Costa Rica Linda y Querida

During out time in Costa Rica studying the coffee industry, I have made some observations about how coffee is delivered down the supply chain. The supply chain begins at the coffee farms and plantations where coffee chairs are grown and harvested. Workers handpick coffee cherries from the plants until they have filled the baskets they…

Bananas: a Simpler Supply Chain with its own Challenges

Today we visited a banana plantation owned by Dole. The bananas are grown, harvested, and packaged for export on the plantation. This is possible because of the simpler supply chain of bananas and other tropical fruit when compared with coffee. With coffee, the original supplier must first grow coffee plants and harvest the cherries. In…

The Paradox of Costa Rican Coffee

Costa Rica’s coffe industry is host to a great irony. The industry has developed an international reputation for producing premium grade coffee, but the coffee most Costa Rican’s consume represents the lowest quality coffee produced in the nation. This is a consequence of how the coffe industry in Costa Rica developed. Being a small country,…

The delicate balance of Monteverde

Visiting Monteverde and learning about its history while enjoying the beauty of the natural land was incredible. The Quackers that settled in Monteverde during the 1950s had a big impact on how the land came to develop. While they did not always fully understand the importance of conserving natural lands and creating a sustainability community,…

Living life at Life Monte Verde

Today we visited a small coffee farm, Monte Verde Life, which grew out of a collection fo family farmers and has expanded its business to include tours of their farms and education about sustainability. Throughout the day, it was clear to see that the company was committed to sustainability. They protect the biodiversity of the…

Viaje a Monte Verde

Today we traveled outside of the Central Valley to Monte Verde and drove past communities on the Pacific Coast and in the mountainous rainforests of Costa Rica. Visually, the style of most of the houses in the communities along our route was similar to what I had seen in Heredia; single story terra-cotta homes with…

San Jose: a city of rich culture and bad traffic

Today we visited the capital city of Costa Rica, San José. The historical significance of coffee in Costa Rica has made it into a national symbol that can be seen throughout San Jose. Coffee plants line the fountain of Morazan Park and the front of the National Museum of Costa Rica. A mural in the…

Coffee tours and something more

We went on two coffee tours today, one of them at the Doka Estate coffee plantation and the other at a roasting site and visitor center of Cafe Britt. The two companies serve different roles in the coffee supply chain. Doka primarily acts as a supplier, growing coffee plants and exporting the green harvested coffee…

Learning more each day in Heredia

After another day in Costa Rica, I have learned more about the culture here and some unique challenges certain people face. Costa Rican, like many Latin American countries, has a very diverse culture that is influenced by the original indigenous groups that lived here, the Spanish that colonized the area, and Africans that were brought…

Global and Local Influence in Heredia

After a day of exploring Heredia, I feel that I had a fairly good idea of what to expect in the city from what was discussed in pre-departure meetings, images I had googled of the area, and some general knowledge of Latin American culture. However, there were certain things I did not expect or consider…

Costa Rica; Un modelo de un país sostenible

I am excited to travel to Costa Rica this summer as part of the Plus3 program. Having never traveled abroad before, I am hoping that pushing myself into a new and unfamiliar environment will alllow me to build the personal and professional confidence that will help me thrive during my upcoming sophomore year as a…

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…