Ocean View Farm: Farm Story
Farm: Ocean View Farm
Farmer/Farm Manager: Perry Gibson and Ken Kraus
Tree count: 350
Varietals: Caturra Amarillo, Caturra Rojo, Catuai Rojo, Catisic, Cuicateco, Laurina, Mundo Novo, Pacamara, Pacas, Puerto Rico, Tekisic
Orchard plant date: Aug. 2011
Harvest season: May – Sept
Tasting notes: blueberry, vanilla, almond with bright grapefruit acidity and sweet fudge finish
Ocean View Farm is the first partnering farm to expand coffee growing along the Santa Barbara coast, about 10 miles south in the town of Carpinteria. Sitting just a few miles up from the coastline, a dozen varietals, sourced from Jay Ruskey, were planted in rows, in the spaces between the trees, in an existing avocado orchard. Perry, the owner of this farm along with her husband, Ken, has contributed hours of her time hand harvesting, weeding, watering and undertaking other crop maintenance duties, proving this crop is indeed a labor of love. And it shows in the cup. Scores for this farm’s blend of varietals have climbed year after year, boasting of undeniable sweetness, complexity and brightness.
This secluded 12-acre avocado, citrus and coffee farm is also a wedding venue offering 180 degree ocean views, a large rustic metal barn for a sit-down dinner, and an unforgettably idyllic experience for the newlyweds and their guests.