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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 […]

January 06, 2021 | KPBS San Diego

Coffee Is Growing, Thriving In San Diego’s North County

Coffee is typically grown in tropical regions and was previously considered an unviable crop in the continental United States. But along the state…

December 07, 2020 | Western Ag Network

California Farmer Harvesting Success with Coffee

For coffee lovers, a good “cup of joe” is hard to beat. And even though the majority of the world’s coffee is grown outside of the United States, a farmer in Southern California has found success in inter-planting his avocados […]

November 28, 2020 | SB Life & Style Magazine

Goleta-based FRINJ is redefining California’s coffee market

Santa Barbara, with its rustic atmosphere and strong sense of community, is the perfect breeding ground for transforming the coffee industry. Locally based FRINJ Coffee is the first to produce a thriving coffee crop in California, proving that the climate […]

November 28, 2020 | Santa Barbara Magazine

Fresh Grounds

Just north of Santa Barbara, where the ocean mist rises above the sloping terrain of the Goleta foothills, a revolution is brewing At 5:45 a.m., Jay Ruskey pulls himself out of bed, stretches, and sets off to make the first […]

November 02, 2020 | Western FarmPress

Could California craft a name for itself with coffee?

Jay Ruskey farms coffee plants that he breeds for the California climate and soil conditions. Of all the crops California is known for, premium coffee has not been on that list. The perennial plant that commonly grows high in the […]

October 22, 2020 | Daily Coffee News

On the Frinj: A Chat with Jay Ruskey About California-Grown Coffee

A mere few decades ago, specialty coffee was considered something of a fringe market. Yet as its market share has grown, so too have specialty coffee’s own fringes, especially at the very highest end. Despite the ongoing price crisis and […]