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Krakakoa: The Finest From the Labor of Love (Passion, 2017)

The bean-to-bar movement within the cocoa and coffee industry, or the farm-to-table concept found in gourmet restaurants of today have noble ideas to begin with. After four years in the business; Krakakoa has empowered hundreds of farmers, created a lineup of award-winning artisanal chocolate bars, and is ready to represent the finest from Indonesia.

Sabrina Mustopo knew well that Indonesian cocoa has a lot of potential waiting to be further discovered. Her experience working with governments and international think tanks for agricultural matters brought her to a realization that improving the lives of the farmers will positively affect the cocoa industry and the nation’s economy. As we know it, our country is the third largest cocoa producer in the world but severely lacking when it comes to quality.

Together with her colleague Simon Wright, Kakoa was established in 2013 – which later rebranded as Krakakoa. The aim is to produce high quality Indonesian cocoa beans through sustainable farming methods and direct trade. Initially concentrated with plantations in Lampung; Krakakoa also partners with farmers from Bali, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi.

Krakakoa starts by training the farmers on a two-month program before finally outfitting them with tools, guaranteeing a good buying price, and giving them the freedom to choose whomever they want to sell their cocoa beans to. This bring a sense of motivation and responsibility for the farmers to truly tend their crops, while at the same time improving their livelihood and the whole industry in general.

Today, Krakakoa has a rich lineup of cacao-based products, from the single origins and flavored bars, to cacao nibs, drinking chocolates, and even cacao tea. The highlights from Krakakoa are the award-winning, signature single origin of 70% Sedayu Sumatra and 75% Saludengen Sulawesi bars. Additionally, the internationally recognized Academy of Chocolate from London also awarded their uniquely flavored chocolate bars such as the dark chocolate sea salt & pepper, the dark milk chocolate ginger, and the milk chocolate creamy coffee.

Further pursuing their ideals to showcase quality chocolate from Indonesia for the world; Krakakoa has been partnering with F&B personas and establishments – in addition to displaying their lineups at gourmet retailers in Jakarta, Bali, Bandung, Surabaya, Tangerang, and as far as Singapore.


KRAKAKOA | www.krakakoa.com
Office: Jalan Bangka Raya no. 42A-1, Jakarta | T: +621227707031


Original link:
http://www.passionmedia.co.id/b/the-finest-from-the-labor-of-love

Images by: Krakakoa

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Appetti, That Friendly Foodie Guide You’ve Been Waiting For

Teringat masa dulu ketika kabar munculnya restoran atau kafe baru masih berasal dari bisik-bisik seorang teman atau bahkan temannya teman. Kalau beruntung, bisa saja saya menemukannya sendiri dan mencobanya atau ketika saya melewatinya dan mendapati bahwa gejolak untuk mengunjunginya tidaklah terhindarkan!

Kini masa-masa itu telah berlalu. Seiring kemajuan teknologi dunia maya; sepertinya para pemilik usaha restoran, kafe, hingga hotel berbintang lima tidak sulit untuk mengenalkan kehadiran mereka ke dunia luar. Namun demikian justru persaingan antar aplikasi atau website direktori kuliner serta segala tetek bengek fitur social media-nya seolah menjadikan semuanya jagat raya ini keruh.

Berbicara sebagai user, di satu sisi ada kemudahan serta kecepatan akses yang ingin dinikmati para pengguna. Namun di sisi lain kita terkadang enggan dibanjiri terlalu banyak fitur yang bikin ribet maupun update yang konstan terjadi. Keruhnya persaingan antar website/aplikasi inilah yang justru mendorong satu layanan ini untuk tampil berbeda dengan lainnya.

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Di sinilah saya terkesan dengan kehadiran Appetti, sebuah platform yang cocok untuk dimanfaatkan di PC maupun secara mobile serta ringan dan cepat. Uniknya Appetti tidak berniat untuk menciptakan aplikasi khusus demi memenuhi memuaskan kedua sisi yang end-user cita-citakan tadi.

Memasuki www.appetti.comuser langsung disodori sebuah search box yang membebaskan mereka untuk mengisi langsung nama restoran, lokasi, ataupun jenis makanannya secara spesifik. Namun bisa juga sekiranya kita membutuhkan overview jagat dunia kuliner secara utuh, maka cukup untuk mengganti nama kotanya. Sementara ini Appetti sudah membuka opsi untuk Singapura, Jakarta, Bali, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, serta Bangkok. Hmmm.. Destinasi-destinasi kuliner yang menarik bukan?

