Costa Rican Conclusions

At the coffee and banana plantation, we were able to see how each company has a unique delivery process, and how within each company they may have different processes for different products. For example, Doka mostly exports its coffee beans to the US, only keeping small amounts to roast and sell under their own company,…

Bananas for Bananas!

I believe at this point in the trip, it is time to admit that I hate coffee, no matter the quality. We’ve been to quite a few coffee plantations and studied the coffee supply chain a lot, so I’m glad the time for bananas has come. I want to look at the banana supply chain…

The Research Side of the Coffee Industry

When we visited ICAFE today, it was refreshing to see a different side of the coffee industry. We’ve really gone in depth looking at the farming, cleaning, and roasting of the coffee beans. So when we were able to step into a research lab, I felt like there was a whole new side to the…

At Home in the Mountain Rainforest

After talking to Ricardo, one of the descendants of the Quaker settlers, it was clear that Monteverde, despite its exotic presence, was home to these people now. Initially, Ricardo taught us about how his family had mistakenly destroyed part of the forest when attempting to settle the land. However, with the help of others, they…

The Tico Farmers’ Mission

Don Guillermo, a farmer from the Costa Rican mountains, lives a lifestyle vastly different from my own. His family’s work is tangible, from the roots of budding coffee plants to the buildings that teach lessons on sustainability. His message is clear. We must protect our natural resources for thee future. The acronym they use, LIFE…

Expanding My View of Costa Rica

When driving through the drastically different areas of the beaches and mountains today, it was hard not to notice the different atmospheres each place carried. Though I was pretty drowsy when we passed through the beach part, I was able to notice that the beach and surrounding homes are more rundown than the touristy rainforest…

Exploring the Capitol of Costa Rica

The banana and coffee industries paved the way for Costa Rica to become a larger part of the global economy. From the moment we arrived in San José, there was a different energy than in Heredia. For starters, the train ride into he city was an immediate reminder of the direct effects these industries have…

Coffee: A Growing Industry in Costa Rica

While coffee holds an important role in both Costa Rican households and the economy, not all coffee brands are equal among Ticos. Café Britt, a growing coffee and chocolate company, is one of the many successful coffee brands that sells across Central and South America. Although extremely popular with tourists, Café Britt is not popular…

The Intersection of Machismo Culture and Costa Rican History

One of the only culture shocks I have experienced here in Heredia is the amount of cat-calling that occurs. Unlike the US, the accompaniment of a man has no effect on the car horns, yells, or piercing stares. Even the distance placed between the female and male does not affect the cat-calling, as I experienced…

Observations of Heredia

Pre-departure I had been told certain things about Costa Rica and Ticos (Costa Ricans). Notably, that everyone in Costa Rica runs on Tico time, following the mañana approach to life. With this laid back outlook, I had expected some delays in meal times and departure times. However, when breakfast was served nearly two hours before…

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…