The Last Day in Heredia

In the past two weeks, I’ve been assigned to observe each visit from the perspective of the Design/Innovation phase of the supply chain. Looking back at the coffee and banana plantations (suppliers), the focus on Design was somewhat nonexistent. At the coffee plantations, their bread and butter was planting and harvesting coffee to be shipped…

Perla 2: The Dole Banana Plantation

Today, we took a two hour bus ride to the Atlantic coast of Costa Rica to visit Perla 2, one of the Dole fruit company’s three banana farms in Costa Rica. Comparing how coffee and banana farms operate, coffee farms tend to have more steps overall from growth to end of production, depending on whether…

Visiting 1820

Today, we visited a local coffee roaster for a brand called 1820. This visit was one of my favorites of our trip because, compared to the coffee tours, we took a full-fledged tour through the company as it was operated, from the warehouse where they store their imported beans to each step in the roasting…

Cloud Forest of Monteverde

For our final morning in Monteverde, we visited the renowned Monteverde Cloud Forest, a safe haven for over 2,500 plant species, 100 mammal species, 400 bird species, 120 reptilian and amphibian species. There our tour guide Sergio walked us through one of the many trails in the park, describing unique plants, mosses, and insects as…

A Day at Café Monteverde

Today we visited Café Monteverde, another coffee farm, and met with Don Guillermo, the head of the company. He discussed the history of Café Monteverde, its current operations, their focus on sustainability, and then we toured all the farms. Café Monteverde was established in 1989 by three different families, one being Don Guillermo’s. Besides being…

Traveling to the Mountains

Yesterday at dinner, I told our host mom Patricia that we were going to take a trip to Monteverde for a couple days, and in response she explained the differences she knew between the mountain town and her hometown of Heredia. She said that Monteverde, known for having rolling hills, high humidity, and lots of…

A Day in San José

Today we took a train to San José  where our tour guide, Cindy, showed us around the capital of Costa Rica. She took us throughout the many parks nestled throughout San José. Each park had its own unique sculptures and statues paying homage to certain figures in the early history of Costa Rica. Afterwards, we…

Doka, Cafe Britt, and the Supply Chain

For our third day in Costa Rica, we took a bus trip to visit two different companies within the gourmet coffee industry: Doka Coffee and Cafe Britt. Doka Coffee is a coffee farm set in the foothills of the Paos Volcano, about 1300 meters above sea level. The unique elevation and fertile volcanic soil provide…

Oxcarts and Dancing

Today we had Laura Rodriguez, professor at Universidad Latina, speak to us about the history and culture of Costa Rica. I enjoyed brushing up on the history that we covered in our pre-departure meetings and learning a bit more about the different traditions in Costa Rica, such as the music, food, and games the Ticos…

First Day in Heredia

Our walking tour today of Heredia showed the interesting juxtaposition of the Costa Rican locals’ (known as Ticos) passion for Costa Rica’s history compared with the way the country has changed due to tourism becoming their most popular industry. Lowlying, colorful buildings were mixed with metallic, small businesses selling everything from electronics to insurance were…

Sustainability & Costa Rica

¡Hola! My name is Ryan Weinberger, and I’m an incoming sophomore in the College of Business Administration. Currently, I’m pursuing a double major in Finance and Accounting, with a minor in Economics and a Certificate in Sustainability through the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences. I chose Costa Rica for my Plus3 location for two…

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…