Hasta Luego Costa Rica

Since my topic was make, the majority of what I’ve learned the past two weeks relative to my topic has been in the coffee and banana plantations. Throughout this trip, I have learned the processes of growing coffee cherries and bananas and how to harvest them. Coffee cherries are grown, then picked from November to…

Becoming a Banana Plantation Worker

In terms of supply chain of coffee and bananas, they each have similarities and differences. Coffee beans are sourced by purchasing seeds and planting them to create coffee plants. Bananas are all clones of each other in order to create similar looking fruits to be sold. Both coffee and banana plantations have to plan a…

Developing Resistant Coffee Plants

ICAFE is a part of the Costa Rican government that focuses on research and development of controlling diseases throughout the coffee plants. During our trip, we saw that they were studying 5 major diseases that affected the plants around the country, one of which being the coffee rust. To combat those diseases they are looking…

The Growing Ecotourism in Costa Rica

When the Quakers first came to Costa Rica in 1951, they immediately recognized the importance of the conservation of the forests. They ended up placing about a third of their land, about 1,300 acres, in a reserve called The Watershed Property. In that reserve they cared for it together by keeping the boundary lines cut…

A Day in the Life of Don Guillermo

While visiting Life Monteverde, we met a Tico farmer, Don Guillermo. Don Guillermo spends his time farming coffee and teaching students and other farmers about sustainability. As a small farmer, he has to compete with larger farms. To compete, he focuses on sustainability and the environmental impact rather than the amount of coffee produced. He…

Travel to Monteverde

Throughout the bus ride to Monteverde, we were able to look at many different communities both by the Pacific coast and the mountain rainforest. On the Pacific coast, the communities looked very impoverished. I saw a little boy walking down the street without shoes and only in his underwear with his mom following behind him….

Day Trip to San Jose

While in San Jose, I didn’t see many influences to the coffee or banana trade other than the coffee shop I went to using Café Britt coffee. Other than that, I saw a few things in common between Pittsburgh and San Jose. Although San Jose is not as city-like as Pittsburgh, they both have lots of…

Cuando está en Costa Rica… beba café

Although made in Costa Rica, Café Britt coffee is not particularly popular among Ticos.  Café Britt focuses on creating gourmet coffee while being environmentally friendly and sustainable. Ticos normally do not drink coffee from Café Britt because it is very expensive. Most of the gourmet coffee is advertised to other countries and then the lower…

Culture of Costa Rica

Today in Heredia, we learned about the history and culture of Costa Rica. In the culture presentation, Dr. Laura Ramirez said that Costa Rica was known for being a country of peace and natural resources and I couldn’t agree more. Every Tico that we have encountered over the past two days has always been very…

¡Bienvenidos a Costa Rica!

My first day in Heredia was hot and humid, with a touch of sleep deprivation. My expectations prior to arriving in Costa Rica was primarily based off of my experiences in Belize last summer. I assumed there would be a few major “highways” that were really just two-way streets with dirt roads branching off of…

Sustainability in Costa Rica

¡Hola! My name is Amelia Dubendorf and I’ll be traveling to Costa Rica with Pitt Plus3! At Pitt, I’m a mechanical engineering major with a minor in Spanish.  In Costa Rica, the Plus3 program will be focusing on supply chains in industries such as coffee and bananas. To prepare for my trip, I did some…

Meet Plus3 Costa Rica 2019!

Welcome to the Costa Rica Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Professor Ryan Teeter and Brandi Gongaware, Admissions and Recruiting Coordinator, are traveling to the Costa Rica Central Valley, Monteverde, and Tarrazu with 24 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 4th-May 18th. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will…