Javaheads and latte-holics rejoice! We’ve made it our mission to hunt down Bali's best coffee spots in Seminyak, Ubud, Canggu and Uluwatu for your must-sip lists.
If you can’t get through your day without a serious coffee fix, never fear. Bali is fast becoming one of the best places in Asia to find the best brews, from a straight-up strong espresso, to a three-quarter double shot latte with organic beans from Aceh. So to help you kill your coffee cravings with a really good [and we mean REALLY good] caffeine hit, we’ve hunted down the very best of Bali’s beans, from Seminyak and Ubud, to Canggu and Uluwatu. You’re welcome!
BEST COFFEE IN SEMINYAK
Taking Bali’s coffee drinking to revolutionary new standards, Expat. Roasters is one of the coolest coffee shops on the Seminyak scene, and it’s not your average island cafe. Brought to us by International award winning Barista, Shae Macnamara Expat. Roasters takes its caffeine sipping clientele on an exploratory ‘from-the-ground-up’ journey, to understand the complex flavours of the Expat blend – one cup at a time. This urban and funky little spot is making waves on the island as the place for coffee, and you won’t want to miss a slice of their freshly baked banana bread, either.
Expat. Roasters, Petitenget Street No.1A, Seminyak p. +62 812 46140493. Open Monday to Sunday 7am – 5pm.
Arguably one of the first specialty cafes in Seminyak to kick-start the coffee craze, Revolver is the OG when it comes to boutique bean brands and expert espressos. This tardis of a café, tucked down a little laneway in downtown Seminyak, makes seriously good cups and takes you back to 1980s New York. The vibe is inner city cool and you could very easily forget you’re in Bali with the slightly grungy warehouse feel. Unsurprisingly so, other Bali cafes have jumped on the Revolver bandwagon [like Watercress and Milk & Madu] and you’ll certainly want to, too.
Revolver Espresso, Jalan Kayu Aya (Oberoi) , Gang 51 #3 Oberoi – Seminyak, p. +62 851 0088 4968. Open daily 7am – 6pm.
The Moose Espresso Bar
A quaint little coffee house tucked away on the Batu Belig strip, you won’t find this cosy gem heaving with the holiday crowds and cafe hoppers. Instead, you’ll find locals in-the-know and dedicated coffee connoisseurs, enjoying the custom blend coffee and incredible latte art cuddled up on the comfy leather couches. Regulars swear by the iced lattes, but you also won’t want to miss the smooth yet robust espressos alongside the scrumptious breakfast menu, curated by the team behind MyWarung.
The Mooose Espresso Bar, Jalan Batu Belig No.8A, Seminyak, p. +62 812 38059687
Hidden away in the bright and stylish loft space above Livingstone Café & Bakery, BURO is a collaborative concept store that specialises in seriously good coffee. And to source only the very best from the ground to cup, they’ve teamed up with Common Grounds Jakarta to bring the finest blends to Bali, before brewing the beans with expert baristas in collaboration with Livingstone Coffee – that’s one helluva dream team right there! The Common Grounds folk alone have over 15 single origins from around the globe up their sleeves (from Costa Rica and Colombia, to Ethiopia and, of course, Indonesia) as well as some signature house blends like the fruity Flora Technica and the Cloak & Dagger for a stronger, heavier body to start the day with. And if that wasn’t enough to get you fired up, BURO lends itself as an inspiring workplace, societal home and a design platform with stylish Swedish interiors, homewares and cool threads to swoon over as you sip – heaven!
BURO Bali, Jalan Petitenget 88x (Second Floor), Seminyak, e. email@example.com. Open daily 8am – 10pm
What looks like a humble red brick café from the outside, is a seriously specialty coffee house inside, complete with live music in the evenings and an addictive-as-caffeine Asian-Western fusion feel that mixes the best of Indonesia with stylish Sydney. How can that be, we hear you ask? Think house-roasted beans from Sumatra, mixed with Australia’s avocado craze, and voila, you have one of Pison’s signatures: The Espresso Avocado, a creamy yet coffee-licious tipple that keeps us coming back again and again! But it’s not just crazy-delicious creations here, there are also the classics and it’s those that Pison does best. Try the Affogato, the Cappuccino, and the signature single origin Sumatra Bluebatak – slightly sweet and syrupy yet with a serious coffee kick. Oh, and if you get the chance between brews, have a chat with Pison’s friendly owner, Arlini Wibowo, who’ll happily share plenty of coffee insight and awesome stories to accompany your afternoon cuppa.
