Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship

While abroad I was able to learn a lot of about the coffee industry and the Costa Rican economy. On this trip, we took many cite visits of coffee plantations, mills, and roasters. Through this we were able to learn exactly how the coffee industry works. We learned each step of the supply chain of…

Adios Costa Rica

Coffee Farms The job of a coffee farm is to plant the coffee bean and wait until it sprouts into a cherry. Doka is the best example of a coffee farm that we visited. Their selling can differ compared to others slightly. Since Doka farms the beans some are higher quality which would cause them…

Dota Dota

A cooperative is another type of way a business can operate. So far none of the coffee places we have visited have been cooperatives. Today’s company, Dota, was the first and last cooperative that we visited. Dota is a very large cooperative with over 900 coffee farms. This way of operation has many advantages and…

Benefits of Roasting Coffee

Costa Rica’s coffee trade has greatly impacted Costa Rica with benefits. Unlike many other countries, Costa Rica’s coffee farms are small family owned farms, versus large company owned plantations. This might not seem like a benefit but it turns out it actually is. It creates less competition between farms since there is more land available…

I forgot my jacket

The work of the Quakers has greatly impacted Monteverde since their arrival in 1951. Their work has positively impacted Monteverde. One of the main things that they did was start to preserve the forests. Besides protecting wildlife, this movement has actually had other benefits. It has brought in many tourists to the area. This ultimately…

Don Guillermo

After visiting Life Monteverde my view of the life of Zico Farmers changed. At Life Monteverde they really emphasized how much they loved what they did. Working on the farm can be challenging but they take pride in what they do. They seemed very proud of what the farm has turned into. They are all…

Day 5

On our lovely drive through the mountains today a few things caught my attention. It seemed as if the communities are very isolated from other communities. Houses would appear in chunks and then there would be nothing for a while, and then more groups of houses. There didn’t seem to be as many shops and…

San Josè

The coffee and banana industry has greatly influenced San Josè. It has enabled their economy to grow and blossom into what it is today. They have been able to create competitive industries that are known world wide. It is also easy for San Josè to specialize in these industries because of the soil that the…

Day 3

Tourist love Cafe Britt. This is because they reach out to tourist internationally. They are also a well known company that doesn’t focus just on coffee. They are involved in the chocolate business and travel goods. Costa Rican’s don’t typically drink Britt coffee. This is because Britt doesn’t necessarily target Costa Rican’s as much as…

Why Things are in Costa Rica’s Economy

Why is Costa Rica a right sided economy? Costa Rica’s economy is centered right. They have limited productive resources, so they specialize in what they have available. It is also a very small state. Costa Rica is a tiny country so they don’t need as many government regulations. The government still has a say in…

Day 1

Today we explored the city of Heredia. It was a good day, I got to talk to a lot more people on the trip and everyone seems to be very nice. While exploring the city, I was able to see how friendly the local Costa Ricans are. Many people went up to kids in our…

Costa Rica’s Sustainability

Costa Rica’s initiatives as an outsider effects my perception of the country. It makes me believe that they are very conscious people that take pride in the environment. Costa Rica has invested a ton of money into wind and solar power. Because of this most of Costa Rica’s energy is carbon neutral. All of the…

Meet Plus3 Costa Rica 2018!

Welcome to the Costa Rica Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Professor Ryan Teeter and Laura Caroll, Academic Advisor, are traveling to the Costa Rican Central Valley, Monteverde, and Tarrazu with 24 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 5 – May 19. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will…