There’s love in every cup.

Coffee plays a large role in the life of a Tico. Over the past two weeks we have had the chance to study the coffee supply chain and daily life in Costa Rica. It’s a staple part of their diet, but they do not drink what we consider “Costa Rican coffee.” Much of the best…

Cooperative Costa Rica

Coopedota in the Santa Maria de Dota community relays heavily on cooperatives. Cooperatives are when multiple small companies in a nearby area come together to agree on set bargaining prices for their coffee and share their resources and expertise with one another. Companies pay a membership to be a part of the cooperative, but if…

La Bebida de los Ticos

Coffee is Costa Rica’s third largest industry, which brought fame to this small country. Many benefits came out of the growth of the coffee industry in Costa Rica, the first being it was finally put on the map. Prior to the rise of the coffee industry Costa Rica was seldom know around the world. The…

Life at Life Monteverde

At the heart of every cup of coffee lies the farmer. Today we got to see firsthand what this looks like at Life Monteverde, a farm owned by 12 main families with four branches. A few days ago, we attended a lecture by Guiermo, one of the two main brothers that lead it where we…

Quakers are Makers

Monteverde owes much of its rain forest conservation to the efforts of the Quakers who moved here from Alabama in the 1950’s. Today we had the lucky opportunity to meet one of the men who was a part of this initial journey, Marvin, and his wife from Alajuela Costa Rica, Flora. Without Marvin and the…

Would you like some Technology with your Coffee?

The technology boom has given individuals and small businesses tools that have led to advances in many areas of coffee production, consumption, and delivery that were never possible before.  From more efficient processing, to full blown marketing based companies, and to single serving kcups, the coffee industry has been impacted greatly by technology. In the…

Views From Montverde

So far on our visit in Costa Rica we have stayed in homestays in Heredia and visited San Jose for a day. San Jose is the capital city and Heredia is a smaller city north of San Jose. Today we see two new sides of Costa Rica as we drive along the Pacific Coast on…

The Roasters: Café Britt

Café Britt has worked to make its name known within Costa Rica’s tourism industry. Ticos have ranked Café Britt within their top 10 favorite coffee corporations because they have brought attention to their small Central American country. However, in general few Ticos drink Café Britt due to the prices. Ticos can get coffee from a…

¿Porque?

Costa Rica has been ranked the happiest country on Earth and went 100 years of a stable succession of presidents, something many countries in Central America cannot claim. It has not been perfect though, as Costa Rica has had two civil wars in its History. So why did such a happy, stable country have civil…

El Primer Día y Estoy Enamorado

Costa Rica is a beautiful country filled with kind hearted people, Ticos. Ticos are known for being warm to their visitors, including us gringos, or Americans. Compared to my previous international experiences in Europe the Ticos truly lived up to their stereotype of being welcoming. Even with my mix of “Spanglish” I have received understanding…

Sustainability Starts With Coffee

In recent years, nations all over the world have been taking initiatives towards a greener, more sustainable world. Costa Rica has risen to this challenge, currently 2nd behind Switzerland in the World Energy Council’s global “environmental sustainability” ranking (Tico Times). They have taken initiates to preserve their country’s energy and forests. Seeing such a small…

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…