Recent additions to Jakarta’s coffee scene
It’s no secret that we love our coffee in Indonesia, but sometimes it can be a challenge to find a comfortable, quality – and independent – coffee shop. Thankfully some java-minded young entrepreneurs are on a mission to turn that around! The next time you’re hard up for a caffeine fix, pass up those venti chain coffee shops and try one of these charming cafés.
Located within walking distance from Jalan Surabaya’s antique market, Giyanti has been receiving raving reviews for its great local coffee and warm service. You can enjoy tasty beans from across Indonesia, including Bali Kintamani’s Cobra, Java’s Arabica, Sumatra’s Mandeling, and even varieties from far-flung Toraja and Papua. The café’s cozy interior has a touch of industrial cool with its exposed pipes and vents. And once you enter their inviting courtyard you will feel as if you’re sipping coffee in a really good friend’s house. Although Giyanti is closed Sunday to Tuesday, they have a good reason – they spend those days concentrating on roasting their delicious beans.
Giyanti, Jl. Surabaya No. 20, Menteng, Central Jakarta, p: 62-21/3192-3698. Hours: Wed-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm.
Meet Aidan Broderick, an award-winning master roaster from Australia. Teamed with one of Indonesia’s best baristas, Aga, Aidan’s special brew is always ready for you at Tanamera Coffee. The choices here come from three of the best coffee-bean regions in the country and are carefully processed, ensuring a delicious locally produced cup every time. The café opens at 7 a.m. (a rarity for Jakarta!) so coffee-lovers can start their day with a take-away order. Tanamera isn’t only popular on the weekdays, located minutes away from Bundaran HI, this joint often becomes a resting spot for cyclists during Car-Free Day.
Tanamera Coffee, Thamrin City Office Park, CBD, Central Jakarta, p: 62-21/2962-5599. Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-8pm.
This café has become a new favorite thanks to its sleek cosmopolitan looks. Decked out in natural wood and a black-and-white colour palette, 1/15 Coffee keeps their patrons coming back time after time with a changing list of limited-edition coffee blends from around the world. Also drawing fans back are special events and workshops featuring top local and international guest baristas. These up close and educational events give caffeine addicts a new experience and appreciation for the humble coffee bean. But what is up with the weird name? Turns out that 1:15 is the perfect coffee-to-water ratio. This one opens bright and early, too, making it a godsend for daily commuters fighting the morning traffic in South Jakarta.
1/15 Coffee, Jl. Gandaria 1 No. 63, Gandaria, South Jakarta, p: 62-21/722-5678. Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-9pm.
Located on a quiet stretch of Senopati (yes, there is such a thing!) Crematology was created by coffee lovers for coffee lovers. Its founders traveled across the country, meeting with farmers directly then formulated their own house blend to best suit different type of coffee drinks from espressos to milky beverages. In addition to their dedication to coffee, the founders are also focused on comfort and leisurely cafe culture. Don’t be surprised to find yourself lounging around for hours on end in this modern and cozy space.
Crematology, Jl. Suryo 25, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/7278-0012. Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30-12am, Sat-Sun 9-12am.
Koffie Warung Tinggi
OPCO Indonesia, the company behind trendy spots such as Portico, Domain and Yellowfin, has expanded its empire by revamping Koffie Warung Tinggi. Coffee connoisseurs are probably already familiar with Warung Tinggi’s reputation (known as Tek Soen Hoo before 1965), as they have been serving cuppas for over a century. Nowadays, patrons can choose from an extensive selection of beans from across the archipelago, but whatever you pick, we suggest pairing it with their signature pannekoek (which is Dutch for “pancake”). Koffee Warung Tinggi also has a whole list of toppings if you’re looking to jazz up your drink. For chocolate lovers, don’t miss the Snickers Moccachino or Ovomaltine and cheese martabak.
Koffie Warung Tinggi, Grand Indonesia Mall, West Mall, Jl. MH. Thamrin, CBD, Central Jakarta, p: 62-21/2358-0312. Hours: Mon-Sun 11-12am.
Mokka Coffee Cabana
Many people might work in the city center, but they spend their evenings and weekends at home in the suburbs. Now Bintaro residents have another reason to stay home. Mokka Coffee Cabana, at the Bintaro Jaya Xchange Mall, has a good selection of innovative coffees and great classic munchies for your late afternoon break or weekend catch up with friends. The corner café’s interior is easy on the eyes and the outdoor seating overlooks the mall’s outdoor seating overlooks the mall’s massive park. Indulge yourself with their Thai or Cabana Coffee, or for a more relaxing afternoon, the ginseng coffee will warm you to your core. Don’t forget to order their delicious banana cheese with ice cream dessert. It’s a winner!
Mokka Coffee Cabana, Bintaro Jaya Xchange Mall, Jl. Boulevard Bintaro Jaya, Bintaro, Tangerang, p: 62-21/2986-4922. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-9pm.
Top image: 1/15 Coffee