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Costa Rican Coffee and Tourism

  • Author / Creator
    Waltrip, Calli E.
  • This thesis is an anthropological study of the interactions between the coffee industry and the tourism industry in Costa Rica. It focuses on how coffee production, marketing and consumption have been affected by the presence of tourists and how tourists come in contact with coffee. I conducted fieldwork in Costa Rica: in the Caribbean and Central Highlands. I focused on the places where tourism and coffee come together: on coffee tours and at establishments where coffee is sold. I have drawn three key conclusions from this research. First, that coffee quality and consumption patterns differ for locals and foreigners. Second, that specific locations have been created to satisfy tourists’ needs and meet tourists’ standards. Third, that these locations stage authentic experiences in order to maintain local privacy and ensure their visitors’ satisfaction.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-09
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R33H2Q
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Anthropology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Zivkovic, Marko (Anthropology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Vallianatos, Helen (Anthropology)
    • Gow, Andrew (History and Classics)