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101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - KONA COFFEE BELT -

The largest or­ganic cof­fee farm in the United States is lo­cated 3,200 feet above sea level in a mist-cooled rain­for­est about seven miles from Kailua-Kona. Trent Bate­man, a main­land trans­plant who left a ca­reer in en­gi­neer­ing to come to Hawai‘i, is grow­ing award-win­ning Kona cof­fee on his farm, and break­ing all the rules.

For starters, the prop­erty he pur­chased didn’t fit the mold—it was too high above sea level. Then, he de­cided to grow or­ganic cof­fee. He and his fam­ily hand-tilled the soil and then pur­chased some Chi­nese geese, St. Croix sheep and Kona Nightingale don­keys to han­dle weed con­trol and pro­vide or­ganic fer­til­izer. To­day, both Hawai’i and Cal­i­for­nia reg­u­la­tory agen­cies have cer­ti­fied Moun­tain Thun­der Kona Cof­fee Plan­ta­tion or­ganic.

Call for tour times and other in­ter­est­ing cof­fee ac­tiv­i­ties at Moun­tain Thun­der. • Moun­tain Thun­der Kona Cof­fee Plan­ta­tion

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