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Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation

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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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Interesting, great coffee, worth the drive

A fun stop to learn about coffee in general, kona coffee in particular and to drink some really good coffee. It is in the cloud forest so rain always a possibility but don't let... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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101 reviews 101 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

A fun stop to learn about coffee in general, kona coffee in particular and to drink some really good coffee. It is in the cloud forest so rain always a possibility but don't let that stop you. They have lots of umbrellas! My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this outing.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Great way to see the whole process of coffee production! There's a short presentation on the growing process showing how the coffee cherries are turned into beans but, for me, the fun part was watching how the dried beans are graded and sorted by very noisy machines. We got a look at the roasting ovens; the paid VIP tour lets... More 

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Brookings, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

While we did not go to the "big farm" where the tours are conducted, we did stop twice at the other farm further south. They provide samples of the various coffees and have multiple different types of beans for sale, along with some other products such as soap and lotion (which smell amazing). The Black & Tan brew is easily... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This place is easily accessible form Hwy 11. It offers nice coffee and tea sampling and offers tours regularly. they also market their own Macadamia nuts which are delicious.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We wanted to visit a local Kona Coffee plantation and this was a short drive up the mountain from Kona. Great tour and of course coffee samples. I learned a great deal about the local coffee.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It's quite a drive up the mountain but well worth it. When we got there we were the only guests that arrived at that time, so we got a personal tour of the plantation from where they grow the coffee to how they process the beans. It was so laid back, that we felt totally relaxed with our guide, we... More 

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Honolulu
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The best Kona coffee, perhaps the best coffee in the world. Grown at elevations in Kona previously thought impossible, the low acid, rich, fragrant beans from mountain thunder are known by discriminating coffee drinkers as a Kona gem. Expect to pay a slight premium, for a glimpse of the labor intensive process, google the Discovery Channel's feature on the unique... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

A tough entrance to find and negotiate. The exit is even wilder. It's all worth it and safe. You are on a mountain after all. Very quaint and old fashioned. A little less upscale in appearance than the other plantations but that should not be a deterrent. They have free tours that are informative. The staff is friendly. Parking is... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We visited the Mountain Thunder Plantation in March 2015. It was a very nice, informative tour starting with a general explanation of how and where coffee is grown on the island and then walked through the process of how the beans are processed. I'm not a huge coffee fan but I really enjoyed the free samples (both coffee, tea and... More 

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Kobe, Japan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Very friendly staff, informative tour with overview of coffee making process and plantation tour, quaint gift shop

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