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Archives: Team Members

October 11, 2021

Richard Masino

Richard found his passion for coffee when his father decided to grow coffee in Carpinteria almost a decade ago.  His zeal began with coffee farming, but soon blossomed to the sensory element as well as roasting.  Richard completed his training […]

October 11, 2021

Ben Myers

Ben brings 16 years of experience in coffee to FRINJ. His duties include establishing new FRINJ coffee growers and selecting and designing new sites. With a deep understanding of the complex and interdependent coffee systems, Ben mobilizes resources to support […]

September 17, 2023

Joel Maldonado

Joel has a passion for agriculture.  Working for almost a decade in nursery quality control, Joel is focused on learning the best practices in ag and applying them to the crops he is growing.  Not one to shy away from […]

October 11, 2021

Kari Shafer

As the controller of FRINJ Coffee, Kari is dedicated to ensuring everyone stays within budget and “under control”. Working with Jay as a CPA for over 20 years, Kari is thrilled to see FRINJ come to fruition. An avid coffee […]

October 11, 2021

Kristen Ruskey

Kristen Ruskey grew up in the small town of Tehachapi, CA and was privileged to be able to ride and compete on show horses growing up. Most visitors to FRINJ ask Kristen if she always planned on getting into agriculture […]