Blue Leaf Travels is a boutique tour company that creates carefully curated and personally hosted international tours. The tour itineraries have a mix of cultural and site-seeing activities as well as time to relax and unwind. Our tour hosts have personally spent time in all of the destinations. We have handpicked those locations that are not often on a typical tourist agenda to give our clients a unique sense of the beauty of the country, while staying at comfortable, small independent hotels.

Our goal is for our clients to enjoy a unique, fun, cultural and educational experience, returning home rested and rejuvenated with lots of stories to tell and photos to share.

Owner and creator, Dr. Amanda Caudill, is a conservation ecologist and coffee research scientist who has recently worked and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and is currently teaching a sustainable coffee case study class with Columbia University’s Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability certificate program. Her interests in sustainable coffee and wildlife conservation have brought her around the globe where she has conducted field work and led tours in the coffee growing regions of Costa Rica, India, and Mexico. Her research has focused on coffee agroforestry as a means to provide wildlife habitat, foster ecosystem services, and conserve biodiversity, while simultaneously providing for human livelihoods. She is always up for an adventure in her quest for finding sustainable coffee.


Other Expedition Blogs and Popular Writing by Amanda Caudill:

Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center: Sustainable Coffee

EcoAgriculture, Landscapes for People, Food and Nature: The Connection between Biodiversity and Coffee Agriculture

Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center: Pollination Study in Costa Rican Coffee Farms 

Pollination study. February 7, 2015
Organic coffee. February 12, 2015
Site set-up. February 23, 2015
La roya. March 3, 2015
For the bird(er)s. March 10, 2015
Holding out for coffee flowers. March 17, 2015
Camera traps. March 24, 2015
All about the bees. April 2, 2015
Return to Finca La Amistad for Coffee Berry Count. September 29, 2015

Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center: Mammal Study in Mexican Coffee Farms

Mexican mammal study in coffee farms. January 16, 2014
Slow start. January 18, 2014
Shade and sun coffee. February 4, 2014
Midway point. February 19, 2014
Coffee flowers. February 24, 2014
Lizards and other non-mammals. March 12, 2014
In search of forest. March 24, 2014
Things we don’t tell our mothers. April 4, 2014

New York Times, Scientist at Work

How coffee affects biodiversity. November 18, 2011
Would you, could you, in the rain? November 22, 2011
Three coffee study sites. November 30, 2011
Hoping for mammals, but getting mostly ants. December 1, 2011
Plants that attack, and a well-travelled rat. December 2, 2011
Of mice and coffee. December 8, 2011
A sloth, an opossum and two puppies. December 11, 2011
Mammals, coffee and mountains. December 15, 2011
Better lives in better coffee. February 7, 2012
The problem with coffee pests. February 9, 2012
Why do mammals go to coffee farms? February 15, 2012
Back from coffee country – mostly unscathed. February 21, 2012

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