Musician, O’side farmer Jason Mraz elevates SoCal coffee

Grammy Award-winning musician Jason Mraz’s passion for coffee first bloomed during his early days playing music in San Diego coffee shops. 

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the 43-year-old Oceanside artist in recent years has added a new outlet for his creative talents — coffee agriculture — with hopes of putting California on the coffee-growing map.

“I started my career working in coffee shops playing music in the corner of venues,” Mraz told The Coast News in a phone interview. “When I was 18 or 19 I would go hang out at a diner all night with my journal and write poetry and drink the crappiest coffee ever.”