Bob Marley dreamt of one day putting his passion of music into farming. Through his son Rohan Marley, that dream was finally brought to life.
When asked “Why coffee?” Rohan Marley often speaks of his family and his legacy. He comes from a family full of passion for music and the earth.
"My father came from the farmland in Nine Mile. There, he learned a deep respect for nature and humanity that helped guide his life. His dream was to return one day.”
Journey to Ethiopia
While visiting a farm on a journey to a Monastery on Lake Tana in Ethiopia in 2000, Rohan began to understand that, like the music his family creates, people have a rhythm.
Following another visit to Ethiopia in 2007, the passion he saw in the farmers inspired him to follow his passions and create Marley Coffee.
Pictured: Woman preparing to perform a Traditional Coffee Ceremony on a hillside outside Lalibela Ethiopia Horn of Africa.
Roasting in Europe
Marley Coffee started roasting in Europe in 2012 - just in time for the London 2012 Olympics. For that monumental sporting event, Marley Coffee had its coffee residency at the Puma Yard – Puma’s own Olympic Village – at the Truman Brewery in London’s fashionable East End.
Rohan and Cedella Marley came to launch the Puma Yard event with a public screening of Kevin McDonald’s ‘Marley’ film. Since its humble beginnings in the UK, Marley Coffee has been featured at numerous festivals, including the Notting Hill Carnival, Glastonbury, One Love Festival and London Coffee Festival, spreading the word of Marley Coffee one cup at a time.
This culminated in 2014 with Marley Coffee Organic One Love Blend winning the Double Star Great Taste Award and a Soil Association Organic Beverage of the Year Award in which Rohan was guest speaker at the Organic Awards. Marley Coffee has since gained a cult and loyal following across Europe with its base firmly established in the organic and health food store and cafe sector across the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, France, Holland, Czech Republic and Hungary with more to come in the future.
New for 2020
Marley Coffee is continuing to innovate in Europe with the launch of our expanded range include Talkin' Blues Jamaica Blue Mountain, Smile Jamaica, Rainforest Alliance range and 100% Aluminium 100% recyclable Nespresso™- Compatible capsules.