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“Coffee as though it was the first time.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation
73 1944 Hao St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
808 345 6600
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Ranked #73 of 204 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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“Coffee as though it was the first time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We found this place by accident. We were actually looking for a bird sanctuary that we never found. We got there about 20 before the next tour and it starts with a pair of videos on how they work and both were from TV shows; one was from the Food Network. Our tour was free but there is a more in-depth tour that does charge and takes you into the farm area. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and answered all questions with some humor. She showed us coffee plants on the side of the road and explained why Mountain Thunder was the best. It had to do with the elevation and being between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. We watched coffee being roasted and man did that smell good. We also got to sample coffee and after one small cup with milk and sugar I tried it just black and found I loved it. I do not drink coffee this way but found that I really loved the coffee taste like that. The tour ended in the gift shop and you can buy several kinds of coffee and candies. Here is the spot where I said what the heck, the prices were from about $22 for a half pound to over $50. I could not believe I did it but I bought two bags of Peaberry as gifts and decided to keep one for myself.

Visited October 2012
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Mountain Thunder clap”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

A little too pretentious for my tastes. Our guide gave a good educational speech about coffee farming, and was a good salesman for the Kona brand, but it was clear that the whole goal was to get you in the gift shop for their $40 a pound brew.

Visited October 2012
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“The Coffee Is Really THAT Good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

One of the more pleasant surprises of our stay on the Big Island was the tour of this plantation. But don't blink on the way up the mountain because you might miss it! We were met with the honking of a gaggle of geese as well as a cat napping in a basket on a picnic table. We were told of the importance of the geese later on in the most informative tour. Our guide Judi was fantastic. We learned a whole bunch about Kona coffee and by the time the tour was over, we didn't mind spending the extra money to acquire this treasure. The free samples were also greatly appreciated. A visit to this place is a must for all those who enjoy a quality cup of coffee. We don't think we could ever look at a cup of Folgers again! All in all, a very worthwhile way to spend a couple of hours.
They offer more comprehensive tours that you can pay for, but the free ones are most adequate.

Visited November 2012
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“Great tour, excellent coffee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We did one of the VIP tours while we were at the plantation and it was awesome. It was just me and my girlfriend getting a tour from Bryce, the son of the plantation's founder, around the whole plantation and the processing and roasting facilities. Bryce was super-friendly and told us a lot about how coffee is grown in general and what they do especially on their farm. We then saw the complex processing facilities that are needed to reveal, wash and sort the previous coffee beans and how much effort goes into assuring great quality in the coffee. Even though Bryce gave us a huge amount of information in over 3 1/2 hours it was very easy to understand and follow. Of course we made a stop at their small shop on the plantation after the tour and bought an insane amount of coffee which is fantastic if you enjoy great coffee!

Visited October 2012
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“Don't Bother Visiting the Farm.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We went to the farm for a tour. The lady had no personality. She offered us a sample of coffee, pointed to some coffee plants and told us to go to the processing center for a tour. We went down the road and found Kona Joe's and took their tour. They actually showed us the farm and walked us through the processing center. Then we enjoyed some samples and the great view. It was awesome experience !

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