Most coffee shops in United Stated are brewing their Joes with beans from countries like Ethiopia, Colombia, Costa Rica and Yemen. But seems like today’s world a change is coming in the US coffee industry where they are now embracing coffee farming with a new crop of coffee growers is working to get coffee brewed from California-grown beans.
The coffee farming idea in California was started by Mark Gaskell who worked in coffee-growing regions in Central America, and when he moved to California he noticed coffee plants growing in gardens and wondered if large-scale production was an option.
He started his coffee transplant in 2001 in the University of California Cooperative Extension, and he found out that the sub-tropical plants could thrive in the Golden State. Later on, Gaskell recruited Jay Ruskey of Good Land Organics to help with trials, hoping coffee could be a valuable niche crop to help sustain small farms.