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Visit the links below to see more pictures and details of our trip. To learn more about education in Costa Rica, Hijos del Campo and the Roasted Cherry Coffee House check out An Educational Roadtrip from San Jose to Montes de Oro.

  • Monday, February 23, 2004 An Educational Roadtrip
    One of the best parts of this internship is the opportunity we have had to meet so many families, sometimes only for a few minutes, and sometimes longer. Generous people have welcomed us into their homes to live, to have a cup of coffee, and to share their stories with us. Read more...

  • Monday, February 2, 2003 Summer School in Monteverde
    Saludos from high in the mountains of Costa Rica. Here in Costa Rica the kids are just finally coming to the end of their summer holidays. School has been out since mid-December and the back to school buzz is now on. Read more...

  • Friday, January 16, 2004 The Story of Mi Cafecito
    Behind every cup of coffee there is a story to be told, and Mi Cafecito is no exception. Mi Cafecito is the brand of coffee that is produced by the co-op here in Sarapiqui and it was started by CoopeSarapiqui´s manager, Alvaro Gomez. Read more...

  • Thursday, January 15, 2004 Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año

    Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo

    Hola todos. We are back on line. I checked on the net today and unless there is a mistake, it looks like those of you back in Ottawa are dealing with a chilly minus 30 some degrees. My condolences, but maybe my pictures of the pacific coast of Costa Rica will warm you up a bit. Read more...

  • Sunday, December 14, 2003 Snowing in San Jose
    My how time flies when you are having fun! This past week went by in a flash. We have been busy working on the project in San Miguel, interviewing tourists who stop in and investigating tour operations in the area. There is lots of white water rafting on the nearby Sarapiquí River. Read more...

  • Sunday, December 7, 2003 Rural Living in Sarapiqui
    Saludos from San Miguel de Sarapiqui. Here I am in the office of the Co-op and the internet is working! There are no such things as Internet Cafes in this town but we are not really missing it too much. We have been living for the past week with a family of 6 in Los Alpes de Sarapiqi. It is a beautiful rural area and the family we are living with owns two parcellas of land where they organically grow coffee amongst other plants. Read more...

  • Monday, December 1, 2003 Among clouds and coffee
    Today was a very interesting and informative day. We met with Guillermo Vargas, the manager of the Santa Elena co-op, here in Montverde. He is a very knowledge man about Monteverde and its history and all of the issues around fair trade coffee. Read more...

  • Saturday, November 29, 2003 What a Ride
    Greetings from the cloud forest! We are now in Monteverde where some of Costa Rica's best coffee comes from. It's high up in the mountains and the ride here was quite an adventure. We arrived here on Friday and saw many interesting things along the way, including a cute monkey, a group of pisotes (which look a bit like anteaters) a gorgeous waterfall and a beautiful sunset. Read more...

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2003 Milling About.
    Wow. What a day. This morning we met up with Luis Monge, CooCafe's organic guy, an agronomist who specializes in organic certification. For CooCafe, he is the go to guy for everything to do with organic farming. Luis took us on a very interesting and informational tour of both the milling facilities: el beneficio seco (the dry mill) and el beneficio humedo (the wet mill).
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  • Tuesday, November 25, 2003 Our Hosts CooCafe
    Hola Ottawa. Here I am in the offices of CooCafe. The office is a fun and lively place with only 12 employees. One of those is Ramon Castro and he is our host. Ramon is the director of the Fundacion Hijos del Campo (in English the Rural Sons Foundation). Hijos del Campo is a foundation that was created to give the children of CooCafe's rural coffee producers a better future. Read more...

  • Sunday, November 23, 2003 Sunny San Jose
    The Java Journey has begun! After a long day of travel on Thursday, we arrived in Costa Rica at about 10pm local time. We were welcomed by a warm evening air as well as many taxi drivers eager to take us to our destination. Read more...

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