Sustaining Costa Rican Coffee

Throughout this trip, I have learned a lot about sustainability in the Costa Rican coffee industry. Perhaps the most interesting application of sustainable practices was those used on some coffee farms, especially on Life Monteverde. After causing massive deforestation during their prime industrialization period, the agricultural industry in Costa Rica on the whole has made…

Cooperative Coffee

By combining resources through a cooperative, smaller coffee growers are able to reach more people and more easily sell their coffee. For these farmers, collaborating in this manner allows them to have an easier way to roast and sell their coffee. Their primary responsibility simply lies in growing high quality coffee and transporting it to…

Technology at ICAFE

Through years of research and collecting data from every coffee producer in Costa Rica, the Institute of Café (ICAFE) has been able to accumulate a large knowledge base about coffee while developing useful technologies. One interesting development has been their ability to analyze both the soil and the green coffee beans. For the soil, they…

Monteverde: Then and Now

When the Quakers first arrived to the Monteverde region in 1951, the area was not even close to being as developed as it is today. The “roads” up the mountain were essentially small trails, and they didn’t go up as far as they do now. Because of this lack of development, the Quakers decided to…

Engineering for the Environment

After hearing from the farmers at Life Monteverde and seeing the coffee farm, I cleared up a lot of misconceptions I had  prior to the visit about being a coffee farmer. The thought process and methodology that Tico farmers use when growing their crops is very much centered around problem solving, especially when dealing with…

Pura Vida en Monteverde

While traveling through Costa Rica, it’s interesting to observe the many sides of this extraordinarily diverse country. Yesterday, we had the chance to explore one of Costa Rica’s most urbanized areas by touring the capital of San Jose. Today, however, we saw the other side of Costa Rica while driving through the mountains and rain…

Exploring San Jose

San Jose is a very unique city because of both the influences of the coffee and banana industries and some of it’s rural and outdated practices that aren’t found in most modern cities. The most noticeable influence of coffee and banana companies on San Jose is the railroad that connects the city to the Caribbean…

Sustainability in Cafe Britt

Although Café Britt is clearly a very successful company with stores in many countries, it is fairly uncommon for the Ticos in its home country to drink it. This is probably because Café Britt doesn’t grow the coffee that it roasts. Instead, it purchases the coffee from the growers and then roasts and sells it….

Changes in the Costa Rica’s Economy

After learning more about the history of the Costa Rican government and economy, I am better able to explore the reasoning behind why certain shifts in these areas have occurred in the past several decades. Some questions I was particularly interested in concerned the shift away from dependence on the coffee industry, the rise of…

First Glimpses of Costa Rica

The first thing I noticed about Costa Rica, which also happens to be one of my favorite things about the country so far, is how friendly the Ticos are to everyone. From the moment my host parents, Patricia and Riccardo, leaned in for a hug and “un besito” before even knowing my name, I knew…

Sustainability in Costa Rica

With constant talk about climate change and the ongoing impacts of humans’ actions on the environment, sustainability has become one of the biggest buzzwords of our generation. Although I’ve always been peripherally aware of its significance, I didn’t fully grasp how important it is until learning about how it touches every aspect of our lives….

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…