Jamaica is famous for Reggae music and having some of richest soil for growing coffee. That’s why Rohan Marley, son of the legendary Bob Marley, has returned to his father’s estate in Jamaica to create Marley Coffee. Founded in 2009, Rohan set out to complete the other half of his father's dream by coming back home to farm.
Varieties of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee began flourishing in the 1700's and continue to be some of the most sought-after coffees in the world. What makes Rohan’s brew of coffee unique is that the beans are grown on the family's 52-acre estate farm with no genetic engineering or use of pesticides in the production process. In fact, Marley Coffee is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Organic Crop Improvement Association of Canada, OCIA.
Rohan and the other members of the company pride themselves on producing coffee through sustainable methods. This means the production process doesn’t just take from the environment, it also gives back by growing new trees and shrubbery after the land is tilled. The company recently partnered with the Rain Forest Alliance, using the organizations guidance on how to produce coffee in ecologically friendly ways.
Community is also another important principle of Marley Coffee. The company has created economic opportunities in Jamaica and other parts of the world through their coffee producing methods. The jobs provide a living for many growers who would otherwise not be able to earn a livable wage.
You can find Marley Coffee online, at retail stores like Safeway or Whole Foods and others throughout the United States and Canada. Rohan believes that as the organic movement continues to grow and become commonplace in the everyday diet, Marley Coffee will be positioned to be a major player in the coffee market. If things work out like he expects, it won’t be long until you’ll see bags of Marley Coffee alongside those of Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts.