Costa Rica

Spring Break 2017
ICS 460: The Journey of the Bean
Dr. Scott Reitz & Jenny Reitz

Study the coffee trade experientially! From harvesting the berries of coffee trees, through the unique process that turns a little berry into a steaming cup of coffee, students will explore coffee farms, mills, collectives and coops, training centers and outlets. Students will learn about free trade, fair trade, and direct trade models, the coffee buyers, community and economic development in coffee communities, and the many different layers of the coffee industry. Students will travel by plane, bus, and boat on this epic learning journey with coffee loving couple, Dr. Scott and Jenny Reitz.

*Be advised that this course is physically demanding with jungle and volcano hikes, canopy and zipline tours, and significant walking.