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Bob Marley may have seen three little birds when he looked out his window the morning he wrote that song, but when I looked on my front porch a few days ago, I found four little packages of Marley Coffee.
Last week I got an email from April, at Cross Country Cafe—online purveyors of K-Cups, coffee pods, ground coffee, whole bean coffee, brewers, filters, etc., etc.—, wanting to know if I’d be interested in sampling some Marley Coffee. My friend Mike Crimmins, of Daily Shot of Coffee, liked their stuff, which was enough endorsement for me; then I also remembered the short-lived #Cele-brew-ty series that Jamie Ferguson, of The Coffee Adventures, and I did.
Then, here I was, presented with an opportunity to add more entries to that series—so I got even more excited.
Within a couple days, I received a big box filled to the brim with packing materials and four eight ounce bags of Marley Coffee.
Many, many thanks to you, April, and Cross Country Cafe for your and their generosity! We, here at the Table, are very grateful.
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Over the next four weeks, we’re going to be stirring it up a bit by drinking four coffees from the same company every Wednesday. To start things off, I’ve brewed us a cup of Marley Coffee Get Up Stand Up blend. Feel free to pull up a chair.
As you can probably tell from the name, the lion emblem, the title of the blend, and the dreadlocks of the man pictured on the package, this coffee has a lot to do with the late reggae legend Bob Marley. As the story goes, Bob Marley swore that, one day, he’d quit the music scene and return to his roots (“rock, reggae”) as a farmer.
A few years ago, one of the heirs to his throne, his son Rohan, took his father’s sentiment to heart and launched Marley Coffee. Presently, Marley Coffee sources their beans from all over the world and have an impressive roster of selections (that all celebrate Bob’s legacy) to choose from.
origin: South America
Well, for starters, the aroma of this coffee doesn’t really smell like much of anything. It definitely has that classic “coffee fragrance,” but nothing about it is pleasant, nor even distinguishable. Actually, it smells like my apron used to smell after a long day of grinding beans at Peet’s Coffee—just a very generic “coffee smell.”
The flavor… Well. The flavor doesn’t have much going for it, either.
It does have a faint resemblance of dark chocolate—bittersweet—, a bit of burnt caramel, some bland floral aromatics, and maybe some citrus of some sort. In addition, each sip finishes off with a lemongrass flavor. But there are a lot of things about this coffee that are sort of stomach-churning that completely mask its flavor profile.
It has a really weird silty mouthfeel, for one thing. Worse, though, is its awful gassiness, alkaline acidity (like licking a battery), a smoky astringency, and the metallic taste it puts in my mouth. If you’ve ever donated plasma, you’ll know what I’m talking about—it’s like biting down on aluminum foil.
Medium body; silty mouthfeel; low, lemon acidity; clean finish; alkaline aftertaste.
the bottom line:
If I were you, and you were sitting in a cafe that was serves Marley Coffee Get Up Stand Up, I would get up, stand up, and head straight for the door.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t expecting much from Marley Coffee going into this review—it was the fabulous reviews I’ve read of it elsewhere that got my hopes up, though. While there were a handful of things that made Get Up Stand Up tolerable, there’s just too much working against it.
Like I said, this is the first of four reviews that I’ll be posting of Marley Coffee, and this is the one I was dreading the least—their “light roast” offering. Cross Country Cafe also sent me a medium roast and two dark roasts. If their “light roast” tasted like this, I’m terrified of what their “dark roast” is.
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