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Roasting the beans

Getting up the mountain to Mountain Thunder can be a little tricky. Two roads spiral around each other as they climb up the steep mountain slopes.

1000, 2000, 3000 feet. You're up in the cloud forest when you arrive, tall trees disappearing into the mists.

It's a long climb, but it's worth it. Our hire car was struggling by the time it reached the top, but the farm's staff were there with cups of fresh brewed coffee for us to taste. It was good, possibly the best coffee I have ever drunk. Mountain Thunder's an organic farm, and there are plenty of animals under foot - all manure for the carefully tended coffee beans.

You'll see plenty of coffee bushes as you drive up the volcano, and there are plenty of cherries growing on the bushes. Most were still green, so a few weeks from harvest.

Kona Coffee - in the Raw

Unlike many of the other Kona farms, Mountain Thunder roasts on site.

Roasting the Beans

The finished product, 100% Kona coffee

Dark Roasted Blend

Mmmmm. Coffee.

Why yes, we did bring some back with us, all the way to London...