Final Sale

First in the coffee supply chain is the coffee farms. Coffee farms grow the coffee cherries. The cherries are harvested when red. From there, the coffee cherries are sold to a coffee mill to be processed and dried. The higher the quality of the cherries, the better the price the farm will be able to…

Coffee Carousel

Nestled in the mountains in the Tarrazú region of Costa Rica, the small town of Santa Maria de Dota is home to the coffee cooperative of Coopedota. A cooperative preforms all the functions of a coffee producer, miller and roaster but is not a single company. A cooperative is group of smaller producers who pool…

ICAFE (No, this is not a new Apple Product)

Today we got to visit the National Coffee Institution of Costa Rica also known as ICAFE. All members of the coffee supply chain (growers, millers, roasters, exporters, etc.) have to register with ICAFE who in turn makes sure that all government regulations regarding the coffee trade are met. ICAFE also works on researching new methods…

Building a Mountain Community

Monteverde roughly translates to “green mount”. This name reflects the lush cloud forests and rich biodiversity that covers the mountain. Ironically, the name was actually selected through vote by the Quakers who settled there.  While the Quakers were not the first people to inhabit the mountain, their efforts turned it into the town it is…

Farming the Tico Way

Today we visited Life Monteverde, a sustainability program located on a family run farm in Monteverde, Costa Rica. The owner of the farm is Don Guillermo, who grew up on a farm in Monteverde and now co-runs the program with his siblings. The life of a tico farmer is a simple one. They focus on…

From Busy Streets to Dirt Roads

Today we made the 3.5 hour drive to Monteverde. This drive was not the typical highway-for-miles drive. Instead, we went through mountains, around curves, and up dirt roads which was quite the adventure. The view of the surrounding valley was incredible. It was also interesting to see how the landscape, communities and people changed as…

Coffee+Bananas=City

Today we visited the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose. San Jose is located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, an area surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. The area was influenced heavily by the coffee and banana plantations in the area which thrives due to the fertile volcanic soil. The evidence of this influence…

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

Today we visited two coffee businesses, Doka and Café Britt. Doka is focused on coffee growing while Café Britt is focused more on coffee roasting. Each company takes a different approach to business despite being parts of the same supply chain. Doka is a supplier’s supplier. They grow and process the whole bean to prepare…

Crash Course in Costa Rican Economics

Today our Plus3 Costa Rica group attended a guest lecture by Dr. Juan Diego Sánchez Sánchez, a specialist on the Costa Rican economy and history. He presented an abridged version of the history of the Costa Rican economy and brief  introduction into economics. During this lecture, we were presented with the “what”, “how” and “when”…

Tico Training

Today was our first full day in Costa Rica and it was quite eventful. We ate breakfast with our host family, enjoying our first of many gallo pintos. Then we walked to the Universidad Latina, where we met up with Prof. Teeter, Laura, and the rest of our group for a safety and orientation presentation….

Sustainability in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a consistent worldwide leader in environmental sustainability. With its major agricultural industry, Costa Rica has taken many steps to increase the sustainability of its businesses and plantations as well as insure the well-being of its amazing forests and natural wonders for generations to come. One of these steps is the use of…

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…