Coffee Farms by Ista van Zyl


My road trips do actually revolve around coffee. No detour is ever a problem if I know there is a decent cupper in it for me. When travelling, I will definitely involve anything revolving around this little magic bean. Here are 5 Coffee Farms/Estates that you can visit for tasting and to learn more about this amazing beverage and how it is produced.

Crown Coffee – Limpopo

Crown Coffee has a unique, incredibly interesting history and origin. Started up in 2003 by two brothers-in-law, Gad Ben-Avi and Peter Nel, in the hills high above Tzaneen, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

On the estate, Crown Coffee operates in partnership with the coffee farmer and coffee roaster and barista – this close partnership results in a high quality artisan-type, single estate coffee as there is always close communication right from coffee planting to the tasting. Fermentation is done very specifically and therefore fruitiness and high acidity are qualities strongly associated with the brand. A uniquely African and South African coffee of high quality gets produced and there is an ongoing commitment and passion for excellence.

T: +27 73 638 5921 / +27 83 451 3332

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Sabie Valley Coffee – Mpumalanga

Sabie Valley has been producing Arabica coffee since 1984. Their coffee is grown, processed, roasted to order, and specially packed for clients to ensure its freshness, character and first-class value. The company is owned and managed by Tim and Kim Buckland, situated in Hazyview, Mpumalanga near the Kruger National Park in South Africa. 

The coffee-farming venture started off with very humble beginnings in 1980. To begin with, 15 hectares of coffee orchards were planted. As time passed, they realised that growing green coffee to be supplied to local merchants was not going to be a money-wise option. So in 1984 Tim built a roaster and other tools, and the farming process was streamlined. From then on they developed a unique roasting technique, and the farm began producing its own roasts under the Sabie Valley Coffee brand.

Address: B1, Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, White River

T: +27 13 737 8169  / +27 82 751 3400

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Beaver Creek – Kwazulu-Natal

Beaver Creek understands that to love coffee is to live for coffee, which is why they have dedicated three decades to perfecting their specialty coffees. Grown on the world’s most southern coffee estate in the seaside town of Port Edward, their coffee is on par with the worlds finest. From only four trees back in 1984 to more than 60 000 trees now, Beaver Creek is still a family-owned business with three generations personally involved in the growing, harvesting and roasting of this much-loved coffee. They strive to deliver unique differences in their signature roasts, which is why their picking and harvesting is always done by varietal. It is this personal touch that makes their coffee so distinctive.Visitors to the estate can sample coffee and purchase the range of freshly roasted Beaver Creek coffee and other coffees of the world.

Address: Izingolweni Road, Port Edward, South Coast

T: 039 311 2347 | E: | W:

Austrian Coffee Estate – Mpumalanga

Visit one of the largest coffee farms in South Africa, producing organic coffee 25km east of Graskop. Taste various coffee blends from other coffee growing areas at their coffee tasting facility and learn how coffee experts taste and evaluate the characteristics of coffee, similar to the way this is done with wine.

Approximately 25 hectares is planted with Arabica coffee of which about 15 hectares are presently in production, yielding an average of about 2.5 tons per hectare.

A coffee farm producing organic coffee. You get a round trip on the farm and they have a café with coffee and light meals and cakes – a very authentic experience with very kind people. Coffee quality is good. You can buy different roasts in beans or grinded in the shop. It’s definitely worth a visit.

T: 083 306 4908

Assagay coffee farm – Kwazulu-Natal

Cherishing a boyhood desire to farm, Rick James purchased a seven-acre smallholding in the Assagay Valley, KwaZulu-Natal in August 1991 with the initial intention of going into poultry farming. The existing small plantation of neglected coffee trees already established on the smallholding redirected his attention to coffee farming instead. 

Address: 21, D157 Rd, Camerdown Rural

T: 031 782 1268 | E:


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