(5/17/22) As I said in my previous post, it is getting sadder and sadder that this trip is quickly approaching its end. Today was the last day of cultural visits planned by our program, and it was definitely the most scenic and beautiful site that we have seen. After meeting at 8:30 AM, we departed…

How is it over already?

Last full day? What? Today we had two company visits, although they presented in the same facility, and some free time at the beach. We actually started our day with a Covid test! So fun, I know. Luckily, we were all negative and don’t have to be locked in a Cyprian hotel for the next…

Day 11: Fin

What a quick two weeks it has been. It is already time to leave the tiny island of Cyprus. For our last day we had a visit to Vasiliko Port. Vasiliko Port is used by two company’s who presented to us. These companies were VTTV and a concrete manufacturing company. Both of these companies share…

Day Eleven: Goodbye Cyprus :(

Today was sadly our last day in Cyprus, but at least it was another surprise beach day. It really hit me that this trip, simultaneously the longest yet fastest one I’ve been on, was coming to an end. Everything I did today was a nostalgic last, but it was a great way to end the…

Day 11: Our Last Day in Cyprus!

Today was our last day in Cyprus! We started off early to get in our COVID tests before coming home (all negative!). We then went back to Zygi, where we had fish mezze earlier in the trip, to see Vassiliko Cement and VTTV, a shipping company with a location at the Zygi Port. We got…

Day 11 in Cyprus; 4/19/2022

My last day in Cyprus, unfortunately, has arrived! While I am sad to leave this island and all of the wonderful people and places it holds, I am excited to see my family. I have not been home since spring break back in the first week of March, so I am excited to spend some…

Hitting the Beach!

My time in Cyprus has sadly come to an end. Throughout my two weeks here, I have learned so much about Cypriot culture and business/ engineering practices and gotten to know my peers and instructors. I am happy to say that I will be leaving this trip with not only a lot of knowledge but…