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Mountain Thunder

#11 of 132 things to do in Kailua-Kona Features Animals
73-1944 Hao Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-8689
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Love the smell

We drove up from the beach, takes about 20 mins, jus follow GPS and you wont get lost. temps went... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Guelph, Canada
Easy going, informative,& relaxed

It is open, the current owner purchased it 6-9 mos ago. He isn't a coffee grower by trade but has... read more

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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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  • Poor2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
73-1944 Hao Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-8689
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Reviewed yesterday

We drove up from the beach, takes about 20 mins, jus follow GPS and you wont get lost. temps went from 31C at the beach to 19C and drizzle at the farm. Our tour guide was the new owner ( 94 days) he has owned...More

Thank surveyor72
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is open, the current owner purchased it 6-9 mos ago. He isn't a coffee grower by trade but has jumped into it with passion and it's fun to have the tour given by someone you can tell enjoys what he does. The tour free,...More

Thank Melbrew
Reviewed 2 days ago

New owners have taken the place over and are doing a great job to update things. They have a great tour that is free daily every half hour. They also have the best coffee I've found so far on the Island and I've tried a...More

Thank Ronn M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Be sure to taste the peaberry estate blend -- so smooth and tasty. If you follow their instructions for driving there, you'll get there with no problems.

Thank Vicki M
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were able to sample various roasts of their Kona coffee and also some teas that they grow. The tour is short and informative if you want to learn about coffee. Ended up taking a few bags of Kona and tea home with us to...More

Thank Harold B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice friendly and family oriented coffee tour. Come support this organization and their new owners! Exceptional Gift Shop so buy a few treats to best remember this experience.

Thank Carrie G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Both times we have been here, it has been raining. Mostly because it rains a lot in the mountains. It is definitely off-the-beaten path, but worth the drive which is actually still very close to Kona. There are tours on the hour that educate you...More

Thank lmricheson12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are so many coffee companies and tours to take around the Big Island, but I highly recommend Mountain Thunder. Their coffee is 100% Kona Coffee, meaning that they do not blend with other coffee from around the world. There are lots of great samples...More

Thank mmariek92
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on the last tour of the day after an early beach outing during our recent visit. Located only 25 minutes outside of Kona so it was easy to get to. The tour was very informative- our guide was so knowledgeable about the plant, the...More

Thank JAMMills5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love coffee then you will enjoy this brief tour! Due to the steep hillsides you will not be going into the coffee tree fields but there is several living examples of their coffee trees to see. They do have a shop where you...More

Thank Lighthill R
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15 May 2017|
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Response from Bobb L | Reviewed this property |
The business was closed down at the end of January this year. A Chapter 11 BK was filed and is in force. (per written sources) Several real Kona Coffee growers have been said to not being paid for their crops, many of which... More
8 December 2015|
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Response from Mountain T | Property representative |
The VIP tours (i think that's what you mean by "fee" tours) are longer, and more in- depth, price ranging from $65-$199. for more info, please visit our website... there is a link on our TripAdvisor page. Mahalo
25 October 2015|
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Response from Mike M | Reviewed this property |
I didn't cross any toll bridge when I went to Thunder Mountain. I drove a rental car. I doubt that there is a public bus to Thunder Mountain. If you mean tickets for a tour to Thunder Mountain, most tour companies offer... More