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“very worthwhile” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation
79-7469 Hawaii Belt Road, Kainaliu, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750
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Ranked #11 of 13 activities in Kealakekua
Type: Farms
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Santa Cruz, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“very worthwhile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

I am very happy that I heard about this tour and went to experience it. I learned so much about coffee. Yes, the tour guide is passionate about the coffee and she is intense but put your ego aside and just soak up the bounty of information she is sharing with you. Would you prefer a monotone tour guide? Another bonus to going to the tour is that you discover the beautiful cloud forest that it is located in. I bet most tourists would not see this beautiful area if it were not for the coffee tour at Mountain Thunder.

Visited December 2012
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Elkton, Maryland
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great tour guide and nice family run operation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We had to kill some time between hotel checkout and our flight on our last day and on a whim decided to go up to the Thunder Mountain Coffee Plantation. Tours are scheduled on the hour every hour and are free. We arrived several minutes before 3pm and hung around until our tour started. The tour guide was still finishing up the previous tour and we didn't actually start our tour until probably 3:25PM. We didn't care though, it was a free tour and while you wait you get to watch a Dirty Jobs episode where Mike Rowe visits the farm. You also get to sample their coffee (as much as you want) and see the farm animals roaming the grounds (chickens, geese, cats, dogs, etc.). The tour itself was very informative. Our tour guide had only been there for 3 weeks but was pretty knowledgeable. He started talking about the coffee plant. Then we went inside to see their operation (which is actually really small). The tour ends with the tour guide taking you into the gift shop and showing you all the products. The intent is to get you to buy some of their products. They are not in any way pushy though.

Visited October 2012
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings on this one”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

We went on a Sunday and the woman who gave the tour was incredibly knowledgeable and we learned so much about coffee, more that I think we would have from any other guide and from other tours we went on. Her passion for growing coffee was unmatched. The coffee was the best on the island. They have ducks that help them keep the weeds at bay and a cat named Pumpkin that seemed to enjoy star status. The reason it doesn't get 5 stars is that while the woman was informative, she came across as condescending and way too intense. I think she's only there one day a week, so I'd say go another day.

Visited April 2012
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