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Mountain Thunder

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Address: 73-1944 Hao Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Phone Number:
+1 808-345-6600
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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 coffee

Went here on a whim. The tour really is too short and not that informative. Perhaps if you paid for a VIP tour it might be better. The saving grace is the fact that the coffee is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Kelly K
Winnipeg, Canada
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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went here on a whim. The tour really is too short and not that informative. Perhaps if you paid for a VIP tour it might be better. The saving grace is the fact that the coffee is superb

Thank Kelly K
vancouver, canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The free tour is OK but pretty short and happens in about a 50 foot radius of the gift shop. The coffee samples are tasty and the drive up is pretty interesting. We found the prices in the gift shop to be on the high side. We stayed about 30 minutes including the brief tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have done this tour with friends many times and it's always a hoot. Brent is really dedicated to this place; he had the Kona Coffee contract with Costco for years, but some current financial problems are apparently being resolved and the tours have resumed. Pretty good coffee, too.

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Branson, MO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful setting, great tour, endless information. Very interesting and eager to answer questions. We would do this tour again.

Thank KGeorgianna
Grand Island, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In a beautiful location, Mountain Thunder is undergoing some trials and tribulations from an unfortunate business situation. You cannot buy beans under the estate's original name (though they have comparable beans for sale) at this time but they are making the best of it by continuing to host coffee lectures by a very knowledgeable young woman. The free coffees are... More 

1 Thank mingfatsai
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't recommend highly enough. The drive alone is worth the trip. Learned so much about coffee itself.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always enjoy going to local markets and produce plants whenever we travel, so we've visited several. We had never visited a coffee plantation before which made this interesting, but the guide was obviously just going through his paces. I can't fault him, he no doubt has given the same spiel dozens of times a week for who knows how... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mountain Thunder is a very natural very real coffee plantation. We got to tour the facilities where the beans are processed. Some of their methods are newer and some of them old school. I think the blend of the two is part of what makes their coffee good. I loved that this was very laid back natural tour and didn't... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

My wife loves coffee and I don't drink it, but we both really enjoyed Mountain Thunder. The free morning tour was educational and informal. Tried three types of coffee and three types of tea. Great stop in the cloud forest! Highly recommend.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

What an interesting tour we learnt so much about coffee, coffee plantations and the problems faced by this industry. Gift shop is also worth a visit. The scenery on the way up is simply is parts just breathtaking. You need to enjoy the coffee samples offered, each one is so different

Thank Judy C

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