I had the time of my life

Before coming to Costa Rica, I never thought about where my food, or drinks for that matter, originated.  Market omelets came from market and that was that.  Never had I thought about where the eggs, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, onions, or cheese came from.  At most, there was a farmer a ways a way who raised…

Stronger than the Storm of Tourism

Santa Maria de Dota is a very small town located in the Tarrazú region.  According to Café Rey, the Tarrazú region produces the best quality coffee of the eight regions in Costa Rica due to the climate and altitude.  Throughout the region, there are many very small, family-owned coffee farms of about 3 hectors each. …

“Costa Rican coffee is the best in the world” -Pope Francis

Before visiting Costa Rica, all I had heard about it was that the food and drinks were unlike anything in America.  Friends and acquaintances alike excitedly told me all of the different foods, fruits, and snacks I just had to try.  A common factor they all mentioned was the coffee.  Thankfully, because we’re here to…

Using Gravity and Trees to Save the Planet

Visiting Life Monteverde was a very surreal and eye-opening experience.  The farm is owned by twelve families and is almost ready to be passed onto the third generation.  Guillermo is the man in charge of decisions regarding nature and the land and his brother is the numbers and computers guy.  Together, with the help of…

A Dream, A Jeep, and A Cheese Farm

Our six hour plane ride, barring the two hour layover, was nothing compared to Marvin’s three month jeep ride from Alabama to Costa Rica.  After leaving the states to avoid war, a group of seven families humbly bought land on a mountain in Costa Rica to avoid the mosquitos with yellow fever at sea level. …

Teeter, ya no estamos en Heredia

I had absolutely no idea what to expect on the three hour drive from Heredia to Monteverde.  Maybe we would see some trees, since we are driving up a mountain.  At the most, I thought I might see a few coffee plants like on the way to Doka Estates.  I was not expecting to see…

Un Café con tecnología, por favor

In today’s world technology is growing more rapidly than ever expected.  A concert is filled with lights from phone cameras, texting while driving is illegal in most major countries, and pedestrians do not even look where they are walking because they are too busy looking at their phones. On the other side, technology is used…

“”BOOM roasted” -Michael Scott” -Café Britt”

The supply chain consists of the supplier’s supplier, the supplier, the manufacturer/distributor, the customer, and the customer’s customer.  The supplier’s supplier would be those selling the coffee plant seeds in raw form to the supplier, who then plant, grow, and harvest the coffee beans.  The supplier then gives the beans to the manufacturer who roast…

More than meets the eye

Costa Rica is portrayed in the states as a green country filled with trees and the happiest people in the world.  Not only is there an abundance of trees, but there are beaches on every corner and more all-inclusive resorts than houses.  While being here has been nothing short of a breath-taking experience, I have…

Día uno en la vida Tico

While touring Heredia today, I noticed the Ticos are, as expected, very laid back people. It is Sunday so there was less traffic than expected. However, people were still out and about.  There were people in el parque central, relaxing and sitting on benches beneath trees. At 10:50am, the church bells rang and families began…

Sweeter with Sustainability

Costa Rica puts a large emphasis on environmental sustainability, or the indefinite use of renewable resources.  To say the Ticos are doing their share to preserve our planet would be an understatement and their efforts are admirable. After Googling “Costa Rica sustainability practices,” I have noticed the country mainly focuses their efforts toward tourism, energy,…

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…