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September 21, 2018

Growing Coffee on the Frinj

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 […]

August 01, 2018

Fertile Grounds

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 […]

February 16, 2018

Eureka! California-Grown Coffee Is Becoming The State’s Next Gold Mine

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 […]

December 11, 2017

Blue Bottle Selling California-Grown Coffee for $18 Per Ounce

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 […]

June 07, 2016

Good Land Organics: Growing Coffee in Cali

We all know good coffee grows near the equator. Ethiopia, Kenya, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama. Aside from a few outliers like Hawaii, it doesn’t grow further north than southern Mexico. And for the most part it grows in poor countries. The […]

June 03, 2016

Could Coffee Be the Next Wine of California?

There is coffee growing in California. And if this elicits a whaaa? sort of reaction from you, you’re not alone. Sarah Henry told me that so many have asked her after looking at her book, Farmsteads of the California Coast […]