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Kahvehane: Kopi Javva (HOJ, May 2011) [CLOSED]

Siapa yang mengira di dalam sebuah supermarket barang pecah belah di bilangan Senopati terdapat sebuah kedai kopi yang bahkan tidak menorehkan namanya di depan bangunan ini? Bahwa kita kerap mengakhiri kegiatan kita berbelanja di mall dengan kegiatan ngopi, itu sangat kerap terjadi. Namun untuk sebuah toko pecah belah? Hmmm… That’s intriguing.

Ya, itulah Kopi Javva. Sebuah reputasi yang saya dengar dari mouth to mouth basis. Long story short, tibalah juga saya di sana. Dalam perjalanan yang hanya memakan beberapa langkah saja dari pintu masuk, saya harus cukup berhati-hati agar tidak menabrak barang pecah belah yang berada di jalur saya.

Agak sedikit berandai-andai juga seandainya jalan itu sedikit dikosongkan untuk mempermudah pengunjung yang hanya ingin nongkrong sore untuk ngopi di Kopi Javva dan bukan untuk berbelanja. It appears Kopi Javva is not the one to make such decisions and definitely only me who pays attention to such details.

Desain kafe-nya sendiri terlihat modern dan fresh. Tempat duduk yang tersedia memang tidak banyak dan jumlahnya pas untuk sebuah café yang tidak high-profile seperti ini. Bahkan di tempatnya yang sudah mungilpun, Kopi Javva memiliki space untuk tempat bermain anak-anak.

Kekhasan Kopi Javva adalah bahwa mereka menyediakan biji kopi lokal, thanks to jiwa nasionalisme pemiliknya yang konon adalah seorang konsultan kopi dan sparking semacam perseteruan sehat dengan Anomali Coffee, tetangga dekatnya yang memang gemar mempertunjukkan dirinya sebagai herald kopi Indonesia. Nah ini memperkaya khazanah ‘perkopian’ di Jakarta and that’s a good thing!

Berikutnya adalah mereka menyediakan kopi yang dibuat menggunakan syphon coffee maker. Metoda pembuatan kopi vakum yang masih terbilang jarang terlihat ini menjadi trademark Kopi Javva.

Tentu saya tidak segan-segan langsung memesan segelas black coffee dengan memilih biji kopi dari Papua dengan pertimbangan segi eksotisnya. Selain menggunakan syphon coffee maker, Kopi Javva juga menyediakan metode pour over atau menggunakan French press bagi yang tak sabar hendak meminum kopi dengan segera.

Ternyata hasilnya lumayan, kopi Papua yang lembut dan ringan cocok untuk mengakhiri hari setelah makan malam. Kebetulan Kopi Javva memang tutup pada pukul 8 malam. Dengan suasana yang terbilang sepi dan nuansa lagu yang didominasi oleh genre jazz a la Indra Lesmana, tampaknya saya cukup menikmati suasana malam itu.

Selain black coffee, Kopi Javva juga menyediakan menu-menu kopi inventive lainnya seperti Encek’s Coffee (semacam kopi susu khas Kopi Javva), Orange Scented Coffee (kopi susu dengan perasan jeruk), dan sayangnya blunder terbesar malam itu yaitu Iced Lemongrass Coffee alias kopi dingin dengan sereh.

Sereh yang notabene merupakan jodoh dari teh digunakan pada kopi di sini. Meski tampil segar dan menarik, berbuih, penuh dengan es batu, dan tampak segar (reminds of beer actually), ternyata hasilnya sangat tidak berimbang. Rasa sereh yang terlalu dominan tampak menutupi rasa kopi yang biasanya punya kecenderungan overpowering any elements. Hal yang lain adalah penyajian kopi untuk sebuah kondisi dimana seorang pelanggan datang di malam hari, dalam keadaan tidak berkeringat, dan berada di ruangan dingin or in other words, too much ice cubes!

But anyway, kedatangan saya ke Kopi Javva merupakan kunjungan yang cukup menghibur, hanya sayang saja Kopi Javva tidak memiliki sebuah jendela dimana kita dapat nyaman berlama-lama menikmati secangkir kopi, teman mengobrol, atau sembari browsing the net dengan sebuah pemandangan ke jalan Senopati. Dengan rencana ekspansi dalam waktu dekat ini ke sebuah tempat peristirahatan kondang di jalan tol arah Jakarta-Cikampek, Kopi Javva akan menjadi tempat yang semakin dikenal dan mudah-mudahan terus berkembang seiring berjalannya waktu. Viva local coffee shops! 

Jl. Senopati no. 71-73, Jakarta

Rating: 3/5

Price Range: IDR 50,000 – IDR 100,000 for two

-Featured in HANG OUT JAKARTA May 2011 edition-

Link: http://hangoutjkt.com/food/11/Kopi-Javva

Coffee tasting experience in a skyscraper

It was a long and tiring day. Not to mention that it rained so heavily late in the afternoon and that adds more misery to the already miserable Jakarta with all its traffic and pollution. The journey from my office to Pacific Place was not a pleasant one as well though quite nearby. I was forced to use the less comfortable public transportation and took the wrong route to make it worse.

The agony didn’t stop there, I was again forced to walk the long way from Crowne Plaza Hotel considering that using any public transport would be futile or wasteful. Therefore I fought against ticking clock to my appointment time, drizzling rain, splashes from puddles, slippery muds, toxic fumes, and the long walk.

