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Management plays a major role in each of the following places: Coffee farms, coffee mills, roasters/exporters, cafes, and lastly customers. Coffee farms are where it all begins, throughout our six tours of the plantations i have learned a lot about each of the previous steps. Firstly, coffee farms must have excellent management. The mangers at…

Dota!

The advantages of a coop are simple: The more people you have, the more resources you have, the less dependent you are on one company, and the more viewpoints they have, the better chance of finding an efficient solution. The more resources maximizes outcome and intern profit. In an agreement such as a coop you…

The Ticos Deserve the best!

Coffee is arguably the most important good in Costa Rican history. Coffee allowed the county to become a global force in the market. Although they are not heavily reliant on coffee now, Costa Rica would not be the same country it is today. The country is still dependent upon income received from coffee exports. Increased output…

The Quakers in Monteverde

Without the quakers, Monteverde would not be the same. The Quakers came here in the early 1920’s and immediately saw the importance of the land. Although they cut down a large bit of the trees in the beginning, they later built it back up. One cannot start a community if they do not have any…

The Don and his Finca

The life Don Guillermo is constant business. He and his 11 relatives run and operate the farm. However, he and two other of his relatives compose the three full time workers of the farm. The other nine owners are part-time workers that come together once in a while when a large business decision has to…

Monteverde

The drive up Monteverde was very scenic. The first difference between Heredia and Monteverde was the different animals. In Heredia there are stray dogs, but other than that there are no wild animals. On the bus ride up the bumpy dirt road, there was a large assortment of wild animals including, cows, chickens, oxen, and…

San Jose fue muy divertido

San Jose and Pittsburgh have much in common. Both cities were founded on the back of an industry. Costa Rica became a a big player in the world’s coffee and banana trade due to their perfect climate. Pittsburgh became a powerhouse in the world’s steel industry because they were in a perfect location with lots…

Britt vs. Doca

The Ticos do not drink Cafe Britt because they do not receive the best coffee beans. They receive the third grade coffee beans filled with sugar. My host family in particular does not have any coffee in the house because they think it tastes bitter. However, when we got back and told them that we visited…

Dr. José Sánchez

I learned a lot from Dr. Sánchez today! I am glad we all were able to get a little more educated on the current state of the Costa. I still have questions about some of the interesting points during his lecture. First off, why does the government keep on hiring workers? Dr. Sánchez emphasized the fact…

¡Qué Día!

Today was an amazing way to start off the trip! In the morning I was able to talk to my host family and enjoy some delicious food. My mother made the famous Gallo pinto, and eggs. I learned that my host mother has four kids; however, only one lives in the house. The son is…

Sustainability in Costa Rica

I am from Swarthmore Pennsylvania, and our community is very eco-friendly. As an outsider, I can relate  to their goals. I believe Costa Rica becomes much more attractive due to the fact they care about the sustainability of their country. The focus on sustainability certainly makes them seem very progressive. Many countries will take pointers…