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The Business of Coffee: Modern Production Processes in Colombia

Travel Study

This program is on temporary hiatus and new dates will be available in the coming months. Please contact Education & Business Programs at if you have any questions.



In partnership with
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Travel to Colombia and immerse yourself in the deeply rooted coffee history, productive landscape and agriculturally sustainable farming techniques that have facilitated Colombia's recognition throughout the world as a premiere coffee producer.

This two-week, experiential program – developed in partnership with one of the oldest and most prestigious Colombian universities, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana – offers you an exclusive opportunity to learn every stage of the coffee production business through classroom instruction on Javeriana's Bogotá campus and guided trips to regional coffee plantations, where you'll experience the entire growing process – from planting the seeds to harvesting and processing.

Program instructors are experienced university faculty and well-respected Colombian business professionals who have proven expertise in the coffee industry and will share the precise knowledge you need to plan and launch a successful coffee-related business or expand your current business.

This program benefits coffee industry professionals looking to enhance their knowledge, aspiring coffee business owners, and enthusiasts seeking to broaden their passion for coffee through hands-on exposure to the entire coffee business process.

Who Should Attend

  • Professionals who own or wish to own a franchise coffee venue
  • Food and beverage industry professionals
  • Individuals interested in opening a boutique coffee house
  • Coffee enthusiasts who wish to expand their knowledge

Program Benefits

  • Enhance your knowledge of global and regional practices in the business of coffee
  • Develop the capacity to strategically launch coffee-related businesses
  • Gain an understanding of the supply chain associated with modern coffee production processes
  • Draft a coffee business plan using Colombia as the example for sourcing coffee beans
  • Learn about the production of high-end specialty coffee including fair-trade and organic variants
  • Sample a variety of coffees throughout the program to further your sensory understanding of coffee and complement your new knowledge
  • Differentiate yourself by earning a certificate from both University of California, Irvine and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana upon completion of the program


The program consists of three courses (described in more detail below) that will take place during your two-week stay in Colombia from August 4 through August 17, 2019. Instruction officially begins on August 5 and concludes on August 17. A detailed itinerary will be provided closer to the start date of the program.

  • Course One: Coffee Business and Colombia's Economic Transformation
    Explore the history of the coffee industry and receive an introduction to the coffee business, including exposure to the dynamics of the business through visits to two coffee businesses.

    Learning highlights:

    • Identify the macroeconomic principles of the coffee business model in Colombia
    • Describe innovation, technological development and modernization of Colombian coffee
    • Evaluate competitiveness as key factor in sales, production and job-creation
    • Develop a production strategy to increase production capacity/productivity
    • Create a business plan and production process for launch of a new coffee-related business or the expansion/upgrading of an existing business
  • Course Two: Coffee Plantation Visits and Sources in Colombia
    Increase your exposure through stays at two coffee plantations where you will interact with families that produce high quality and agro-ecological coffee. Familiarize yourself with production and environment protection processes and the research applied to coffee productivity and transformation processes. You'll also explore post-harvesting processes and the coffee culture by visiting coffee stores/cafes.

    Learning highlights:

    • Describe traditional and agriculturally sustainable growing techniques
    • Identify new fermentation techniques and drying processes
    • Define the harvesting and post-harvesting processes for both standard-quality and specialty coffee, including quality assurance, logistics and packaging.
    • Discuss new trends in coffee stores
    • Explain the coffee cultural landscape
  • Course Three: From the Colombia Coffee Plantation to the American Coffee Business: The Supply Chain
    Learn more about the business of green, specialty, and specialty roasted coffee from tourism to the coffee region. Explore the supply chain and operation of the coffee sector in Free Trade Agreements and business opportunities.

    Learning highlights:

    • Explain foreign trade and fair trade
    • Describe direct foreign investments in the country: operation, incentives, and characteristics
    • Discuss regulation of industrial, service, and raw materials sectors

Program Enrollment

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Summer 2023 Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Apr 20 Jul 13 Oct 19 Jan 18
Courses Begin* (week of) Jun 20 Sep 25 Jan 8 Apr 1
Courses End* (week of) Sep 5 Dec 11 Mar 18 Jun 10
Administrative Holidays Jun 19, Jul 4, Sep 4 Nov 10, Nov 23-24, Dec 25-26, Jan 1-2 Jan 15, Feb 19 Mar 29, May 27

*Actual dates may vary by program.


Program Fee

The total cost of the program is $8,000. In addition to course fees and materials, the program cost covers the following (from August 4 through August 17, 2019):

  • Lodging (14 nights)
  • All meals (15 days)
  • Air and ground transportation within Colombia
  • Certificate fee

Note: Roundtrip airfare to and from Bogotá, Colombia, is not included. In the event that program dates need to be modified for any reason, we strongly recommend you safeguard your airfare purchase by opting for travel insurance at the time of purchase or selecting a refundable ticket option.

Insurance Requirement

Before departing from the United States, students are required to obtain an international health, accident, civil liability and repatriation insurance policy that will cover the duration of their stay in Colombia. A certificate of insurance must be provided to Pontificia Universidad Javeriana upon arrival in Bogotá. This policy can be acquired from any insurer in the United States.

Specialized Studies Award Requirements

A specialized studies certificate is presented upon successful completion of three required courses totaling eight (8) Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Separate certificates will be awarded by University of California, Irvine and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.