COSTA RICA - SCM 3690: The Coffee Supply Chain in Costa Rica

Program Dates
Sunday, December 29, 2013 to Thursday, January 9, 2014

The program will focus on the complete supply chain "seed to cup" within the context of the coffee industry. 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. Program participants will actually help harvest berries on an organic (sustainable) farm in Costa Rica, observe the processing of berries 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 raw coffee beans, and "cup" roasted beans for a coffee tasting.

Pre-reqs: ECO 2100 or STT 2810 or permission of Dr. Corley

Cost: $2700 (No additional cost for tuition if you are a full-time student in the Fall). The Walker College of Business offers a limited number of undergraduate scholarships to assist students with the cost.