Indonesia is the world’s fourth largest coffee producing nation, with beans from Sumatra, Sulawesi and Papua delighting fans worldwide. The country is lesser known for its budding espresso and coffee house scene which is changing how Indonesians consume coffee daily.
While ‘Java’ has become a universal term for coffee, many fans of the drink are still unaware that the Indonesian island produces some of the best beans in the world.
But, coffee beans alone may not be enough to attract customers. When roasted properly or prepared with passion, a sip of Indonesian coffee can transport even the most stressed of guests away to their happy place. Here are eight of the best coffee houses on offer in Jakarta and Bali.
- Tanamera Coffee Roastery (Jakarta)
Tanamera is growing increasingly popular with its reputation for decent coffee and a variety of convenient outlets. Tanamera can be found at Jl. KH Admad Dahlan No. 16 in Gandaria, Summarecon Digital Centre Mall in Serpong, Pacific Place SCBD and Ruko Gallery 8 in Pantai Indah Kapuk. Those serious about their coffee should visit the flagship Tanamera Coffee Roastery in Office Park Thamrin City in the Sudirman area.
Tanamera exclusively roasts local coffee beans and is a hot favourite for coffee lovers keen to sample the best of Indonesia. Rasuna Natural and Papua Wamena are the most popular single origin beans on offer.
The highly-trained baristas focus more on smell and taste than on latte art and with affordable prices starting at Rp.150,000 (US$11.20) for two, Tanamera is a real experience.
- Bermvda Coffee (Jakarta)
Bermvda understands pairing great coffee with a great ambience is a winning combination for a great coffee house experience.
Located in Pantai Indah Kapuk, this minimalist coffee house is filled with very friendly baristas and blends of beans from Coteca Coffee Roasters.
The avocado latte is a fans’ favourite with a perfect blend of avocado and espresso. Bermvda Coffee fans also claim it has the best waffles in town.
Similar to Tanamera, coffee prices at Bermvda range from Rp.50,000 (US$3.75) to Rp.70,000 (US$5).
- One Fifteenth (1/15 ) Coffee (Jakarta)
This coffee house, with branches on Jalan Gandaria 1 No. 63 and Kyoei Prince, Sudirman, never fails to impress with its roasting operations for locally procured beans and manually brewed coffee.
Customers can choose both the bean and the brewing methods according to their preferences – French Press, V60, Chemex, Syphon or Kalita Wave – ensuring One Fifteenth’s coffee will suit even the pickiest of coffee drinkers.
The lay out is stunningly designed with glass walls just made for Instagram.
Prices at One Fifteenth start from Rp.200,000 (US$15) for two people.
- Crematology Coffee Roasters
Crematology Coffee Roasters caught the attention of South Jakartans a few years back due to its strong and unique coffee tastes.
With outlets in Senopati’s Jl. Suryo No. 20, PX Pavilion in Puri Indah Mall, Fatmawati’s Jl. Cipete and Plaza Agro in Kuningan, Crematology has become a go-to for hip young locals.
Fans rave about the impeccable service and warm, wooden interiors. Crematology Coffee Roasters is famous for its Cappuccino that gives off a bitter and bold espresso taste.
Prices range from Rp.48,000 (US$3.6) to Rp.53,000 (US$5) per coffee.
- UPO Coffee & Co. (Jakarta)
UPO Coffee & Co. in Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta, opened less than five years ago but quickly became a staple on Jakarta’s growing coffee scene.
UPO introduced the black sesame latte to Jakarta and is also well known for its twist on the taro, green tea and piccolo lattes.
UPO Coffee & Co. prices start from Rp.60,000 (US$4.5) per person.
- Ippolito Speciality Coffee (Bali)
Ippolito Speciality Coffee can be found in Jalan Lebak Sari 7, Seminyak, Bali. The place serves complete variants of coffee beans ranging from Ethiopia, Brazil and Colombia.
Similar to One Fifteenth Coffee, baristas in Ippolito Speciality Coffee are trained in a variety of brewing methods. Ippolito champions its cappuccino coffee as the most delicious coffee.
And another perk – Ippolito invites customers to use its pool for free.
Prices at Ippolito Speciality Coffee start from Rp.40,000 (US$3).
- Revolver Espresso (Bali)
Located at Jl. Kayu Aya, North Kuta, this boutique coffee shop is considered one of Bali’s hidden gems.
The strong coffee scent invites guests into Revolver Espresso, where a long menu of options is presented. The flat white is a local favourite.
Prices, including food, start from Rp.120,000 (US$10).
- The Coffee Library
Not far from Revolver Espresso on Jl. Kayu Aya, the Coffee Library offers a uniquely designed venue with an industrial theme.
Living up to its name as a coffee library, the place offers large varieties of coffee beans from Sumatra Gayo, Sumatra Mandheling, Toraja, Luwak, Blue Lintong and even beans from Papua.
The place is also perfect for a relaxing getaway alone or with friends. At night, the place exudes a different atmosphere.
Prices of The Coffee Library are quite affordable compared to most coffee houses, ranging from Rp.30,000 (US$2) to Rp45,000 (US$3.38).