The Journey of Coffee Bean

As with any business, project, or assignment, proper planning can be the factor that makes or breaks success.  As the saying goes, “Proper planning prevents poor performance”.  This is certainly the case when it comes to agriculture but even more specifically the coffee and banana plantations we visited in during our time in Costa Rica. …

Going Bananas with Supply Chain

What first struck me about the banana planting and production process was how labor intensive it was. What we had to compare this to was the coffee production process. Both are very labor intensive to harvest but the bananas seemed much more strenuous to work with. The workers we saw were extremely efficient at cutting,…

Coffee Research and the Cost

Because the coffee trade is so important to Costa Rica, it makes sense that they spend the resources and money to protect and continue the research of the coffee development. I looked at today from a more economic perspective. The very presence of the ICAFE showed how much the country needs to see the coffee…

Preservation through Education

It is very clear that when the Quakers arrived their peaceful way of life translated over to the environment and their decisions to protect it. Many times foreigners are seen as negative by the local community. This is certainly the true in the United States to a degree. However, foreigners who arrive and protect the…

Life of a Tico Farmer

Being able to talk with Don Guillermo and see his lifestyle was very interesting. What struck me immediately was how proud he was of his farm. It was clear that it took a lot of work to get it to the point it is today and he and his employees took great pride in showing…

Traveling Costa Rica

The long trip to Monteverde provided an awesome chance to look at the different communities that make up the country of Costa Rica. Being in Heredia for the past couple of days we got a sense for what the urban environment is like and were able to compare it to what we see back in…

A Tale of Two Cities

San Jose was a really interesting city to get to walk around today.  Unlike past cities I have visited such as Venice or Rome, San Jose did not feel like it was serving the needs of tourists too much.  Of course, there were things that were geared towards tourists, but it was very much the…

From Tree to Tourist

It was interesting to compare the culture of companies when looking at Café Britt and Doka. Both started and operate in Costa Rica but they way they go about running their business was very different. Quickly into the lecture about Café Britt, and even just walking around their facility, there was a sense that their…

Questions of Culture

Today’s lecture told us to think about the different aspects of Costa Rican culture because there are many things that make up “culture”. History is a good place to start and most country’s histories strongly define the culture the country exhibits in the present day. Take the US for example. Strong sense of individualism is…

Heredia Impressions

Visiting the Central Park of Heredia was a stark contrast to what I have experiences in the United States. Unlike in the US, locals were not buried deep in the screen of their phones or plugged into their headphones. Many were sitting and talking with one another throughout the park. Religious celebration, it being a…

Costa Rica – Sustainability

As the world grows more and more concerned with the impact countries and companies have on the environment, the fact that Costa Rica is looked at as a leader for sustainability makes traveling there even more exciting. It makes me interested to find out what they are doing that the United States, a country with…

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…