Spring Break Study Abroad Program: Global Supply Chain & Human Logistics in the Coffee Industry in Costa Rica!
This program focuses on the complete supply chain “seed to cup” within the context of the coffee industry. Working in coordination with a local Boone 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 to understand the social, environmental, and market implications of coffee. Student participants will 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, talk with migrant workers, roast raw coffee beans, and "cup" roasted beans for a coffee tasting. For more information, please go to the following website: Global Supply Chain, or contact Dr. Cameron Lippard via e-mail or phone (828-262-6396). Application Deadline: January 31, 2016.