Times are Changing

After seeing Monteverde, it is clear that tourism has had the biggest impact on this area. If I wasn’t convinced myself, then I was convinced when I learned that my host mom had never been there before. When asked why, she told me that it was too touristy and mainly that it was too expensive…

A Day at Dota

  Today I had the opportunity to visit Coopedota, or Dota, which is a different type of coffee company.  Dota functions as a cooperative, meaning that it is made up of several small, individual coffee plantations-900 in Dota’s case. Having a cooperative system means a whole new system for growing, buying, and selling the product…

Engineering Taste

After Plus3 Costa Rica took Tortuga Island on Sunday, we returned to our study of the coffee industry in Costa Rica on Monday which started with a visit to the ICafé, the coffee institute of Costa Rica. The ICafé is the government’s way of regulating the coffee industry while leaving the commercialization of the crop…

Today’s coffee tour was very different that both Doka and Café Britt. Life Monteverde, a small coffee company in the mountains of Monteverde, is unique in the approach it takes to creating a sustainable coffee-growing process. Every part of the process from the parchment of the coffee fruit to the manure produced by the chickens…

To the Mountains We Go

Thursday morning was an exciting one. Today, we took a bus to Monte Verde, the location I looked forward to the most of all the Costa Rican destinations. It was a long, windy, bumpy ride that allowed us to see both awe-inspiring landscapes and small towns. The differences I saw along the ride were quite…

Dos Empanadas Por Favor

If I happen to spell any words wrong in this blog, I apologize.  In an “Experience of Costa Rica” as Abuela called it, I was frightened by a gecko who found my khakis comfortable. When I went to pick them up, it went scurrying up the wall and I threw my khakis across the room….

Lots of Cajuelas

On our third day in Costa Rica, we continued our study of the coffee industry with visits to Doka and Café Britt. As I will discuss, both of these companies are very successful despite playing different roles in the coffee industry. Doka is involved in the planting and harvesting of the coffee fruit, while Café…

Wait. This Stuff Tastes Good

On my second day in Costa Rica, I continued to learn about the traditions and values of the Ticos, and I am liking the country more and more as I do. My Monday morning began with a hefty serving of gallo pinto, this time paired with scrambled eggs to create a delicious, authentic breakfast. As…

First Day of the Pura Vida

After being in Pittsburgh for the past nine months, I couldn’t think of a better way to start off my Costa-Rican experience than checking my weather app and realizing that it in fact would not be low 40’s in late spring.  What a concept. A great start to my morning. I was already expecting a…

Costa Rica: I’m heREADYa!

I, to start, am very excited to see everything that Costa Rica has to offer. After hearing about Costa Rica’s efforts to maintain their environment, I am even more excited to visit. As someone who loves to spend as much time outdoors as possible, I find it nice to know that this country prides itself…

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…