Pison Coffee, Jalan Petitenget 19, Seminyak, p. (+62) 821 4456 0066. Open daily 8am – 11pm.
Originally opened in Jakarta in 2012, 1/15 in Bali is the second location for this specialty coffee shop and has quickly become a solid favourite amongst the island’s addicts. The initial goal was simple; to serve great coffee in a place that promoted friendships and collaboration within the community. They delivered on that promise in Jakarta, and now they’ve nailed it in Bali, too, on the grounds of everyone’s fave oceanfront hangout, Potato Head Beach Club. With its changing list of limited-edition coffee blends from around the world, it keeps regulars and newbies coming back to get a deliciously different experience each time. But what’s up with the name? Turns out, 1:15 is the perfect coffee-to-water ratio when brewing the ideal cup, and going by the fact 1/15’s head barista, Doddy Samsura, received first place at the Indonesian Barista Championship and was the first Indonesian representative to compete in the World Barista Championships – we’re not going to argue. So sit back, sip it up, and enjoy!
1/15 Coffee, Potato Head Beach Club Complex, Jalan Petitenget 51b, Seminyak, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily from 7am – 9pm
BEST COFFEE IN UBUD
Seniman Coffee Studio
All your coffee Christmases come at once when you visit Seniman. Located just off the main drag in Ubud, this place is an absolute mecca for coffee lovers. Not only an awesome cafe with world-class beans from all over Indonesia, Africa, South and Central America, there is also an on-site micro-roastery, a brew bar, a shop with every piece of coffee equipment you could possibly wish for, and tasting workshops at the studio on how to home brew, roast, make the perfect espresso, and even a 101 on milk and latte art.
Seniman Coffee Studio, #5 Jalan Sriwedari, Ubud, p. +62 8123 607 6640. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Wholly dedicated to coffee lovers, Freak stands for Fresh Roasted ‘Enak’ Arabica from Kintamani. Enak means delicious in Indonesian, and this coffee is seriously yum. It is all organically grown and roasted daily so it’s about as fresh as it gets. The result? A sweeter, less bitter and much, much richer brew. And it’s certainly no accident, either. They use the best equipment [like state of the art Rancilio espresso machines and Mazzer grinders for all the gadget geeks out there] and most importantly, they verse their baristas in the craft of espresso – a tradition to be learned, practiced and honoured. Amen!
If you’re in the market to road test some really great Indonesian coffee blends, then you need to make a pit stop at the very funky Anomali Coffee. Located in both Ubud and Seminyak, there are beans from Papua, Java, Sumatra, and even a good old local Balinese Kintamani roast, with expert baristas and regular training sessions on hand to get your coffee sipping up to scratch. Not only that, the espresso machines are top notch, too, pumping out strong and creamy cappuccinos on the regular, as well as a cold drip, French press, plunger, and the very snazzy syphon coffee.
Anomali Coffee, Jalan Raya Ubud No.88, Ubud, p. +62 361 972 263. Open daily 7am – 10pm.
BEST COFFEE IN CANGGU
When a cool new concept opens in Canggu, the secret doesn’t stay under wraps for long, and this latest espresso bar in Canggu went from zero to hero in approximately two minutes after opening. Positively pumping from dawn until dusk [and later] with coffee aficionados and good-food fiends, Véda is set within a traditional Balinese compound with a cute courtyard and the scent of great coffee all around. It specialises in sourcing quality, local, organic beans, and they make their own blend of espresso coffee – locally roasted and brewed – alongside nutritional munch and raw gluten free cakes – delish.
