Rohan Marley is the founder of Marley Coffee and son of legendary musician and visionary Bob Marley [Robert Nesta Marley O.M.]. Rohan was born in Jamaica in 1972 and later moved to the United States, going on to study sociology at the University of Miami and playing as a linebacker for the U of M Hurricanes.
He would later go on to play professionally for the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Rough Riders, but throughout his football career, Rohan knew deep in his heart that he would one day return to his family roots like his father, whose dream was to eventually become a farmer.
In 1999, Rohan’s dream began taking shape when he found and bought 52 acres of land atop Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, one of the world’s most prized coffee-producing regions. In 2007, Rohan founded Marley Coffee, finally fulfilling his ancestors’ deep-rooted love for farming.
Rohan is a passionate entrepreneur and visionary, like his father, combining his creativity and business acumen to create a self-sustainable and certified organic coffee farm which aims to help preserve Earth’s natural balance. Marley Coffee has seen rapid growth in the gourmet marketplace, thanks to the rich, bold flavors of their coffee beans, and to Rohan’s unwavering support of sustainable, organic, and fairly-traded farming practices.
He also believes strongly in giving back to human causes and communities in need. To help promote happiness and prosperity, Marley Coffee created and continues to support the Kicks For Cause initiative, a youth soccer program that helps enrich and inspire the lives of underprivileged children. And Marley Coffee gives back to this and other causes, through the Marley family’s 1Love.org.
Rohan has also carried on Bob’s legacy by establishing the Tuff Gong Clothing Company, named after his father’s music label, Tuff Gong International. “The clothes are for everyone,” says Rohan. “They’re for the people—just like my father’s music.”
Rohan’s role as a Chairman in Marley family businesses extends beyond Marley Coffee, including other brands such as Tuff Gong Caribbean Distributors LLC, MF Pictures LLC, Tuff Gong Records LLC, Hope Road Merchandising LLC, and Zion Roots Wear LLC. His involvement allows him not only to bring his personal vision to the people, but also to continue his father’s dream of spreading “One Love” to the world.
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