Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation #1

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.X30_16-06-20_0005

Chickens, dogs, and extremely laid back cats were in abundance.

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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.

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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).

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More than coffee grows on the plantation grounds…

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