Blog 11: Hasta Lluego Costa Rica

The past two weeks in Costa Rica has taught me a lot about the coffee industry here in Costa Rica. This large industry comes with a very detailed supply chain, from a plant to the end product that is consumed. My assigned topic was sourcing and this blog will go into detail about how companies…

Blog 10: Cooperatives In Costa Rica

Cooperatives are a way for several companies to pool together resources in order to maximize production or efficiency. Coffee companies often form cooperatives for this reason, and a lot of them have been very successful. An example of a cooperative in Costa Rica is Coopedota, which was formed in 1960. This cooperative is comprised of…

Blog 9: Economic Benefits of Coffee

Ever since coffee was introduced to Costa Rica in 1779, it has played a large role in the country’s economy.  Head of State, Juan Mora Fernández, realized the importance of coffee in international trade and wanted to boost its importance in the economy. So, in 1840 he enacted a land reform policy which made it…

Blog 8: The Life of A Tico Farmer

Our visit to Life (Low Impact for Earth) Monteverde today was a very eye opening experience into the life of a Tico Farmer. The farm at Life Monteverde produces mostly coffee, however they also have land allotted for animals and vegetables. The 42-acre farm was founded in 1989 with a focus on sustainable agriculture in…

Blog 7: Influence of Immigrants on Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been heavily influence by immigrants from North America and Europe, who came to this country for various different reasons.  An example of a group of these immigrants are the Quakers who immigrated here from Alabama in 1951. We had the unique experience of meeting Marvin Rockwell, one of 45 Quakers who left…

Blog 6: Journey to Monteverde

Our drive to Monteverde from Heredia allowed me to get a glimpse of how life is outside of the city. At first glance, it seemed that people who were living outside of the city were a lot less fortunate than those in the city. There were a lot of dirt roads, as compared to the…

Blog 5: Technologia y Cafe

  The democratization of technology has made a lot of new technologies available to companies, including companies involved in the coffee industry. Since my topic for this trip is sourcing, I will focus mainly on how technology can improve the production of coffee. The innovations in coffee may seem primitive, but they can have a…

Blog 4: La Cadena de Suministro de Cafe Britt

Café Britt was founded in 1985 by Steve Aronson and it was the first company to roast coffee in the same country in which it was grown. This revolutionized the coffee industry and brought gourmet coffee to the people of Latin America, who ironically did not have much access to it before. Coffee began to…

Blog 3: Muchas Preguntas

There are a lot of unique cultural aspects of Costa Rica that make it unique and different than cultural aspects in the United States. The creation of Costa Rica as a country has a unique history, as its independence from Spain was not what the entire country wanted, and the area itself had little identity…

Blog 2: El primero dia en Costa Rica

Upon getting word that I was accepted into the Costa Rica Plus 3 Program, many ideas rushed into my head about the country itself. Since I have never been to another Latin American country, I did not have a very good idea about what to expect regarding the culture and even the geography of Costa…

Blog 1: Costa Rica Sustainability

Sustainability is a very popular topic in today’s industrial society, as natural resources are diminishing and there are numerous effects of climate change present. Costa Rica ranks second in the World Energy Council’s global “environmental sustainability” ranking (Tico Times). In my opinion, this makes Costa Rica seem progressive, modern, and very impressive. The United States…

Meet Plus3 Costa Rica 2017!

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 20 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 6 – May 20. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will include visits to…