Beaver Creek Coffee Farm

 

Beaver Creek Coffee EstateThe story of Beaver Creek Coffee Farm begins many years ago when Ed Cumming, did a geography project on Brazil and was particularly taken by coffee production in this region. It was only years later, after moving to Natal from the Transvaal, that his interest in farming and especially in coffee was rekindled. He began looking to buy a farm in this region during the early eighties and ended up buying a banana farm called Bonnie Brook. He renamed it Beaver Creek, as a family of beavers were to live here.

My Grandparents joined us to help in the farming, especially with my grandfathers engineering skills that were used to install water pumps, electricity, buildings, fixing tractors....the list is endless.

Roasted Coffee BeansThe first coffee trees my father germinated was from four seeds that were obtained from a friend in Tanzania in 1983. He germinated them in his office on the windowsills and these trees still stand today behind our nursery. Two years later, with heavy droughts and falling banana prices, 300 seedlings, germinated from these 4 original trees, were planted in a half hectare of land that was infested with a banana disease called 'Panama'.

Our Coffee Species
The species of tree planted on our farm is Coffee Arabica (Arrabica Coffee), after its region of origin; it is the source of the world's finest tasting, most drinkable coffee. It has more superior flavour, which is richer, tastier and more aromatic. The other known species is Coffea canephora (Robusta coffee), not planted on our farm, cost is less to grow, making it an attractive crop for poorer coffee-producing countries and is used mostly in instant coffees. The flavour is not comparable to that of Arabica.

 

Last Updated (Friday, 07 August 2009 22:18)

 
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