Marley Coffee One Love Real Cups Review
It’s been reported that coffee first got its start in Ethiopia, Africa after farmers noticed their goats behaving strangely after they had eaten coffee berries. Intrigued by this, they soon discovered that the beans inside the cherries could be roasted and mixed with hot water to produce coffee. Once people started cultivating and consuming coffee in the 15th century, it didn’t take long for coffee plants to be exported to different regions by explorers who set out to discover new lands. Most of today’s coffee growing regions owe their start to the birthplace of coffee and it would appear Marley Coffee have decided to use their partnership with other regional coffee farms in Africa to introduce a 100% organic, single-origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee with what we’re reviewing today… Marley Coffee One Love Real Cups.
Brewing these Real Cups resulted in strong floral aromas which were so prominent that they almost smelled like lilacs or maybe… we’re not sure… orange blossoms? Wow… that’s a first! We also noted some very mild earthy notes underneath blended with hints of cinnamon and cocoa. An outstandingly odd mix which actually worked out quite well. Billed as a medium roast, flavor was topped primarily by rich, sweet molasses flavors at first which gave way to dark chocolate notes which ended up being the primary flavor note of this coffee blended with subtle berry flavors hiding near the finish. Awesome.
Closer inspection revealed even more complexities dancing around in the cup… after a while, cereal & grain notes started to emerge and we even started detecting some of the mild cinnamon notes hiding in the background. Acidity was superbly balanced sitting right at the medium level and was only noticeable mid-sip (yet another first). It wasn’t overbearingly strong like most dark roast African coffees but was instead nicely sharp & vibrant just making for a satisfying cup.
Body was medium to dark brown in color with shades of orange tinged with yellow around the edges when held in front of a light source. Mouth feel was smooth and had an almost lighter feel to it overall it wasn’t too oily but wasn’t watery either. Finish was on the sweeter side with some smoky notes that blended into more dark chocolate in the aftertaste.
- Aroma – 10 – When we say floral aromas, we MEAN floral aromas! Amazingly strong floral notes which almost smelled like lilacs or maybe even orange blossoms (we were having trouble discerning) blended with very mild earthy notes underneath with hints of cinnamon and cocoa. A weird mix, but it works!
- Acidity – 10 – Superbly balanced right down the middle which resulted in a medium level which was only noticeable mid-sip (another first since we usually get the sour hit at the beginning or end of a sip). Nicely sharp & vibrant making for a pleasant cup.
- Body – 10 – Medium to dark brown in color with shades of mostly orange tinged with yellow on the edges.
- Flavor – 10 – An amazingly complex mix that kept revealing more and more as we went along. Dominated mostly by dark chocolate notes, we also detected sweet molasses flavors at the beginning which blended with cereal & grain notes, very mild cinnamon and subtle berry notes near the finish. Superbly delicious blend which had us jammin’ round the room.
- Mouth Feel – 9 – The only reason this didn’t score a perfect 10 was due to a lighter feel… we would have like it to be slightly more substantial, other than that things were smooth and not too oily.
- Coffee Drinker – Suited best for medium roast fans who like things a bit on the stronger side. The strong dark chocolate flavors throughout will have most chocolate fans enjoying this coffee as well and if you like complexities in aromas and flavors, this is the coffee for you.
Overall Rating: 99 – Excellent
Wow… simply amazing. We knew the Marley Coffee brand was billed as a premium coffee, but we had no idea results would be so consistently outstanding. If each coffee in the line-up was a song, we’d say Rohan is pumping out hit after chart topping hit much like his father did. We are seriously starting to consider this as one of our favorite coffee brands to date and are even willing to claim that the quality surpasses most of what we’ve seen Keurig-licensed companies produce. That’s a bold statement, but then again, this is a bold coffee… well, figuratively, not literally (there’s no bold/extra bold labeling on the packaging).
We could definitely see adding this flavor to our regular coffee stash and think it’s a great example of why 15th century farmers understood they had a winner on their hands when they decided to start cultivating coffee beans. This is, for all intents & purposes, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe at its best (as far as we can tell) & we can’t recommend this enough. The aroma & flavor of this coffee will have you jammin’ for hours and is sure to be a hit among stronger medium roast fans and anyone who enjoys chocolaty coffees with very mild berry notes thrown in for good measure.
Marley Coffee One Love 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 7, 2013 7:28 AM