Okay, marilah kita memasuki Singapura sebagai contoh termudahnya. Mengapa demikian? Ada satu hal geeky yang saya senangi dari fitur selanjutnya yang disuguhkan Appetti.

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Contohlah satu masa saya pernah berkunjung ke Singapura khusus untuk mencicipi restoran sushi yang bersertifikasi halal – satu hal yang sungguh sulit ditemukan justru di Jakarta. Adalah menuju Hei Sushi yang berlokasi di Bedok. Memasuki page berikutnya yang lebih spesifik, kita bisa melihat overview dari outlet milik Hei Sushi yang satu ini.

Seperti yang bisa dilihat dari laman ini, ada kesenangan tersendiri dari saya ketika melihat informasi yang detil. Misalkan saja keberadaan deskripsi mengenai restoran tersebut hingga hal-hal lain seperti jam buka selama seminggu, tipe masakannya secara detil, ataupun stasiun MRT terdekat untuk mencapai tempat ini. Selain itu tentunya terdapat alamat jelas dengan koordinat GPS serta no telpon dan alamat website. Satu hal yang menjadi kekurangan di sini menurut saya adalah kehadiran menu, harga ataupun foto-foto makanan serta tempat yang lebil banyak lagi. Padahal Appetti pasti akan senantiasa update dengan status buka tutupnya ribuan restoran yang terdafta, sehingga tentu menambahkan tampilan menu makanan/minuman tidaklah sulit.

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Kembali menuju laman search results, kita akan dibawa menyaksikan sederetan restoran serta fitur untuk menyaring pilihan kita agar menjadi lebih rinci. Menariknya, navigasi pemilihan restoran tidak perlu selalu didasarkan pada daftar panjang namun juga bisa didasarkan pada peta. Cukup dengan klik fitur tombol berbentuk pinpoint di kanan atas maka kita dapat melihat secara keseluruhan lokasi restoran yang tersedia di sebuah kota dari berbagai penjurunya.

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Dengan melakukan zoom in pada peta, maka semua akan menjadi lebih spesifik. Fitur ini terasa bermanfaat sekali bagi saya yang memang pengguna aplikasi peta dan gemar membaca peta, sehingga saya bisa memilih harus menuju arah mana ketika tengah terdampar di satu sisi kota Jakarta yang tidak saya kenal ataupun merencanakan makan malam hari ini bersama istri.

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Fitur utama lainnya yang menarik dari Appetti adalah adanya simbol kupon Top Offer di restoran-restoran yang terdaftar. Memang tidak semua memiliki penawaran khusus namun Appetti akan ‘menyundul’ restoran-restoran yang memiliki kupon ini ke bagian paling depan. Langkah yang tepat menurut saya karena tidak hanya restoran-restoran ini mendapatkan promosi khusus namun juga merangsang para foodies untuk memanfaatkan privilege ini.

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Sebut saja Harlow Brasserie di Jakarta yang per saat saya review website ini tengah memiliki 3 Top Offers. Setiap penawaran ini cukup di-klik saja dan akan terlihat segala detilnya dan persyaratannya. Misalkan saja tawaran Lunch Specials seharga IDR 100,000 nett dengan minum yang cocok banget untuk mereka yang mencari makan siang enak di daerah Kuningan. Ataupun satu penawaran lainnya untuk sekadar kopi sore asyik.

Di tengah-tengah bergeloranya semangat para foodies untuk berburu tempat makan dan segala kelebihannya, Appetti dengan cukup cermat sekaligus casual datang dan menghadirkan segala kemudahan itu. Mari kita nantikan kelanjutan Appetti yang mudah-mudahan akan juga hadir dengan fitur menarik lainnya serta pilihan kota yang lebih banyak lagi. I’m so ready to dine out now!


APPETTI – www.appetti.com

Halal Eat Out: Hajah Maimunah – Singapore

Well, I cannot always have nasi biryani anytime I’m in Singapore right? So, I might as well starting to find ourselves a really good alternative and halal as well. Here’s when I finally encountered Hajah Maimunah.

Based on many of my friends’ recommendations and one of the dining highlights in Singapore, Hajah Maimunah has that soft spot for those who seek Indonesian & Malaysian style homey, comfort food.

