First coffee farms in continental U.S. taking root in San Diego
March 2019 / San Diego Union-Tribune
Ever wonder what Southern California would taste like in a coffee cup? Fifty local java-lovers were the first locals to find out this past weekend in private “cupping” sessions of the first-ever locally-grown coffee at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in Mission Valley. ...
Travel tips: Help prevent the spread of coffee pests
February 2019 / Frinj Coffee
Many major plant pests and diseases have been introduced to the USA by travelers unknowingly bringing in infected plant material or personal items. The purpose of this journal post is to educate persons traveling to coffee growing regions and visiting coffee...
The Coffee Podcast: Super Specialty Coffee in California
January 2019 / The Coffee Podcast
Not all coffee myths are built on lies. You would think something called “Super Specialty Coffee”" would be something that falls into a category with snake oil and dancing goats. As it turns out, Jay Ruskey is a tree farmer...
S.D. Coffee: Wake Up, and Smell the Profits
January 2019 / San Diego Business Journal
Farmer and consultant Scott Murray, who works with singer/songwriter Jason Mraz at his Oceanside farm, Mraz Family Farms, stands next to a coffee tree. Photo by Scott Murray A couple of years ago, Jay Ruskey, a seasoned California farmer, tapped...
California-Grown Coffee at California Prices
November 2018 / Alta
With coffee shops seemingly on every block, there’s little question that California is one of the world’s biggest consumers of java. But a collective of 26 coffee growers outside Santa Barbara is hoping to make the state a major coffee...
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...
How Frinj is planting the seeds for California's coffee growing industry
October 2018 / World Coffee Portal
California has long been the pantry of America, producing up to 90% of many fruits, vegetables and nuts consumed in the country. But among the luscious groves of guavas, avocados and finger limes growing across Good Land Organic’s estate near...
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...