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Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation

Address: 73 1944 Hao St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Phone Number: 808 345 6600
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Ranked #9 of 50 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Farms, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Up in the rain forest above Kona, Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation is the highest grown coffee in...
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Type: Farms, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Nice change of pace. 10 degrees cooler up there. 25 minutes from airport. Learned a lot about the making of coffee beans and Kona coffee. Enjoyed the tour. Took 30 minutes plus obligatory time in little store.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This plantation is located in the clouds! That's what makes the coffee so good. I attended the free tour, which started with complimentary coffee. It was interesting to learn about the growing and picking process over 30mins or so. Afterwards you can buy their coffee. The peaberry is the premium coffee but too expensive for me. (Think around $40...would have... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

January 12, 2015 we visited the free tour of the Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation. There were two gift shops to purchase coffee. Staff was friendly and informative. The tour was interesting and also informative. Did you know that beetle remains are in some ground coffee? No, I didn't know that either! Coffee samples are available.

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Kuala Lumpur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

After a steep climb through the hills above Kona, you come across this cute little place. It had a "Mom and Pop" feel about it - much smaller than I expected. You are greeted with free samples of teas and coffees, and on the hour is a free tour, explaining how coffee is grown and processed. Our tour guide, Mary... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This place is settled up in the hills over the city of Kona. Upon arrival we had a chance to try their different types of coffee. We then attended a free tour that lasted about 30 minutes. The tour focused mainly on the roasting building. Our guide was interesting and provided nice information if you’re a beginner in coffee knowledge.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My daughter and I happened to arrive on the Big Island the day before the second hurricane of the year skirted (thankfully!) the islands. Although we sat on the beach and soaked up the sun on the day it "hit,"--a Friday--the after effects were that it rained on Saturday. Searching for a rainy day activity, my daughter found the Mountain... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This was a mostly impromptu visit for us, but we do love coffee. It is in a beautiful location up a little in the mountains and obviously has some excellent coffee. Ample free samples are available. The short tour is free and ours was nearly private with only one other couple. Very friendly and informative. There was no pressure to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We researched a few coffee places to visit and this one looked interesting. The drive up is pretty and gets very cloudy. We were greeted by friendly staff and enjoyed the sample of tea and coffee. Our tour guide Mary Ellen was excellent! She showed us around and educated us on the coffee making process. She knew her stuff! We... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

If you drink coffee at all, you owe it to yourself to take the Mountain Thunder tour and see the tremendous amount of work and skill it takes--7 pounds of picked coffee "cherries" are needed to make 1 pound of coffee. They explain how the beans ripen, how they are totally hand-picked, the numerous sortings, the different roasting temperatures. It... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Upon arrival, you're greeted by friendly staff, ducks, cats, roosters.... not to mention delicious coffee and tea samples and an interesting video about the coffee plantation. The free tour is short but informative and the gift shop has a huge selection of coffee and coffee bean products. We bought lots of gifts to take back for friends at home.

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