Situated near Port Edward on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal is Beaver Creek Farm. This farm is probably a bit more unique than other farms in this area, because they harvest and produce coffee! Tours are available at the estate with Beaver Creek offering their ‘Crop to Cup’ tour where guests can sample the fine coffees produced and learn all about the distinctive flavours of the coffee regions of the world and the skills that one needs to create the perfect cup of coffee …
The farm was purchased in 1984 and the first coffee crop was planted in 1986 … three years later the first crop of Coffea Arabica was harvested and the business has gone from strength to strength ever since. Since 1994 (when the owners of the farm first imported coffee beans) Beaver Creek has gone on to roast more than 66 different varieties of coffee and their roastery on the estate and they now supply supermarkets, restaurants and distribute coffee throughout the country.
Although the true origin of coffee is a mystery it is widely believed that an Ethiopian goat herder observed goats with a certain spring in their step and wanting what they had, sampled some of the berries he’d seen the goats eating. He experienced the same buzz the goats had and the rest, as they say is history!
Coffee Arabica is the species of coffee that is accepted as having originated in the Highlands of Ethiopia and this variety of coffee makes up 80% of the world’s production. Discovered in the Congo in 1898, Coffee Robusta accounts for about 25% to 40% of coffee grown worldwide.
Tours are available at the estate with Beaver Creek offering their ‘Crop to Cup’ tour. The tour takes place daily and allows the visitor to not only sample the fine coffees produced but also explains the distinctive flavours of the coffee regions of the world and the skills that one needs to create the perfect cup of coffee! (Booking is essential).
So, if you would like to learn more about coffee and how to make the perfect cup get in touch with Beaver Creek Estate and book a Crop to Cup tour. The café sells freshly roasted speciality coffees as well as light lunches and yummy cakes.
Contact Details etc …
Beaver Creek Estate, Daily tour starts at 12 noon – Booking essential
Telephone: +27 (0)39 311-2347