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Costa Rica: Coffee - from Bean to Cup

Costa Rica: Coffee - from Bean to Cup

Visit UGA Costa Rica on this nine-day adventure and experience first-hand the horticultural practices and processes involved in coffee production, from bean to cup. 

About the Program

Because students will be traveling during the region’s
annual harvesting season, they will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour small and large-scale coffee growing operations
  • Experience coffee cherry harvesting and processing
  • View roasting procedures
  • Develop an understanding of the history, health aspects,
    sensory properties, chemistry, and technologies as they relate to coffee.

Ideal for both graduate and undergraduate students, this program remains the only Costa Rican (and Latin American) study abroad program focused entirely on the practices and challenges of producing coffee—the second-most traded commodity on earth and the premier agricultural commodity of Costa Rica.

Quick Facts

Dates: 
November 17-26, 2017

Estimated Program Fee: 
$1,100 + Tuition and Fees + Airfare

Courses: 
FDST 4150, FDST 6150

Early Application Deadline:
March 3, 2017

Regular Decision Application Deadline:
August 16, 2017

Upon returning from this program, students have a unique perspective of Latin American culture and will be able to describe production practices of coffee in Costa Rica and the challenges faced by coffee farmers in raising their crop. Students will also recognize the complexity and limitations of the production, manufacturing, and distribution pattern of coffee products from the Costa Rican processing plant to consumer purchase, as well as recognize the positive and negative health consequences of coffee consumption.  

Visit the processing facilities of both a small cooperative and large coffee operation

Visit the processing facilities of both a small cooperative and large coffee operation

Picking coffee cherries at harvest

Picking coffee cherries at harvest

Picking coffee cherries at harvest

Picking coffee cherries at harvest

Picking coffee cherries at harvest

Picking coffee cherries at harvest

Students relax with coffee and lattes after a long day of learning about Costa Rican coffee production

Students relax with coffee and lattes after a long day of learning about Costa Rican coffee production

Picking coffee cherries at harvest

Picking coffee cherries at harvest

Coffee at it’s various processing stages

Coffee at it’s various processing stages

Christy Dills participating in the drying portion of the coffee production process in Costa Rica.

Christy Dills participating in the drying portion of the coffee production process in Costa Rica.

Did you know that coffee beans are actually the seeds inside these beautiful coffee cherries?

Did you know that coffee beans are actually the seeds inside these beautiful coffee cherries?

Coffee cherries ready for harvest in Costa Rica

Coffee cherries ready for harvest in Costa Rica

Chasity Tompkins and Hannah Getz practice brewing on a Chemex

Chasity Tompkins and Hannah Getz practice brewing on a Chemex

Students rake coffee beans as they sun-dry in large, concrete areas. Just one of the complex processes of coffee production.

Students rake coffee beans as they sun-dry in large, concrete areas. Just one of the complex processes of coffee production.

Just one of the many breathtaking views in Costa Rica

Just one of the many breathtaking views in Costa Rica

Group shot of 2015 trip

Group shot of 2015 trip

Coffee cherry picking competition

Coffee cherry picking competition

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