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

Program Dates
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 to Saturday, January 12, 2013

SCM 3690-101: Global Supply Chain and Logistics: The Coffee Supply Chain in Costa Rica (3 credits) No pre-requisites!

The program will focus on the complete supply chain "dust to dirt" within the context of the coffee industry. Working in coordination with a local business in Boone, 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. Students 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. We will also explore many of the unique features of Costa Rica (culture, landscape, wildlife, fauna, etc.).

Credits: This course is open to all business majors and counts as an IB/SCM/HOS elective, or an upper-level COB or free elective and fulfills the Global Issues requirement. Talk with your advisor to see how this course might fulfill degree requirements

Cost: $2700 (No additional cost for tuition if you are a full-time student in the Spring) The Walker College of Business offers a limited number of scholarships to assist students with the program cost. Financial aid can also be applied to this program.

How to apply: click here

Deadline to apply is October 31st.