During my stay on the big island of Hawai’i the opportunity presented itself to tour the Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation. The tour was a very pleasant way to the spend the morning and we had a very friendly and informative tour guide. A special thank you to the family that was on the tour with us and shared the meal they had paid for. Such generosity doesn’t go unappreciated.
Not being a coffee drinker in any serious fashion I was still pretty interested in the process, which is actually rather simpler than I imagined. I do imagine that a plantation like Mountain Thunder works a bit differently than some of the brands that take out national (and international) television adverts and such.
Chickens, dogs, and extremely laid back cats were in abundance.
As it was explained the process of picking the beans require a keen eye and deft fingers. Many workers fly in to the island at times of harvesting.
Before the drying and roasting process the coffee bean is rather unassuming. It also is quite sweet on the tonuge (but shouldn’t be swallowed).
More than coffee grows on the plantation grounds…