Costa Rica -Global Supply Chain & Human Logistics in the Coffee Industry - UG

Program Dates
Friday, March 4, 2016 to Sunday, March 13, 2016

Working in coordination with a local business, Bald Guy Brew, we will explore the world of coffee. The goal is to go well beyond providing a contextual knowledge of a commodity-based supply chain by providing extensive opportunities for experiential learning. Student participants will help harvest coffee cherries on an organic(sustainable) farm in Costa Rica, observe the processing of the cherries into raw beans at a "beneficio," participate in a focus group with organic farmers to discuss issues such as "fair trade," meet with distributors and shippers who export raw beans, roast coffee beans, and "cup" roasted beans for a coffee tasting. We will also take a close look at the human logistics exploring the role of the small subsistence farmer.

Cost: $2900 (No additional cost for tuition if you are a full-time student in the spring)

Course: POM/SOC 3540 Global Supply Chain & Human Logistics in the Coffee Industry (3 semester hours)

Credits: POM 3540 fulfills 3 sh of IB major or IB minor elective credit, COB elective credit, and can be taken in lieu of SCM 3690 for the SCM minor. This course fulfills the Global Issues Requirement.  

Prerequisites: 60 earned hours at the end of fall semester and ECO 2100/STT 2810 or permission of Dr. Corley or Department Chair. Students who do not have the minimum hour requirement cannot take this course at the 3000-level and should inform the program leader of this situation before applying.



Students not eligible for this program who want to participate should contact the program leader to ask if accommodations can be made.
Eligible Groups: 
Appalachian undergraduates
Undergraduate business majors