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Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation

73 1944 Hao St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
808 345 6600
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Ranked #75 of 205 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Type: Farms, Ranch & Farm
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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. 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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Seneca, South Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

a very informative and short tour of the farm's plantation, but no walk around anything but the store and upper visitors center. we were a little disappointed. James was so nice, and we bought some of their organic Kona, and their healh teas, even chocolate covered pea Berries! yum! mornings are best as that's the nicer weather time of day.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

We had our best tour yet at mountain thunder. Mary Ellen was a very good guide who explained the kona coffee process very well It's a good place to visit and very convenient up the hill from kona

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La Crescenta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A highly informative (Mary Ellen was our guide) tour of a working coffee operation! This place is higher in elevation than all other growers in the area, in the cloud forest, which, as explained by Mary Ellen, has a different climate and moisture than lower on the mountain and necessitated some innovations in pruning and growing techniques by the owner.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

A short presentation about growing kona coffee. one tree is shown with beans growing on it Some equipment is shown and demonstrated. An explanation of the levels of the coffee is interesting. Samples of the different coffees is available for people to try at no cost. The tour ends up in their store. I did not find it worth the... More

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United States
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110 reviews 110 reviews
36 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Can't really complain about a free tour. If there was a charge, I would expect more. Like more sampling. You do end up in a gift shop, but they don't make you feel like you have to buy anything. The free tour is good when you want to know just a little bit more about coffee, but don't want to... More

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Long Beach, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I always wondered what the hype was about Kona Coffee. Why should I pay twice the amount for my coffee that didn't seem worth even 10% more than a bag from Starbucks? Or that's what my impression was after trying it a few years back. First of all, that bag of coffee I tried back then was probably only 10%... More

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Allen, Texas
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26 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We visited the place twice, a nice drive with lots of bird watching on the way, so we did not mind. First time, we came over and joined a free tour of the factory and overview of the processing that started five minutes before we arrive. That one was interesting, but too quick, although the machinery they use is pretty... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Mattie May was our tour guide and she did a very professional job. Enthusiastic and educated presentation. There's no walking on this tour. It's all done within a few yards of the entrance. It's taken me a while to appreciate kona coffee as the taste is subtle and nuanced but now I'm hooked. The drive up is barely 20 minutes... More

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Saratoga, California
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36 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

we'd done a coffee plantation tour on Kauai a few years ago that was self-guided and through the plantation - many coffee trees, very interesting. This tour was different, which was good: we were in the cloud forest, learned about why that's unusual for growing coffee, and toured the processing area, where we learned about how coffee is sorted, roasted,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Mattie was our guide and she proved to be very knowledgeable and fun. Who knew how much goes into that fine cup of Kona coffee? The plantation is beautiful, set up into the side of the cloud forest on the side of Hualalai and was a nice change from beach time.

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