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Mountain Thunder

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Address: 73-1944 Hao Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-8689
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+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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We went here twice, the first time we were way to early, they had not fully set up, so we decided to come back. Glad we came back, I am a lover of tea, and they had three teas... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went here twice, the first time we were way to early, they had not fully set up, so we decided to come back. Glad we came back, I am a lover of tea, and they had three teas there for me to try, my guy was there for the coffee, we were there to get coffee for him, and... More 

Thank Kristine J
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were here just recently and enjoyed one of their tours, which start every hour on the hour. John told us about how he recently purchased the brand from bankruptcy and we were so impressed with his knowledge of the whole process of making coffee, from the tree to the roasting process. We loved the samples they had available at... More 

Thank Valerie P
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I ventured here in between beach days. It's a really quick tour. I think one leaves every hour. There are a few really interesting machines and a great gift shop with coffee samples.

1 Thank brigalmcc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Relatively new ownership with a friendly staff, but not what we expected. Sitting around waiting on a tour and decided to leave vs waiting. Hopefully once new ownership gets their feet on the ground better greeting of guest and make you feel welcome and wanted as guest.

2 Thank Troon77
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived in Kona earlier in the day & wanted to stretch our legs while immersing ourselves in our surroundings. With a quick glance at our map, we realized that we were close to Mountain Thunder & thought we'd indulge our coffee-loving selves. The drive up to the farm is beautiful & the free tour is informative.

1 Thank Veronica R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just outside of Kona up on the hillside overlooking the ocean, you will find a friendly and proud group of coffee farmers and roasters. New owners with big plans. After a brief and very infomative tour, guests can try any of a number of fresh coffee samples and amazingly --fresh brewed teas. Even if you don't care for the beverages,... More 

2 Thank Michael N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a pleasant surprise on our trip up to Mauna Kea. Our tour guide was so knowledge and we learned so much about coffee in general. We were there a little over an hour...and finished the tour with some wonderful tea and coffee tasting

Thank Michael M
Beeville, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this! Interesting and very knowledgeable personnel! Beautiful drive up the mountain ... well worth your time!

Thank jclarkbeeville
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Very interesting and informative about the growing and processing coffee. No reservations needed. A beautiful drive to the plantation.

Thank Olebatj
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

It's really hard to review this place at the moment as ownership changed hands today. Coffee maker was not at the ready so there were no samples. They did hand out 25% off coupons to visitors, so we did end up making a couple blind faith purchases (more later once we get home and brew the coffee). The location is... More 

3 Thank KaNuiNanni

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