Good Land Organics

Let's Get Technical
Farm: Good Land Organics
Farmer/Farm Manager: Jay Ruskey
Location: Goleta, CA
Tree Count: 1200
Varietals: Caturra Amarillo, Caturra Rojo, Catuai Rojo, Catisic, Cuicateco, Geisha, Laurina, Mundo Novo, Pacamara, Pacas, Puerto Rico, Tekisic, Typica
Last Harvest Date: Sept. 17, 2018
Go to Market: 2019

 

Tasting Notes

Caramel, grape, tropical fruit, juicy body with a lingering florally sweet finish

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Farm Info

Good Land Organics is the first commercial coffee farm in California. 

It is nested in the hills above Goleta, CA, overlooking a majestic view of the Pacific Ocean. Jay Ruskey began farming this land over 25 years ago. This organic farm is layered with over a dozen subtropical and exotic crops, contributing both to its diversity and charm. In season fruit can be purchased on Good Land Organic's online store

Coffee was first attempted as a trial in 2002, but this crop quickly won the attention of both Jay and the world for its success. After years of trial and error, Jay identified a replicable farming system that consistently produced high quality delicious coffee. In 2011, he decided to share this crop with farmers across Coastal Southern California. Through his new venture, Frinj Coffee, Jay and his team are leading the way for California in becoming the world’s next producing coffee region. 

Good Land Organics is now the flagship coffee farm and headquarters of Frinj Coffee. Inc. It is home to over a dozen Coffea arabica varietals which are also the parent plants for our breeding program. The cup has proven itself on the table, landing a top 30 spot for Coffee Review in 2014, being compared to to the top Panamanian coffees and consistently scoring in the high 80's.  The coffee is amazingly balanced and clean, has a bright citric acidity, and a lasting sweetness as it cools. We’ve learned this to be representative of both this farm and our burgeoning region.