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Mountain Thunder - Kona Coffee Tours

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Address: 73-1944 Hao St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-8689
Phone Number: +1 808-345-6600
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Up in the rain forest above Kona, Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation is the...

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. 2013 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Contest 1st Place Classic Division. Mountain Thunder offers Free tours daily (no reservation required, walk-ins welcome!), on the hour every hour between 10am and 4pm (1st tour starts at 10am, last tour starts at 4pm). VIP tours and roasting lessons are available by appointment only, Cost ranges from $65.00 - $199.00. Book a VIP tour or Roasting lesson through Mountain Thunder's website (link above). Must book at least 24 hrs in advance.

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Great for Coffee Lovers

Took the free tour of the Thunder Mountain coffee plantation. What a nice, informative overview of the Kona coffee agriculture and process. Kona coffee seems to be such an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Arcadia, California
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Arcadia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took the free tour of the Thunder Mountain coffee plantation. What a nice, informative overview of the Kona coffee agriculture and process. Kona coffee seems to be such an artisan process; plantations owned and run by 2nd and 3rd generation families who take pride in their product. Didn't realize how small and defined the area was for growing Kona coffee.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first ever trip to a coffee farm. The free tour was so informative! It was really neat to see the process of how it goes from the tree to the cup. It was also nice that they had little coffee and tea samples. And we loved the kitty cats on the property! There were chickens, too:)

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my Husband stopped here on our honeymoon because I happen to be a coffee addict. As a barista that works at a coffee roasting company back home, I was extremely excited. Arriving at the farm in the afternoon, we were greeted by chickens and cuddly farm cats. But, there were no employees or guest. We sat down and... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It rained during our tour, and that didn't matter. This is a basic tour that describes the trees, the cherries, the picking, the milling, the grading separation, the roasting, etc. You will learn about coffee grades, levels of roasting, and Kona coffee versus Kona blend. You can sample the coffee (and the tea!) and there is a small gift shop... More 

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Lake Luzerne, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth a visit especially if you want to purchase some fresh, premium coffee. I will never think of Hawaii without thinking of this coffee!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

We took the free tour and loved it. The tour took about 20-30 minutes, and you are invited to sample coffee, tea, and chocolates made at the plantation! Make sure to check out the gift shop, the products are great and you feel good supporting organic businesses. Our guide, Emily, was fantastic!!! She was very knowledgeable, passionate and enthusiastic about... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Mountain Thunder's basic coffee roasting tour is fun, fast and free... and available on Sundays. The upcountry environs of the Hao Street location are a cool and refreshing break from the sunny and sometimes overheated Kialua-Kona area. We definitely got the sense that this was not some ultra-slick commercialized tourist trap since our tour was almost sidetracked by our guide... More 

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Swedesboro, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

We had visited & completed the tour 2 years ago and loved the coffee so we went back this visit to buy some to take home direct from the source. The tour is interesting and informative and you can sample a couple of coffee roasts as well as their tea. We love the coffee and have ordered it online in... More 

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Springdale, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

We signed up for the VIP tour rather than the free tour. We were able to see other parts of the farm, spend more time in the facility, and got to roast our own packages of coffee. This tour includes lunch, which was good (but wasn't a highlight of the tour). Be sure to wear walking/hiking shoes for this tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I did the coffee roasting tour. While we waiting for our tour to start we enjoyed complementary coffee. There was also Hawaiian tea to sample. The first part of the tour we attended the "free tour" for 30 minutes. We learned about the coffee cherry all the way to the roasting process. The 2nd portion of our... More 

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