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Address: 73 1944 Hao St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Phone Number: 808 345 6600
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Description: Up in the rain forest above Kona, Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation is...
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. Mountain Thunder offers Free tours daily on the hour every hour between 10am and 4pm (1st tour starts at 10am, last tour starts at 4pm) and VIP tours and roasting lessons available by appointment only. Cost ranges from $65.00 - $199.00 call for reservations.
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Awesome location, products & tour guide

We visited the Big Island again and loved the tour we received by "Sarah" at Mountain Thunder. Very friendly & informative!! We purchased many items from the 'gift shop... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We visited the Big Island again and loved the tour we received by "Sarah" at Mountain Thunder. Very friendly & informative!! We purchased many items from the 'gift shop'. Recommend.

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The free tour at the Kaloko location is informative. I also did the Roast Master VIP tour - it’s worth the money. Under James’ direction, I roasted about four pounds of coffee, labelled the coffee bags, filled each bag, and sealed the bags. I ended up with eight half-pound bags. So you walk away with four pounds of great coffee... More 

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Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I've been to a lot of coffee plantations in various countries but Mountain Thunder's tour was one of the most concise and clear about the path from bean to cup. I toured the plantation off Kaloka road at the 3500 foot level, apparently the only plantation at that altitude in the Kona belt which makes this plantation unusual in itself.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Very detailed showing of how coffee is made from a leaf until it reaches a bag at the store. A lot of options to buy. Tour and tasting are free.

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Eagle River, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We went on the tour of this plantation. The tour guide was really informative and we got to see all aspects of coffee production. She explained about the types of coffee throughly and then we tasted not just coffee but the teas that they have available. Definitely worth the drive up the mountain for this tour.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were driving the entire island and stopped here to look at their 'museum' and informational film about making coffee. They have a nice little shop and we bought a few bags of coffees to take home as gifts. A tad pricey but you are helping the local economy!

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Tigard, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I have been to quite a few coffee plantations throughout my life, and found this one to be the most informative and best cup of coffee so far. The plantation is small, but they make up for it in a wonderful cup of coffee that is full and robust. I like that it is family run and the staff is... More 

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Friendsville, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We found this by driving and exploring - the free tour they give was very informative, well worth the wait till it started! And coffee tasting and tea!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We did the VIP tour and were not disappointed. The people were very friendly and passionate about coffee farming. The whole process was much more hands on than I thought it might be. Lot's of labor involved in making Kona Coffee. The farms are really quite small.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This was quite an interesting tour although you don't get into the fields at all. Takes about half an hour with a guide but a little difficult to hear. Even with a megaphone hearing is difficult at the back of the crowd. Take ur hearing aid if you have occasion to need one. It's easy to find if you have... More 

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