October 4, 2013

Marley Coffee Get Up, Stand Up Real Cups Review

Marley Coffee K Cups Get Up StandUP

Marley Coffee company got its start in 2007 when Rohan Marley (son of the late reggae musician Bob Marley) co-founded the company with Shane Whittle, a Canadian stock tycoon and organic food advocate. Together they ensured the company would remain sustainable, certified organic and practice safe environmentally-conscious practices to promote the coffee, the well-being of the land their coffee was being farmed on and the well-being of the coffee farmers themselves.

Using the Rastafarian ITAL approach of ensuring their coffee is 100% organic & unaltered in any way during the entire growing & cultivating process, the company went to great lengths to make certain their farm was pesticide-free after seeing the negative impact it was having on the farmers’ health and how the run-off of pesticides was killing fish in nearby rivers or killing nearby crops. Fast forward to present day and the company is now thriving with their products appearing in most grocery stores and specialty markets around the world. Today we check out the first flavor in their Real Cup line-up… Marley Coffee Get Up, Stand Up Real Cups.

Marley Coffee K Cups Get Up StandUP kcup only

Brewing these Real Cups resulted in bright floral notes blended with hints of grains, chocolate, molasses and a very faint hint of smoke hiding underneath. Billed as a light roast, flavor was mild & sweet with more floral notes mixed in with hints of molasses and a slightly sour lemon or citrus finish. Acidity was balanced and starting to slightly lean on the stronger side but wasn’t harsh enough to destroy any underlying flavors. Most of its vibrancy is noticed upon first sip with a slight sour bite but it quickly gives way to the main flavors and carries them through to the finish.

Marley Coffee K Cups Get Up StandUP brewing

Body was medium reddish-brown in color with sunburst shades of orange, red & yellow when held in front of a light source. Reminded us of a sunrise and fit well with the morning vibe of the coffee’s namesake. Mouth feel was smooth and substantial without any watery or oily notes whatsoever and made for a pleasant experience. Finish was on the sweeter side with a slight sour citrusy aftertaste. The company claims this finish is lemon grass & we’d be almost inclined to agree as it did seem a bit like that.

Marley Coffee K Cups Get Up StandUP coffee cup

  • Aroma – 10 – Bright floral notes blended with hints of grains, chocolate, molasses and a faint hint of smoke hiding underneath.
  • Acidity – 9 – A bit on the stronger side but really well balanced overall. Wasn’t harsh and allowed flavors to carry through to the finish with a slight sour bite on first sip.
  • Body – 10 – Medium reddish-brown with sunburst notes of orange, red & yellow when held to a light source. Reminded us of a morning sunrise and fit well with the morning vibe of the coffee’s namesake.
  • Flavor – 9 – Mild and sweet with floral notes mixed with hints of molasses and a slight citrusy finish which the company dubs as lemon grass. Upon closer inspection, we’d tend to agree. Pretty good overall.
  • Mouth Feel – 10 – Smooth and substantial, no watery or heavy oily notes whatsoever. Finish was on the sweeter side with a slight citrusy aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker – Suited best for light roast fans who prefer a bit more punch to their average cup. This coffee is almost leaning towards the medium scale and is certainly vibrant enough to make you get up, stand up and start your morning off right.

Overall Rating: 98 – Excellent

When we first heard that Marley Coffee was coming to the Real Cup format, we were rather excited since we knew the coffee was produced in Jamaica and that Jamaican coffee is known for its excellent quality. The first thing that jumped to mind was whether or not we’d see 100% pure Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and we’re proud to confirm that yes… Marley Coffee has indeed introduced this to their Real Cup line-up and it’s 100% Blue Mountain coffee, not blended with any other type of coffee. We’ll be saving that flavor as the last one we review in the Marley Coffee series since we figured we’d save the best for last. We also like the color patterns used on the Real Cup lids and how the company has used names taken from Bob Marley song titles right down to the company’s fitting slogan of Stir It Up.

We think Rohan is taking Marley Coffee in the right direction as his desire to remain organic while giving back to the farmers & ensuring his community remains sustainable are all qualities that more companies should be striving to achieve. Just as his father took time to craft outstanding music, it would appear Rohan is taking the same time to get things done right and we applaud him for doing so. Once you check out theOne Cup of Coffee video on the Marley Coffee website, we dare you not to feel good about this coffee brand & the company’s practices overall. As for this coffee? It’s an outstanding example of a superb light roast with enough punch to wake you up in the morning. Outstanding overall.

Marley Coffee Get Up, Stand Up Real Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup brewers and are available in Canada in 24-packs for $16.99 CAD or can be purchased individually for $0.89 CAD each at ECSCoffee.com. These Real Cups are also available at Amazon.com in USA. Please also note that Real Cups will NOT work with Keurig Vue brewers.

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to note that these Real Cups were supplied by ECS Coffee for the purpose of this review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 4, 2013 7:29 AM

Recent Comments

@Mike Ferguson...

This review was written before the V2 hit the market. Also, the statement is meant to be taken in the context of "by default, without any adapters, K-Cups are not compatible with Vue brewers".

Thanks for the heads-up though as this is the first I've heard of the Solofill V2 and wasn't aware a K-Cup adapter solution for Vue brewers existed.

I'm sure a lot of Keurig K-Cup Brewer & Vue Brewer owners will be glad that they can now use 1 machine for both formats via using this adapter (will certainly save on counter top space).


Posted by: SH at October 8, 2013 9:25 AM

Great timing. I will say I just saw these at a NH Market Basket yesterday and was wondering. Guess I'll pick them up!


Posted by: Dan Clarke at October 7, 2013 6:20 AM

Actually, you can brew these Marleys Realcups in a Vue by using the Solofill V2 from CoffeeIcon.com or any K-cup for that matter.


Posted by: Mike Ferguson at October 4, 2013 10:03 AM
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