Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Tours of the farm are rich in beauty and packed with facts

  • by onRoute
  • Jul 13, 2016
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Don’t dare leave without pairing another coffee with some famous chocolate cake.

Sabie Valley Coffee


Sabie Valley Coffee offers an intimate coffee experience. Tours are conducted by owners, Tim and Kim Buckland, who have been producing 100% Arabica coffee since 1984. Lap up your time with them as they personally present an in depth overview of the journey of the humble coffee bean from blossom to brew and share their 30-odd years of experience in the coffee farming business. Visit the roastery to see how the beans are roasted and end off by wrapping your tastebuds around a coffee tasting session. Once the tour is done, your experience is far from over! Explore the wonderful on-site coffee gift shop, relax at the brand new espresso bar and don’t dare leave without pairing another coffee with their famous chocolate cake. 

You don’t need to travel to the depths of Colombia to explore an authentic working coffee farm. Local coffee tours are packed with culture and history, and include fascinating visits to the plantation sites, coffee fields, roasters, and on-site cafés. It’s a wonderful winter travel experience!

Tours are scheduled for Wednesdays at 14h00. Booking is essential and group tours can also be arranged. Having just relocated from Hazeyview, Sabie Valley Coffee are now trading and roasting from new premises at The Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River.


Crown Coffee


Crown Coffee has a unique and interesting history and origin. Started up in 2003 by two brothers-in-law, in the hills high above Tzaneen where some coffee plants were found growing wild in the forest. These coffee plants were being spread by the monkey population and Crown Coffee used these plants as the basis for its plantation. It is the only Coffee Estate in South Africa above 1000 metres in altitude, producing speciality coffee with no pesticides or herbicides used in the farming process.

They grow, harvest, process, roast, grind and package the coffee which is currently only distributed through its own restaurant. The close partnership between farmer, roaster and barista results in a high quality artisan-type, single estate coffee. Tours of the farm are rich in beauty and packed with facts. The tour is 1.5 hours and usually starts on weekdays at 10am. Booking is essential. You can also stay on the farm with guest accommodation on offer.


Beaver Creek Coffee Estate and Roastery

KwaZulu Natal

From only four trees back in 1984 to more than 60 000 trees now, Beaver Creek has remained a family-owned business with three generations personally involved in the growing, harvesting and roasting of their much-loved coffee. The daily ‘Crop to Cup’ tour outlines the distinctive flavours of the world’s coffee regions and the processes involved in creating the perfect cup. Visitors can enjoy a 30 to 45 minute walk-about tour of the Estate and indulge in bottomless coffee tastings to ensure you sample all the coffee varieties available! While there, you can purchase the range of freshly roasted Beaver Creek coffee as well as other coffees of the world and enjoy a delicious meal at The Estate Cafe. The daily tour starts at 12 noon and booking is essential!


 Top 3 Local Coffee Shop Experiences 

Truth Coffee Roastery, CT

Voted the best coffee shop in the world by The Telegraph, this sexy steampunk-inspired shop offers sublime artisan coffee, raw steel warehouse décor and friendly baristas.

The Bike & Bean, DBN

This humble coffee house on the promenade has their priorities in order - buy a cuppa and then hire a bike to ride out akong the Durban shore!

4th Avenue Coffee Roasters, JHB

A small little shop where locals flock to get their daily fix. The coffee is imported but roasted, ground and brewed on the premises.