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“Good Diversion” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mountain Thunder

Mountain Thunder
Ranked #12 of 129 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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. 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities
Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good Diversion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Easy to get to but I didn't see any signs so get directions or use GPS. The drive is lovely, up into the hills. The free tour gives you an overview of the coffee growing and harvesting processes. We watched for a few moments while they were doing the roasting and we learned a few things about coffee that we didn't know. I was surprised that the teas were quite good, too. We were only able to taste one type of coffee, which seemed a little odd to me because I would think that the more opportunity to taste would equal more purchases, but maybe not. Anyway, the coffee is very good and the tour was enjoyable. Great place to pick up some gifts to take back home.

Visited April 2014
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“Excellent free tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

We decided to visit Mountain Thunder coffee based on positive reviews in Fodor's 2014 guidebook of Hawaii. Unfortunately they only list the outlet location on the highway south of Kona that is basically a retail store only. The helpful clerk gave us directions to the plantation and processing facility located high above Kona ( 35 minute drive away). The drive up the hill is well graded and beautiful and safe.

The free tour is informative and gives an overall education on coffee production. There were 3 brews including one decaf available for tasting as well as 2 type of chocolate coffee beans and 3 teas made from the coffee fruit.

The coffee is expensive but there is NO hard sell to purchase anything after touring.

I would recommend this tour for an inexpensive cool interlude away from the beach activities in Kona.

Visited March 2014
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kelowna bc
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“The tour was interesting, coffee is expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

After having visited Greenwell Farms, and being very impressed with their coffee samples set up, we decided to go to a few other Farms on the island. Mountain Thunder was at the top of the list because it was Organic.

We really enjoyed the tour, which was not far in terms of distance traveled, but we were taken right in to the various rooms and shown the equipment used in the coffee roasting process. Our tour guide was very interesting, and the only downside was that all the coffees were not out for tasting. There were only two coffees available and two teas, made from the coffee fruit. I wished there were more coffees out to try. That's what we were there for, after all.

In the end, we asked about prices for coffees, and purchase two types untasted. They were expensive. When we inquired about shipping, it seemed that it was more than the Greenwell's charged.

The drive up was lovely. It's worth the visit just to compare different presentations and different environments around the island.

Visited February 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Great tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

My family and I did a 2 hour long VIP tour of the coffee plantation. Definitely worth the money! We got to see how the whole coffee growing and manufacturing process worked and even got to try some freshly made coffee from the plantation. For a family of avid coffee drinkers, this was certainly a highlight of our vacation. The tour was only a short drive (about 20 minutes) from where we were staying in Kailua-Kona.

Visited March 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“If you don't like coffee, you will!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

We visited Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation in March 2014. We showed up early, when they open. The visit was very pleasant and the coffee, excellent! We saw the various steps of the coffee transformation. They have a good choice of coffee and souvenirs. Not so difficult to find if you follow the instructions on their internet site. Great visit.

Visited March 2014
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