Where to sip local coffee in Jakarta

Where to sip local coffee in Jakarta

Running a coffee shop may not always be about generating a profit. For some coffee aficionados, running a coffee shop is a mission to popularise authentic Indonesian coffee. From Aceh to Papua, each region has its own authentic coffee, such as Gayo, Mandailing and Toraja.

Popular Anomali Coffee is one established chain known for its commitment to introducing local coffee to the domestic market.

Following is a list of increasingly popular coffee shops that offer various tastes of local coffee favoured by Jakartans.

Hidden in a small commercial complex near downtown's landmark of the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, Tanamera offers a sense of haute cuisine in it services. It is located at Thamrin City office park on Jl. Kebon Kacang RayaBlock AA07.

Patrons may have to wait a little longer as the baristas work their meticulously measured process in brewing the beverage, but visitors are then treated to coffee bearing subtle characters they never knew could exist in a drink.

Tanamera

Hidden in a small commercial complex near downtown's landmark of the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, Tanamera offers a sense of haute cuisine in it services. It is located at Thamrin City office park on Jl. Kebon Kacang RayaBlock AA07.

Patrons may have to wait a little longer as the baristas work their meticulously measured process in brewing the beverage, but visitors are then treated to coffee bearing subtle characters they never knew could exist in a drink.

GayoBies

Located in trendy Santa Market in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, GayoBies focuses on Gayo coffee, an authentic coffee from Central Aceh, one of the most noted coffee producers.

GayoBies offers three kinds of roasted Arabica coffee - medium and dark - as well as luwak coffee. It also sells coffee in three forms - beans, grounded and coffee drip - with prices ranging from Rp 13,000 (S$1.38) to Rp 30,000 (S$3.19) per cup.

The owner of the shop, Radiana Mahaga, a native Acehnese, said her family initially sold raw beans grown at their farm.

"I decided to open a coffee shop at Santa Market because of its affordable rent," she said, adding that she also bought coffee beans from farmers in Gayo.

Trafique

Trafique not only offers coffee as one of the most popular beverages on earth but coffee as an experience. Once visitors enter the coffee shop, they will find a roastery on one side and a coffee bar once they walk farther inside the shop. The shop also features a coffee lab, a space dedicated to coffee discussions or cupping.

As customer comfort is a top priority, the interior of the two-story shop was designed to create a warm and homey ambiance.

Trafique, located at Jl. Hang Tuah No. 9 in South Jakarta, has no store sign outside so look out for a building with bright yellow door.

Wisang Kopi

Located in the Mampang Prapatan area at Jl. Mampang Prapatan VIII No 6A, Wisang Kopi is a rustic small coffee shop proudly brandishing the slogan "Damn manual brew". The shop owners prefer to call the establishment a small stall.

Its bar is a simple wooden island table that welcomes every visitor to come and watch - and even lend a hand - as the baristas work on the brew.

Wisang Kopi serves espresso-based drinks, but there's no espresso machine at the bar. Instead, the shop utilizes a unique human- powered espresso pump to produce the black elixir.

It serves the more popular iced and sugary variants of coffee drinks. The shop opens Monday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Phoenam

For those who love Toraja coffee, an authentic South Sulawesi coffee, Phoenam is a must-visit coffee shop in the city.

The embryo of the coffee shop was first established in 1946 in Makassar, South Sulawesi, before Koh Afu, a Makassar-born Chinese- Indonesian, came to Jakarta and expanded Phoenam, which later became one of the most popular meeting places among Jakarta's Makassarese community.

Among the oldest coffee shops in the city, Phoenam, which has up to eight shops including in Tebet, South Jakarta, and on Jl. Wahid Hasyim, Central Jakarta, is often patronized by older coffee addicts, mostly men, lending a nostalgic ambiance.

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