Hearing fantastic things about this particular coffee shop, I decided to visit Giyanti Coffee upon one sunny morning.
Tucked hidden in this leafy Menteng neighborhood, I had to go through this mysterious pathway to reach the haven.
Just before I got inside, I was presented with this wonderful surrounding that will make anyone want to enjoy their coffee outdoor no matter how humid Jakarta is. Take a look at how they equip the outdoor part with chess board, dart board, and even foosball table!
I couldn’t find a word to say once I entered Giyanti Coffee as I quickly chose this place as my second home thanks to its awesome design and the ‘homey-ness’ factor. Aside from that, huge Petroncini roaster machine is used here, unlike many other coffee shops that use Diedrich. But the most elegant part of all was the classic beauty, handmade espresso machine La Victoria Arduino.
It was fun to know Hendrik Halianto, the sole owner of this fantastic place. He’s passionate about the business and just the right person to learn about coffee. On the top of that, he’s really clever in brewing the coffee that suits you just right! Experimenting with coffee is also one of his many fortes. Reminds me a lot of the skillful bartender from an anime series, ‘Bartender’, who can brew cocktails that suit well with what his patrons’ need!
Like this one for example. By using the good-looking, brand new whip cream bottle, Hendrik brewed me a good espresso mixed with soda. The coffee tasted light but works well with soda, frothy, and refreshing. The idea about combining it also with vanilla ice cream was richly applauded by the friendly crowd there! It was all we need to enjoy the hot afternoon.
Hendrik was serious when he said that Indonesian coffee possesses great traits and he brewed me a great espresso from Aceh Gayo beans that has cool characteristics – acidic, silky, and has a fruity finish.
A cup of piccolo was my next option and again Hendrik brewed it masterfully. The taste of the coffee lingered well and worked well with the perfectly steamed milk. It was more than I could ask and what I could not found before in many coffee shops.
Additionally, Hendrik’s wife bakes all the pastry here and one of them that I loved so much was the croissant that has rich butter with almonds. Can you imagine how fantastic it would be when combined with freshly brewed coffee?
Oh, how I miss Giyanti already and would really love to visit the coffee shop again very soon. This time, it’s gonna be the gentlemen’s talk with Hendrik about his passion and the geeky part about coffee which I will share to you again sometime!
GIYANTI COFFEE ROASTERY
Some menu suitable for vegetarians
Jalan Surabaya no.20, Jakarta – Indonesia
Opening hours: Wed – Sat, 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
Facebook: Giyanti Coffee Roastery
Spend: IDR 25,000 – IDR 50,000 / person