The Drink: Marley Coffee Get Up, Stand Up
Type: Whole Bean Light Roast, Central and South American Coffees (Blend)
Overall Rating: 4 Out 5 Coffee Mugs
Bob Marley’s son Rohan remembers hearing his father say he was going to stop playing music one day and just farm. Though the elder Marley never fulfilled that wish, Rohan Marley did so for him when he bought a 52 acre farm in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains in 1999. In 2007, he used the land to launch Marley Coffee.
According to the Marley Coffee website, Marley Coffees are USDA Organic and/or Fair Trade Certified, but what guides the company is a commitment to uplift people in rural areas. In One Cup of Coffee, a 20 minute film on Marley Coffee, Rohan Marley says sustainable farming and not using pesticides are good for the farms and their families, today and in the future. Marley Coffee also works with farms throughout the world in order to offer a variety of coffees.
My opening the bag of Get Up, Stand Up let out a range of pleasant aromas and contained beautifully shaped, even-toned brown beans. I first noticed a very sweet smell, like chocolate covered cherries. After emptying the bag into a storage container I smelled a strong nuttiness with molasses in the background. The nutty aroma came out stronger in the ground coffee. When the water hit the coffee in my french press, roasted hazelnuts came to mind — sweet, even and mellow.
There was a rich range of flavors present and a nice even brightness that contributed a lemony zing. I tasted sweetness like dried fruit. I also experienced the taste of red wine.
Overall I really enjoyed this coffee and was impressed by the interestingly complex array of aromas and tastes I experienced.
A representative from Marley Coffee I spoke with told me Rohan Marley didn’t want to do it if he couldn’t do it right. From what I tasted there is a lot being done right in this coffee.
Get Up, Stand Up earned an above average 4 out of 5 on the Daily Shot of Coffee scale.
You can order Get Up, Stand Up online from Marley Coffee’s website for $9.95 for a 12 oz. bag.
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