Cafe Véda, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong 38A, Canggu, p. +62 813 3988 6864. Open daily 7am – 10pm.
A temple of coffee enthusiasm, Hungry Bird is a real-life fairytale [for coffee lovers]. The owner, a young Indonesian guy called Edo, used to roast beans in his bedroom when he fixed [with his own hands] a broken coffee machine that he bought online. Self-taught and quite literally self-made, he then opened Hungry Bird, previously a teeny tiny coffee shop. Eventually, it became uber-popular with the local surfers [the breakfasts were the most affordable in the area] with the coffee as the real kicker. Edo kept his clientele well and truly hooked with beans from all over Indonesia, and now, as one of the most popular spots in the ‘Gu, Hungry Bird sits in a proud new location right by the shortcut, complete with its own micro-roaster and cupping room – a great reward for true passion.
Hungry Bird, Jalan Raya Semat, 86, Canggu, p. +62 898 6191 008, Open daily 8am-5pm.
Because everyone knows that any self-respecting Canggu resident wouldn’t be seen dead sipping on a conventional, run-of-the-mill brand, RUKO in Berawa custom-makes its own Indonesian blend to make a perfect cup of strong, bittersweet magic. And the cups themselves are a work of art, too, artisan made by a local ceramic artist. In fact, everything in this coffee shop screams creativity: the hip urban vibe, the sketch books with colouring pencils provided, murals inside and outside by young painters from all around the globe, and a cool crowd that keeps you sticking around for one, two, or maybe even three premium piccolos.
RUKO Cafe, Jalan Pantai Berawa 99, Canggu, p. +62 852 0556 9033. Open daily 7am-5pm.
Bootstrap Cold Brew Coffee
Apparently, cold brew is the fastest growing coffee trend in the world, which suits us just fine considering Bali’s balmy climate. And there’s one Canggu cafe that has been one step ahead of the rest, because Bootstrap began brewing quality cold brew coffee in Bali way back in 2014, and it’s so good, it’s now bottled up and sold to other top spots like Potato Head Beach Club and Alila Seminyak. Simply Kintamani Single Origin Arabica beans that have been cold brewed, the result is a low-acid, high-caffeine coffee that’s both smooth and refreshing. Not only that, it’s sugar-free, dairy-free, healthy and organic – who knew coffee drinking could be so good for you?!
Bootstrap, Jalan Pantai Berawa No. 34, Canggu, p. +62 821 3737 1180. Open Monday – Saturday 8am – 6pm.
BEST COFFEE IN THE BUKIT
Drifter Surf Shop & Cafe
Though Drifter’s flagship location is in Seminyak, Uluwatu seems to be a much more natural home for this surf shop-cum-espresso bar. It’s a place to chill and to appreciate the surf-inspired clothing, the large library of hand selected books, the artwork, the surfboards, the myriad of memorabilia, and of course, the freshly ground coffee that just so happens to be the best around. That’s right, Drifter brews Indonesia’s finest “Mandailing Estate” coffee beans from Sumatra, which became famous for their unique flavour thanks to the volcanic soil and humid jungle climate of their homeland – and luckily for us, the Drifter baristas know how to handle these beans like a boss.
Drifter Surf Shop & Cafe, Jalan Labuan Sait, Uluwatu. Open daily 10am – 10pm.
Owned by locals, run by locals and frequented by locals, BGS is a seriously cool spot in Uluwatu where friendly faces serve up some seriously good coffee in a cosy retail space. Though BGS is known by most as a cool surf shop, coffee lovers will know it as one of the best places in the Bukit for an awesome [and really strong] coffee fix. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself still propped up at the bar hours later buzzing off their brilliant brews and discussing the morning’s surf report.
BGS Bali Jalan Raya Uluwatu No77x, Uluwatu, p. +62 878 6181 3103. Open Mon – Sat 8am – 10pm & Sun- 9am – 9pm
So, whether you’re an espresso sipper, a cappuccino guzzler or you simply love the smell of freshly brewed beans, consider your caffeine cravings – fixed!