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Reviewed 30 March 2021

We drove all the way from Hazyview to do a coffee tour and after a terrible drive to get to the restaurant, when we eventually got there, it looked abandoned and very deserted. We could hear a few voices in the background but no one...came to welcome us. Then an overly friendly dog came up to us and jumped all over us with his muddy paws, ruining our clothes. Although the entrance sign says “open 7 days a week” this place is clearly deserted and should definitely not be recommended by Tripadvisor. Don’t waste your time like we did.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 30 March 2021 via mobile

Absolutely woeful experience! It took us a good 25min to navigate the dirt road heading towards the Austrian Coffee Estate. Once we had finally arrived, we were greeted by a dilapidated venue which looked nothing like a coffee estate. Everything looked closed and the only...sign of life was a friendly dog. Please do not waste your time or your car warranty on visiting this place.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 28 September 2020

DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME My sister and her husband were with us on holiday in the area. My husband and I previously visited a coffee farm in KZN and wanted to share the same coffee-experience with them, because my sister is a coffee-lover. Arriving on...the farm the estate seemed abandoned. As we decided to leave a young lady came out and we asked her how much it would be for a tour. She advised that it was for free and that she will call the owner. After waiting about 25minutes in bitter cold weather of 12 degrees, Brigitte came out and start telling us about all their personal problems. During the “tour” she seemed not to know much as she couldn’t even find the small coffee plants until we showed it to her. Before the end of the “tour” she asked if we would have some coffee and Austrian cake. At the KZN farm coffee was part of the tour and we accepted that here we would have to pay for the coffee and cake. During the “tour” she took a cellphone call which lasted quite some time and then she took some more time telling us more about their personal problems. The small coffee plantation was full of weed and the machinery was rusted and did not look well maintained. Overall the farm looked run-down and not like a fully operational coffee business. After the “tour” she showed us to a table in an open deck. We waited for about half an hour in the cold and heard how she was swearing using Jesus’ name. We had a choice of strong or mild coffee and with the lukewarm coffee came, to our surprise a Menu. The menu indicated the cost of the tour as R100-00 per person and an additional R30-00 for each coffee and small piece of cake. When we told her that we were informed that the tour was for free, she turned her eyes upwards and graciously gave us a 10% discount. We also bought 2 coffee tins for R60-00 each and afterwards saw that one was a used tin. For an amount of R600,00 (excluding the tins) this was a quite a disappointing experience especially when compared to the visit to the estate in KZN. Their advertisement is unfortunately misleading: “Visit one of the larges coffee farms in South Africa, 25km from Graskop. Tastes different 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”. There was only strong and medium coffee to choose from (no different blends) and no mention of how coffee experts taste and evaluate the characteristics of coffee. Susan LarneyMore

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 18 August 2019 via mobile

My family and I enjoyed the informative tour of the coffee estate given by the owner, Walter. The coffee is delicious!

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 17 May 2018

The Austrian couple are very hospitable hosts. Walter led the estate tour, providing really useful information concerning the coffee bean cycle - from growing to roasting & packaging. The tour was most informative, with questions expertly answered. Additional information about the history of the farm...was freely provided - it made very compelling telling ....... For our cup of coffee at the end, we requested medium roast & black. The taste was simple, unique, and very pleasing to the palate. I believe the taste is one of the advantages of the slow-roast technique used. Now we need to source more of their beans - from Durban! Brigitte provided her freshly baked Sashertorte (a famous Austrian Choc cake) - very moist & delicious. Also available from the estate:- * Coffee-tea (produced from the pulp) * Coffee liqueur (40% proof - the entire inventory was purchased by a recent visitor!)More

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

We love coffee and are always looking for good coffee in every area. This was the most disappointed experience throughout our 9 weeks trip in South Africa. The owners are very kind but the estate is outdated and seemed abandoned. It has beautiful views and...much potential however the coffee that was served was clearly not made with their own beans an not even prepared by using an espresso machine. The cappuccino I had was Nescafe gold cappuccino from a sachet... My husband's coffee was a simple filter coffee. We did not expect this kind of coffee serving especially because it is a coffee estate. Unfortunately we paid 60 rand for coffee that did not taste good at all... We did not do any tour. As mentioned above the owners were very kind, we felt like we could not complain or share our feedback then and there.More

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed 5 February 2018

I like that place very much. Such a beautiful scenery. You can sit, relax and enjoy your coffee with homemade cake!

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed 10 January 2018

We stumbled across this place almost by accident and had an extremely informative tour of his coffee farm, His two dogs (Charlie and Sasha) and horse (Lottie) followed us around. At the end of the tour we sampled the coffee and some cake (very good)...and chatted to the two ladies who work for him. I think it was R80 per person, which was good value.More

Date of visit: January 2018
Reviewed 9 September 2017

The coffee is grown on the estate and although some 25 kms out of Graskop is worth the viist to sit in the open air resturant and look over the estate. Although we did not do the tour, ther is a tour of the estate...where you are given all the details from nursey to cup in the coffee proccess. Some of the signs on the way to the estate after you turn off the main road are starting to fade so take care.More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

After reading some good reviews we made our way to the coffee farm. The setting is beautiful and it was interesting, but the farm is run-down and I cannot imagine that this is still a fully operational coffee business. There are weeds growing in between...the coffee trees and the machinery is rusted and looks like they are not maintained at all. I honestly think this can be much better, it seems that there is no passion and management at this place. Perhaps it can change and become worth a visit in future, but we won't be returning soon. For those who stop over be sure to take cash, there are no card facilities. Opt for the strong blend, not a bad coffee at all.More

Date of visit: April 2017
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