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Mountain Thunder

#12 of 130 things to do in Kailua-Kona Features Animals
73-1944 Hao Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-8689
+1 808-345-6600
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Nice tour of small scale coffee production

A free, approximately 40 minute tour of the Mountain Thunder coffee factory with history of Kona... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Huntsville, Alabama
Perfect tour for family travelling with kids

We were a family of 7 and this was the perfect tour. We were there in mid June 2017 and the shop... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Charleston, SC
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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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73-1944 Hao Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-8689
+1 808-345-6600
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Reviewed yesterday

A free, approximately 40 minute tour of the Mountain Thunder coffee factory with history of Kona coffee and complete description of their coffee making process. Free samples of coffee and candies at the gift shop have their intended effect--almost everyone in our group walked out...More

Thank RP314
Reviewed yesterday

We were a family of 7 and this was the perfect tour. We were there in mid June 2017 and the shop keeper explained that the location had recently been purchased. The shop offers tastings of a variety of coffees, teas and chocolates, all of...More

Thank lovetotravel0922
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was the first tour we did on the island in 2009 and it is still one of the best coffees around! The tour is interesting and teaches you about the local coffee culture/growing. They make good suggestions on when to drink the different roasts,...More

Thank mvietmeier
Reviewed 4 days ago

Some of the best coffee on earth is grow here. The owner took us on a tour of the coffee plantation, gave a history of Kona Coffee and explained their processes increasing such spectacular coffee. Great experience, if you have the time.

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to get out and check a couple coffee farms... this one is probably the highest in elevation and therefore is up in a very tropical part of the island. A very nice laid back feel with a great tour to show you the...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was short and sweet, and very informative. The owner toured us around showing us how they make coffee from plant/fruit stage to the final stage of roasting. He gave great insight as to the different levels of flavor and bean types and sizes....More

Thank Beth D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I drink coffee, but am not savvy about different kind of roast, Decaf,organic Vs not,... This coffee farm was recently purchased by a very nice man called John. His mission to salvage the company. He, himself, gave us a very informative tour of life cycle...More

1  Thank luckydog172
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

1  Thank Kristine J
Reviewed 21 May 2017

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,...More

1  Thank Valerie P
Reviewed 11 May 2017 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.

2  Thank brigalmcc
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
So the place has reportedly been liquidated per Star-Advertiser May 1 2017, and some reviews refer to new owners. Who are they? Is the coffee grown the same places and roasted the same as before? Buyer find out...
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
What is the cost of the "fee" tour?
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
where do we get bus tickets to cross the bridge
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