I have a confession: coffee makes my world a better place. For 26 years I thought it was a putrid substance, but as I said recently, grad school has brought us lovingly together. I actually miss coffee when I don’t manage to grab a cup on my way out the door each morning. As the temperature has dropped I’ve especially come to appreciate the warmth that it offers. I may never come to understand coffee after dinner, but sign-me up for a cup or two with breakfast.
My developing relationship with coffee led me to Marley Coffee, a gourmet coffee company that is worth sharing for multiple reasons. Let’s get the most obvious out of the way: it was started by Bob Marley’s son and friend Shane Whittle. Pretty cool, huh?
Bob Marley always said he would return to farming one day. With Marley Coffee, Bob’s son Rohan fulfills the dream. Rohan remembers his grandmother drying their wild coffee berries in the sun, then hulling and roasting them for her own cup of coffee each morning. Marley Coffee is determined to deliver that same intoxicating aroma and rich smooth flavor into every cup.
The near celebrity status of this company has not hindered it from making decisions that are both environmentally and socially responsible. Their coffee beans are harvested from around the world from farms that produce organic beans in an ethical and sustainable way. Marley Coffee has made it their mission to give back to these coffee-producing communities through Kicks for Cause (which they started). Kicks for Cause is a foundation that builds soccer fields and soccer camps as a way to enrich the lives of children. Marley Coffee’s firm belief in keeping children out of the workforce has also led them to make a commitment to pay the workers on their Jamaican farm twice the average coffee farmer salary. Marley Coffee is also a partner of 1Love.org, which encourages giving back to worthy causes through either donations or actions. Everyone can offer at least one or the other, and I encourage you to check out 1 Love. Only good things can come out of a mission that revolves around youth, the planet, and peace, while also cherishing the ideals of hope and unity. Their current featured mission is to build a school in Uganda. I encourage you to pitch in if you can.
Back to the coffee! Marley Coffee sent me an incredibly generous box of coffee and tea samples. I don’t have a pod machine so I was unable to try the tea (steeping it in a cup didn’t quite work out), but the coffee was excellent. None were bitter and each was noticeably unique. All of my samples arrived as ground beans- I typically drink whole bean coffee but I was unable to discern any difference in flavor and found the ground beans to be very convenient. My top two favorites were the Kingston City Roast and One Love. My husband, who I might consider a coffee connoisseur, raved and raved about the Lion’s Blend. Without prompting he insisted that it was the best coffee he has ever had. That’s a noteworthy endorsement. Based on the reviews on the Marley Coffee site (which are cleverly measured in coffee beans rather than stars), it doesn’t seem as if you could go wrong with any flavor. Every coffee product has scored over 4/5 beans.
One other feature that is handy is that Marley Coffee offers a monthly subscription service. You chose the product(s) and the frequency and they make it happen. Right now they’re also offering a Bodum Press with any initial coffee subscription over $30. In addition to coffee and tea, Marley Coffee also offers equipment, drinkware, apparel, DVDs, and CDs.
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Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this review. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All thoughts are my own.