Tucked in a really nice neighborhood nearby Bugis, Hajah Maimunah at Jalan Pisang becomes a very comfortable place to eat. It is neat and clean, the staffs are helpful, and plenty of mouthwatering offerings that you can choose right away for your nasi lemak combination.

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For example, my choice that day was nasi lemak with generous accompaniments of teri kacang (stir-fry anchovies and peanuts), omelette, and the fish balado (fish topped with chilies). Not forgetting also, a scoop of sambal tumis – that’s what they call it there.

Not only that it was spot on from the generous portion and the good taste, which actually a bit too sweet for Indonesian, but it proved me that I can always seek for Southeast Asian cuisine alternative while there.

Perhaps this will work for longer period if one day I had to stay for weeks or months there, but I’d still want to embrace more and more about Indian and Pakistani cuisines while there – since it’s still quite rare even in Jakarta. However, it’s a visit that I must do again in the future and even at other hidden Indonesian/Malaysian cuisines as well.

Let me know which one do you prefer and I will write about it for everyone!

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HJH MAIMUNAH
Halal-certified
Some dishes are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
15 Jalan Pisang, Singapore
T: +65 6291 3132

Opening hours: Daily, 9am – 5pm

Website

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Dish That I Crave: Swensen’s Ice Cream! – Singapore

Like martabak manis and telur, Indonesian KFC used to have this intimate relationship with Swensen’s. Many of their outlets back then in 90s had a Swensen’s ice cream dipping cabinet.

Early KFC fans would never miss the chance for that one tasty scoop of its mighty ice cream. It might be quite expensive for a school kid like me back then, but once-in-a-while treat of Swensen’s is a must.

At one juncture that I cannot remember, sadly, Swensen’s simply disappeared and its ice cream culture was replaced by traveling vendors or ice cream cups from nearby convenient shops.

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After so many years now, finally I took my chance to pay homage for that sweet childhood before my flight back home from Changi, Singapore. Well, Swensen’s is ubiquitous in Singapore, but that alone never gave me the opportunity to stop by and enjoy what they have to offer.

Earlier, we wanted to just share our ice cream but since the staff told us that we can get buy-one-get-one deal for a price of one serving, we decided to go for the rampage!

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Two servings of combination flavors came and it was purely nostalgic. Swensen’s ice cream has the no fuss, classic taste – unlike nowadays’ ice cream with its sophisticated flavors and thicker consistency. This is the very taste that should be familiar with Indonesians but again sadly, they might not be coming back here.

Even so, now I know where to go for my sweet tooth treats once in a while during my travels abroad. Swensen’s does not only serve ice cream but also international cuisines as well. Price is quite affordable even for Singapore and there will be more for me to try for my upcoming visits someday soon, hopefully.

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SWENSEN’S – SINGAPORE
Halal-certified
Some dishes are suitable for vegetarians

Addresses & opening hours: http://www.swensens.com.sg/singapore

Halal Eat Out: ABM Restaurant – Singapore

Singapore makes me always in need to be in motion. Where ever I am, it’s necessary to absorb as much culture and other advancements unseen in Indonesia. Singapore in particular, has plenty coming in from India – as we all know.

Food naturally becomes the pivotal part of my adventures here as you would grow tired and hungry from all those walks. During my visit recently to Mustafa Center (as always), ABM became my choice for the late night dinner.

Six years ago, ABM became a memorable place for me and my colleagues with its dinner and drinks. Now, it is my time with the wife.

Previously, we had a really nice experience back at Komala’s but of course, it would be a waste to not try something new for her. ABM itself is bustling with customers and at around 10pm, it started to ran out of what I was looking for through its menu.

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Again, I was ‘forced’ to order the biryani and chicken this time. The guy behind the bar was quick to serve my requests – from piling up the rice, the chicken, and the achar and up to brewing our iced horlicks and pulled tea.

The price was very friendly, as expected, and the taste was also decent. The downside of it is that the rice was a bit cold, but I was pleased to see that everyone of many nationalities around were enjoying their dinner.

We came back home quite content, but our dinner back at Komala’s was still more memorable. Perhaps next time.

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ABM RESTAURANT
Halal-certified
Some dishes are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
136 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore
T: +65 6299 2723

Opening hours: Daily, morning – 11pm

Website

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