Growing Coffee on the Frinj
September 2018 / Stir
Jay Ruskey walks among his coffee trees, pushing back branches in search of ripe cherries. A broad-brimmed hat shields his eyes from the bright Southern California sun on this warm June morning. He finds two ripened Caturra Rojo cherries and...
Sustainable Coffee Farming, Right Here in California
September 2018 / Blue Bottle
Last year, Blue Bottle was proud to introduce our first coffee grown in our home state. Nurtured and produced on Good Land Organics, the SoCal paradise founded by Jay Ruskey, California Good Land Organics marks a new tradition of coffee far from its tropical origins. For...
Could Coffee Be California’s Next Cash Crop?
July 2018 / San Francisco Magazine
During a scant three-week stretch last December, and for the jaw-dropping price of $16 a cup, coffee connoisseurs could go to their nearest Blue Bottle to purchase pour-over coffee that had been brewed from beans grown in the rarest of...
Eureka! California-Grown Coffee Is Becoming The State's Next Gold Mine
February 2018 / NPR
In most coffee shops, you can choose a cup of joe brewed with beans from countries like Ethiopia, Colombia, Costa Rica and Yemen. Now, a new crop of coffee growers is working to get coffee brewed from California-grown beans included...
Blue Bottle Selling California-Grown Coffee for $18 Per Ounce
December 2017 / Daily Coffee News
In a triumph for fringe specialty coffee, Oakland-based roaster Blue Bottle Coffee has announced its first release of California-grown coffee, which comes from experimental fruit and coffee farm Good Land Organics‘ new coffee business, Frinj Coffee. GLO Founder Jay Ruskey has been...
Your Coffee Is From Where? California?
May 2017 / New York Times
GOLETA, Calif. — There is a new crop growing in Southern California’s famous avocado groves — coffee. About two dozen farms between San Diego and here, just outside Santa Barbara, are nurturing coffee bushes under the canopies of old avocado...
Jason Mraz Is Growing Coffee on a Farm in Oceanside
May 2017 / San Diego Magazine
The middle of nowhere is the best nowhere to be. After all the development in San Diego over the decades, it’s hard to believe a place like South Morro Hills exists. This is farmland. You’ve read about it in books....