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June 26, 2021 | KPCC

From avocados to coffee beans: One California farmer makes the shift

Ambitious growers from San Diego to Santa Barbara are putting in coffee plants — and some think beans might be the next big thing for the region. Jay Ruskey, owner of Good Land Organics, is credited as one of the […]

June 15, 2021 | Santa Barbara News Press

FRINJ theory: Goleta-based coffee company expands

Jay Ruskey, CEO and founder of Frinj Coffee, pours a cup of coffee meticulously. He measures the grounds and the water to get the perfect cup. California may seem like an odd place to grow coffee. But it once was […]

June 07, 2021 | CBS 8 San Diego

Out and About: Mraz Family Farms

When you think of Temecula you think of wine, right? Of course in San Diego we’ve got our craft beer, but up in the North County, there’s something else getting you buzzed with a little help from singer…

May 19, 2021 | The Coast News Group

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 […]

March 12, 2021 | San Diego Union-Tribune

First coffee farms in continental U.S. taking root in San Diego

San Diego — 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 […]

March 10, 2021 | AgAlert

Specialty coffee farming grows in Southern California

For many people working from home for the past year during the pandemic, coffee is a must-have commodity—and more have been treating themselves to specialty craft coffee grown in Southern California. Santa Barbara County coffee farmer Jay Ruskey of Good […]

March 03, 2021 | AgAlert

From the Fields: Santa Barbara County coffee and fruit farmer

FRINJ Coffee has 70 affiliate coffee farms across four different Southern California counties. For those people that have mature crops, harvest for coffee cherries generally starts in late May or June. With the warmer La Niña conditions, we’re paying attention […]

February 24, 2021 | CBS 8 San Diego

California farmers grind their way into the coffee industry

Southern California farmers push their lands to the limit, looking to reimagine the typical cup of coffee. In the mornings, it’s a necessity. That hot kick of coffee beans brewed with boiling water is how many of us start our […]

February 04, 2021 | Montecito Journal

Leading the Way in Specialty Coffee

Agronomist and farmer Jay Ruskey, co-founder of Frinj Coffee, situated on 42 acres at his family-owned and operated Good Land Organics Farm in Goleta, is trying to make the humble bean into a premium brand worthy of adjectives more associated […]