Awards

Winner of People’s Choice Best New Product-Open Class-SCAA 2014

ANOTHER GOLD MEDAL FOR HAWAII

 

On May 1st 2013, Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation wins the GOLD Medal for the Second year in a row at the Prestigious SIAL GOLD BEAN Cupping Contest in Montreal Canada, a first for the contest. Last year was the first year Kona had won an International Contest. After Mountain Thunder won the first National award for Kona in 2011 as a winner at the GOOD FOOD Awards In San Francisco. SIAL devised a standard judging format system To be transparent and fair. Using the the SCAAs ( Specialty Coffee Association of America ) coffee cupping and evaluating system which is industry approved and Acknowledged. This is one of over a Dozen awards won with the Famous Cloud Forest Estate Coffee. It is the highest grown coffee in the State of Hawaii and the Largest Organic Coffee Farm in the State as well. The farm and Mill gives complimentary Tours daily and does in depth VIP tours and Roastmaster sessions by appointment. Come and see for yourself! 808-414-KONA(5662).

1st Place Classic Cupping Competition
2013 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Competition

First Place 2013 – 5th Statewide Coffee Cupping Competition Kona District

First Place 2013 – 5th Statewide Coffee Cupping Competition Commercial Division

Mountain Thunder Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Mountain Thunder Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2012

Mountain Thunder consistently wins every competition entered for 100% Kona Coffee.

Certified Gold Bean Award – May 2012

 

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation has done it again! On May 7th, 2012 Mountain Thunder competed with some of the world’s best coffees at the SIAL Coffee Cup Competition in Montreal, Canada, in conjunction with Roast Magazine. It was announced on May 9th that Mountain Thunder had won the prestigious Certified Gold Bean Award. 100% Kona Coffee’s first National and now International awards both has been claimed by Mountain Thunder’s signature coffee, The Cloud Forest Estate.

 

Awards 2003-2008

We are honored to accept the following awards for our 100% Organic and Estate Kona Coffee from 2003 to the present time. Our awards have won over the distinguished chef judges and gained favor with the public to accept the coveted chef’s choice and people’s choice awards. Mountain Thunder has also won the gold metal for the first Kona Pacific Farmers Association cupping competition in August 2006. Below are pictures of the awards from each of 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008

We are happy to continually be honored and accept awards for six consecutive years. We feel this is an adequate demonstration of the hard work and dedication we apply to our coffee. Enjoy!

2011 Good Food Awards Winner

 

January 14th marked the first national award for Kona coffee when Mountain Thunder won at the Good Food Awards held on Embarcadero Pier One in San Francisco. Whole Foods and Williams-Sonoma sponsored the awards, and Mountain Thunder Kona Coffee was up against some of the best coffees of the world.

2003 Spring Blossom Festival

 

The Spring Blossom Festival was put together by the Kona Coffee Council and was held at the Yano Hall in Captain Cook. This was our first competition that we entered and we won first place in both the Mauka Dark Roast Division and first place in the Organic Medium Roast Division.

2004 Cream of the Crop

The Cream of the Crop competition was started by the Kona Coffee Council after the first Spring Blossom Festival. The Cream of the Crop Competition venue was chosen to be the Kona Village Resort on the beautiful Kohala Coast at Ka`upulehu in Hualalai. There were three divisions, Organic, Estate and Open. There was a gold and silver metal for each division. Additionally, there were two classifications of awards. There was the Chef’s Choice, which is a blind tasting, and the chef’s don’t know who’s coffee they are drinking. There is also a People’s Choice classification where the people at the event judge the coffee. The people know who’s coffee they are drinking when they make their determination. In 2004, we won both Gold Metal for People’s choice and Gold Metal for Chef’s Choice in the Organic Estate Coffee.

2005 Cream of the Crop

2005 was the first year that the Cream of the Crop competition was held at the prestigious Four Seasons Resort at historic Ka`upulehu in Hualalai. The resort is very beautiful and is brand new. In fact, it is still growing every day. The contest was split into three divisions, the Open Division, Estate Division, and Organic Division. It is noteworthy to add that Mountain Thunder was only allowed to enter one division in this contest. In the past, such as in the 2003 Spring Blossom Festival, we were allowed to enter our exceptional conventionally grown coffee, which won first place. If we were allowed to enter our regular Kona Coffee, we feel that it would have won honorable mention as well. However, since we feel that the Organic division is one of the most prestigious and most difficult divisions available to compete in, we only entered our Organic Coffee. In 2005, Mountain Thunder won Silver for Chef’s choice and Gold for People’s Choice, both in the Organic Division.

2006 Cream of the Crop

 

Again, in 2006, the Cream of the Crop Cupping Competition was held at the Four Seasons Resort at historic Ka`upulehu in Hualalai. The three divisions remained with the Open Division, Estate Division, and Organic Division open by application only. Each farm was only allowed to enter in one division per contest. Mountain Thunder is dedicated to Organic Agriculture, so we entered in the Organic Division. In 2006, Mountain Thunder took home the Gold Metal for the Chef’s Choice, which is a blind tasting.

2006 Kona Farmer’s Association Cupping Competition

 

This competition’s venue was at the Lani Hau Center in Downtown Kailua Kona. The entire competition was open to farms who completed an application. What is special about this cupping competition is that there are no divisions to enter. There is one winner-takes-all contest. It doesn’t matter what type of coffee you are growing, you are put into one large group and everyone votes for the best. The people at the competition get to vote for their best choice of all the farms entered. And when pitted with all the farms entered, Mountain Thunder took the Gold Metal. This means that Mountain Thunder was voted the best coffee of the year.

2007 Kona Farmer’s Association Cupping Competition

 

This competition’s venue was at the Lani Hau Center in Downtown Kailua Kona. The entire competition was open to farms who completed an application. What is special about this cupping competition is that there are no divisions to enter. There is one winner-takes-all contest. It doesn’t matter what type of coffee you are growing, you are put into one large group and everyone votes for the best. The people at the competition get to vote for their best choice of all the farms entered. And when pitted with all the farms entered, Mountain Thunder took the Gold Metal. This means that Mountain Thunder was voted the best coffee of the year.

CONGRATULATIONS MOUNTAIN THUNDER!