Meet Jay Ruskey | Co-Founder and CEO of FRINJ Coffee

We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Ruskey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jay, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?

When I was a teenager I worked a lot of jobs, one of which was as a laborer in a Carpinteria greenhouse 6 days a week. It was impactful enough to make me want to start my own business. Not just for money, but to build a healthier work environment for products that I can care about. I worked all the way through school and formed my sole proprietorship when I was 25 years old. The next big step was to form FRINJ Coffee. It was a big leap to become a Co-Founder and CEO and to position myself to lead this industry. At the time, it seemed like the obvious next step as I realized that California Coffee was bigger than I could tackle alone. That was a good decision, as today we have helped over 70 farms in Southern California, arming them with a dream team of people to guide them through the entire process. It is a great culture to be a part of.