Indonesia is known to be one of the world’s largest producers of coffee. We have a wide variety of coffee from different parts of the country. Each coffee has its own distinct characteristic depending on the region. I’m pretty sure you’ve come across once or twice in your lifetime.
I absolutely love coffee. The smell of it always makes me weak in the knees, surrendering my soul to “just one more cup”. I like my coffee black mostly, but I also don’t mind a bit of milk with it, not too much though. I like my coffee bitter, but not so much that it makes me shudder. Sometimes, when I’m having a really bad day, I add a sprinkle of sugar hoping that the extra sprinkle would sweeten my day too. I hate coffee that are too runny. I hate it when I order coffee and there is more milk/water than the actual coffee itself. When that happens, I feel cheated.
I love coffee, but I am no expert in it I have to admit. I just know that I like my coffee to taste like coffee, you know?
Lately in Yogyakarta there have been tons of new cafes popping up. Mostly boast of its awesome coffee. I wish I was able to go to each and every one of them and taste it, but I can’t. However I have a few recommendations for you if you happen to visit Yogyakarta.
Let me teach you how to make an excellent coffee
In most cafes, you come, a waiter/waitress approaches you then they ask you what you want to drink/eat. Not at Ruang Seduh. The place is tiny but cosy. When I walked in, the air was undeniably infused with the smell of coffee. It was so lovely I wanted to just stay there all day. The staff were young and friendly.
I asked them, “Is it true that you guys can teach us how to make coffee?”
One of the staff, the senior one I presume, smiled shyly and said “Yes”.
So he did. He taught one of my mum’s friend to make coffee from fresh beans while I did the documentation. He told us how the temperature must be just right and also how to heat up the milk. Then he also sneaked in a little lesson on how to make latte art!
The coffee was good. I had a cup of flat white, which is not so easy to find in this city. I was very satisfied. They also have a branch in Jakarta so those residing in Jakarta can visit their cafe there.
Yogyakarta: Jl. Tirtodipuran No.46, Mantrijeron, Yogyakarta 55143
Jakarta: Jl. Kemang Raya No.8B, Bangka, Mampang Prpt., Jakarta 12730
Would you like a cup of coffee and…a piece of furniture?
I have passed this placed a few times as it is on the same street as my favourite mie ayam (chicken noodle) place. The place said Epic Coffee & Epilog Furniture.
A very strange combination, I must say. So I was curious and paid a little visit.
The place is huge and gives off an industrial vibe. You can sit either inside or outside. Outside is a rather big garden, I’m pretty sure people have used this place to hold private parties. On the patio were some comfy sofas. I preferred to sit outside that day.
The staff offered me the menu. There was quite a selection of coffee beans. As I wasn’t familiar, the staff happily gave an introduction of each type. She mostly told me about the characteristics of each coffee. After choosing the beans and how I would like the coffee, the staff went to make my coffee while I meandered around.
Sure enough there was a furniture section at the back of this huge warehouse-like building. Most of the pieces were vintage. There was a red phone box, ones you’d typically find in the UK. If only it wasn’t so pricey, I would have snatched one and put it on my front porch.
There is also a separate building at the back of the garden surrounded by see-through windows. Apparently this is where they store the coffee beans and roast it to perfection. It was really interesting to see the bags of beans and also some of the machines though I am not sure if it really was where they did all the processing, or this place was just for display.
When my coffee arrived, it smelled delicious. I was really happy with the bitterness of the coffee, it was just right for me. The place has no air-conditioner so I wouldn’t go there in the middle of the afternoon. I plan to go back there to taste the other kinds of coffee.
Epic Coffee & Epilog Furniture
Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar No.29, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
The famous “Charcoal Coffee”
Did you know that Yogyakarta is a student city? There are hundreds of universities in this city and that means there are many small food stalls all over the city offering cheap meals to students. One of the most popular things we have is angkringan. This is basically a very simple stall by the side of the road that sells cheap dishes. From fried tofu to small parcels of rice and its condiments. These rice parcels are popularly known as nasi kucing or “cat rice”, it’s the ultimate dish of angkringan.
Anyway, in some of these angkringan in the city you will probably find “charcoal coffee”. The locals call it “Kopi Joss”. This coffee is a bit special in its preparation process.
First of all, locals claim that the coffee beans are from local farmers. The water for the coffee has to be boiled on top of a charcoal stove, to create its signature taste. Then after the water is poured inside a simple glass, the seller will take one of the red hot burning charcoal and put it inside the coffee, creating the josssss sound effect, hence the name. Many believe the coffee is good for you since the charcoal has been heated at a certain temperature turning it into an activated carbon. A lot of people from all over Indonesia come to Yogyakarta to taste this coffee.
OK, I’m gonna be honest that I actually haven’t exactly drank a whole glass of this coffee because I’m kind of picky with food and drink (don’t judge me please), but friends who, unlike me, have tasted this coffee think it’s delicious.
Have you been to Yogyakarta? Feel free to add on the comment section your favourite coffee place in this city!
This week’s theme: Coffee Culture