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“As Organic as it Gets”

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation
Ranked #10 of 137 things to do in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Up in the rain forest above Kona, Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation is the highest grown coffee in the state of Hawaii and the largest organic coffee farm in the state as well. 2011 Good Food Awards 1st place winner and 2011 & 2012 Kona Cream of the Crop 1st place winner. 2012 & 2013 SIAL Golden Bean award winner (international competition held in Canada). 2013 Hawaii Coffee Association Cupping Contest: 1st place Kona District and 1st place Commercial Division. 2013 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Contest 1st Place Classic Division. Mountain Thunder offers Free tours daily (no reservation required, walk-ins welcome!), on the hour every hour between 10am and 4pm (1st tour starts at 10am, last tour starts at 4pm). VIP tours and roasting lessons are available by appointment only, Cost ranges from $65.00 - $199.00. Book a VIP tour or Roasting lesson through Mountain Thunder's website (link above). Must book at least 24 hrs in advance.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

We wanted to get a feel for how coffee was made. And this did not disappoint. At 3200 feet above sea level it was a cool 65 degrees and it rains every day there. I loved the ability to try their coffees and then go see how they are made from the picking to the roasting! If you go, make sure you get a private plantation tour, as it is much more in depth than a free one. Make sure to try the chocolate covered beans! It's crazy to think that they pick beans from this little plantation to go all over the world.

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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Great coffee. Learned a lot about the process and different size beans and roasting methods. They end up discarding to compost a good percentage of beans. Didn’t know freezing beans is bad storage method. Also they have a shelf life of only 1 year. Bought some beans to try at home and for gifts.

As I learned from another review you don’t get to walk thru the garden just a few trees near the entrance. Very nice people run this place. I am now a big fan of their coffee!!! Mahalo:)

Thank Joe D
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Had a free afternoon today and decided on a whim to take a coffee plantation tour. Read a few reviews online and decided on Mountain Thunder. SO GLAD we did! Scenic drive through nice residential areas up to 3200 ft! Amazing change in weather from 87 and sunny to 70 and pouring rain. Tiny place consisting of 3 or 4 building: a small shop, small restroom facilities, and the warehouse where coffee is processed. The tours are FREE and start on the hour. The young lady who led our tour today was absolutely delightful and extremely knowledgeable. Although you're not taken to the actual fields, there are coffee plants growing all over the place and she used them to illustrate her points. Talked us through the process from harvest to cup emphasizing the points along the way where a small boutique company like Mountain Thunder separates themselves from larger operations in terms of quality. At the end of the tour you're led to the gift shop where you're free to peruse totally free of pressure. There are unlimited free samples of the house brews, teas, beauty products, and even chocolate covered coffee beans! We enjoyed a solid 30 min in the shop, but we also walked out with about $90 of product so I think it was a win-win :-)

Thank jpbloom55
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

A wonderful tour and experience at a REAL coffee farm !! I loved tasting the various coffees and learning the differences! The staff was very welcoming, educating and customer service oriented !

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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

We got a cool little tour that maybe lasted 15 minutes and a couple good samples. Walked away with a bag of some primo coffee and was happy we stopped by. Definitely worth a quick trip.

Thank Corbin L
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