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October 28, 2021 | Roast! West Coast

Jay Ruskey, the Eternal Optimist, of FRINJ Coffee Talks Climate Change

“Coffee is turning out to be quite a cosmic issue–and the way it’s grown, marketed, and consumed has implications for the environmental health of the world.” –Russell Greenberg, Director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (1996) That quote is from […]

October 22, 2021 | Field and Feast

Move over, Hawaii: California is revolutionizing coffee in the US

Farmer and agronomist Jay Ruskey defines fringe as being “on the edge, but still connected.” To tailor and apply the term to his burgeoning Southern California network of coffee farms, he aptly decided to change the spelling to FRINJ. “We’re […]

October 20, 2021 | The Denver Channel

Adapting to climate change, farmers hope to put California-grown coffee on map

While the majority of Americans start their day with a coffee, far less know how the commodity reaches their cup. “From a food production standpoint, this is one of the most complicated food items we consume on a daily basis,” […]

October 18, 2021 | Field and feast

Coffee talk: Get to know the beans and the brews

According to the National Coffee Association, coffee holds rank as the most popular beverage in America, with 58% of residents choosing it daily over tea, water, juice and soda, but how much do you really know about your cup of […]

October 08, 2021 | Monocle

Eureka 265: Frinj Coffee

Jay Ruskey is the founder of Frinj Coffee, a company he started on his family’s Santa Barbara farm with the aim of helping to make California the next speciality coffee growing hotbed. In 2002 the farmer and agronomist planted a […]

October 01, 2021 | USA Today

Is your coffee made in the US? Not likely, but that could change

The U.S. consumes and imports more coffee than any other country in the world. But could a nation full of coffee drinkers ever grow a significant portion of its own here? Maybe. In California, there’s a domestic coffee farming initiative […]

August 19, 2021 | Pull & Pour

Good Land Organics – Geisha – FRINJ Coffee

California grown coffee. Didn’t know that was a thing, did you? It wasn’t until fairly recently when Good Land Organics, home of FRINJ Coffee, became the first commercial coffee farm in the mainland United States. In addition to passion fruit, […]

August 05, 2021 | Shoutout LA

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 […]

July 01, 2021 | Santa Barbara Independent

Summer Farm Tours at Frinj Coffee in Goleta

Jay Ruskey Shows Off Eclectic Property, Pours Top-Shelf Coffee for Guests About 20 years ago, Jay Ruskey planted a coffee tree at his Good Land Organics avocado ranch on the western edge of Goleta, where the foothills glide into the […]