The coffee farming venture had humble beginnings. In 1980, 10 hectares of coffee orchards were planted on the misty mountain slopes of the majestic Sabie Valley. With time, the Bucklands realised that growing and selling green coffee was not going to be financially viable. To be successful, they had to be vertically integrated from blossom to brew. In 1984, in the farm workshop, Tim built the roaster and the relevant processing machines. They then perfected their own roasting technique and the SABIE VALLEY COFFEE brand was born.