Just like millions of other people on earth, I just can’t start my morning without a hot cup of coffee. Fellow coffee addicts might agree that simply smelling the scent of freshly brewed coffee can power up your brain and enhance your mood instantly.
Luckily for us, stand-alone, quirky cafes have been mushrooming throughout Jakarta over the past few years. While some of them seem to be following the current trends, others aspire to prove that they are more than just hype and will be around for the significant future. Nevertheless, this is great news for coffee aficionados who are looking for something a bit different from the mainstream. Many of us yearn for a more intimate experience in a serene setting that offers more than your regular caffeine boost; including a friendly chat with the barista, fascinating decor to admire, and of course gorgeous coffee art that is just begging to be instagrammed.
This month, we’ve rounded up several independent coffee shops for you to check out. These places are often small and situated in secluded locations but they offer a selection of coffees that will stimulate your appetite immediately!
Kopi Tuku Jalan Cipete Raya No. 7 (across Toodz House) Cilandak, South Jakarta
Why: Kopi Tuku is intended to be a takeaway coffee shop, therefore this petite venue may not be the best place to hang out for hours, especially because the seating area is only comprised of one long wooden bench. However, when you have the first sip of its Es Kopi Susu Tetangga, you will understand why there is always a long queue there almost every day. Mostly using Indonesian beans, the ice coffee is creamy, smooth and its delicate aftertaste lingers, making you crave more. Another reason why we love this place is the fact that the items on their menu are very affordable!
Must Try: Es kopi Susu tetangga, kopi hitam tetangga
Average Spend: IDR 60K for two
Ruang Seduh Jl. Kemang Raya 8B, South Jakarta (Behind Aksara Bookstore)
Why: Nestled in the middle of Aksara Bookstore and the eclectic Kinosaurus micro-cinema, Ruang Seduh (brewing room) aims to give a unique experience for visitors by letting them make their own coffee. Don’t get intimidated by the cutting-edge equipment here, because the friendly barista will guide you through the step-by-step process of coffee brewing so you will definitely learn a thing or two about coffee after this. Unlike most hipster cafes that tend to have dim lighting, Ruang Seduh is designed in simple white decor, giving a clean and polished feel to the place. There are two categories of coffee here; manual brew where you get to choose your preferred beans, and espresso-based coffees with the selection of espresso, americano, long black, piccolo, cappuccino and latte.
Must Try: manual brew (Ethiopia Kebado), latte and cold brew by ABCD
Average Spend: 150K for two
Djule Kofi Jalan Melawai 6, Kebayoran Baru South Jakarta
Why: Compared to the others, Djule Kofi occupies a much bigger space with plenty of seating options. A cosy and welcoming ambience radiates the area which features high ceilings with large windows overlooking lush green trees. And who doesn’t love warm wooden interiors? The homey atmosphere which is enhanced by the enticing smell of fresh coffee is the main reason why we’ll definitely come back to this place. Don’t hesitate to ask the baristas before ordering your drink, they’re happy to explain the stories behind their coffee beans.
Must Try: Regular white, Japanese ice drip
Average Spend: IDR 150K for two
But First Coffee Pelaspas Dharmawangsa, Jalan Dharmawangsa Raya No.4 South Jakarta
Why: If you haven’t been to Pelaspas Dharmawangsa, I recommend hanging out in one of the petite cafes there. Everything about Pelaspas Dharmawangsa is serene, cosy and vintage; it’s a comfortable place to bring a laptop and do some work while indulging in delicious treats, and But First Coffee is no exception. The cafe is tucked in the back of Pelaspas with a mini backyard, enhanced by rustic tables and chairs, as well as a shelf full of classic books and imported magazines that guests are welcome to browse through. As for the coffee, the cafe proves that less is more. Although the selection is not very diverse, its classic cappuccino and latte were very silky while its piccolo was strong but balanced.
Must Try: Piccolo, cappuccino
Average Spend: IDR 80K for two