Well, it all started from an invitation for a coffee tasting at Ritz-Carlton Hotel Pacific Place from a good friend of mine, Mr. Burhan Abe (http://burhanabe.com), a seasoned and famous journalist. It didn’t take long for me to accept and the journey proved itself to be fateful.

Long story short, I got acquainted with one of the PRs of Ritz-Carlton, Ms. Angelina. We all started with excitement and it turned out to be a delightful evening where we talk about the current project of Ritz-Carlton to introduce coffee to its customers. Here in Pacific Restaurant and Lounge, there are plenty to be enjoyed aside from the luscious interior look of the place and the extravagant view of Jakarta. People seemed to really enjoy their time relaxing with either their coffee, cigars, and other kind of refreshments Ritz-Carlton has to offer everyone.

Since we came for the coffee, Ritz-Carlton proudly presents many kinds of coffee from all over the world, freshly brewed and French pressed. We were given the chance to taste four kinds that evening. The exotic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, the balanced Colombian Supremo, the muscle strong Torajan Kalosi, and the nicely done Acehnese Gayo. So it’s the battle between the continents!

Since Ms. Angelina informed us first about how she awed with the strength and the goodness of Torajan coffee, we decided not to start from there. First, it was the Ethiopian. The result was quite satisfying since it’s mild and suitable for black coffee beginners. There’s a hint of spice scent and it’s not acidic at all.

A good start for us as we head for the Colombian afterwards.

The Colombian Supremo proved itself to be quite dense with the higher body level than the previous one and again with no sign of acidic taste. Thus I was convinced that the Supremo is more at the advance level, but don’t get to carried away since we’re not arrive at the Indonesian coffee.

Next would be both the Acehnese and the Torajan at the same time. Clearly, it’s a ‘lost cause’ from those who attempted to overthrow the Torajan Kalosi that night. Even though the Acehnese Gayo came in quite strong but the Torajan Kalosi retaliated with such fury and such greatness. Everything was dense with the coffee starting from the smell, the thickness, and up to the after taste.

But make no mistake, clearly we have to judge almost about everything not only from the variety (in which we have to be grateful that there are so many choices out there to your liking) but also on how the coffee brewed and served. Sometimes most of all, we can’t ignore the fact that if you’re having a good time out there with your friends or even by yourself. That evening proved to be a great experience for us, great chats in a great place, and  with great coffee. You wouldn’t bother about this coffee or that coffee especially me, considering the toll I had put myself through to honor the appointment.

Not long afterwards, I got acquainted with another PR Ms. Hanny Gunawan and treated for a good fix of amazing dinner at the restaurant. So on my next journal, it will be about the dinner and our other fun we had on the dining table. The joyous evening still continues. Stay tune!

LOCATION:

PACIFIC RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place 6th Fl.

SCBD, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53

Jakarta 12190

RSVP: 021 – 2550 1888 ext. 3993

QuikSkoop™: ใบชา Tea

I had been wanting to visit Bangkok Art & Culture Center and found it a very very interesting place. Located conveniently and easily accessed from National Stadium BTS Station, Bangkok. We arrived at this wonderfully designed, modern, art gallery that also combines with cafe, shops, and seats for just plain discussion for art, politics, or you name it.

Some of the cafes we encountered is this particular one named Tea. Yes, just plain Tea or in Thai, ใบชา if I’m not mistaken with the writing. The design was simple but homey for teens or young adults like us. Mostly it serves only beverages and snacks up to sandwich.

Fatigues and ‘heat strike’ from our previous whole day trip across Chao Phraya River, Wat Po, and Grand Palace made me decide that having a good, solid hot Thai Milk Tea (THB 25) would be a good idea. The waitress served us indeed a good tea. In one glass, she served the already mixed Thai tea with milk. In addition she also added a glass of plain tea in case the already mixed one is too sweet or not to your liking.

Thai Milk Tea

It was a nice afternoon of us talking about our honeymoon trip so far, our next plans, and just simply enjoying the moment while sipping the good tea. The other patrons there were a group of, we assumed, college students. They were having this interesting conversation, we assumed again, must be something about art and daily life in Thai. Apart from the cafe, the atmosphere and everything that BACC has to offer for us were also delighting our afternoon.

In the end when the bills came, I noticed that the waitress was wearing a t-shirt with the writings about JIFFEST 2009. It’s the Jakarta’s own independent film festival. Hell.. She’s a Thai and she got that t-shirt! I figured that Bangkok must have interesting events as well in this fine city! Next time, I’d be sure to visit this place again.

LOCATION:

Pathumwan Intersection, facing MBK and Siam Discovery Center. The 3rd floor entrance is connected to National Stadium BTS Station. Tea is located on the 4th floor.

Opening hours: 10 am – 9 pm (closed on Monday)

Kahvehane: That’s Life Coffee

I was intrigued by this particular Youtube link my friend posted on Facebook a few months ago about a group of buddies who filmed their favorite coffee shop, That’s Life Coffee. It’s a local joint, located on Jl. Gunawarman, Jakarta. Be sure not to miss it because its presence can be very subtle despite its attempts to market itself and especially do not forget the fact that Jl. Gunawarman is a fast lane one way road where cars usually pace more and you may miss this tiny establishment.

By the way, on my way home after my visit from Mandala, the famous Chinese restaurant in Jl. Wolter Monginsidi, I decided to visit this place and of course, to do my daily writings about restaurant reviews. After I found the little place, I ascended upstairs and found out that it was a nice place actually. Though the capacity is somehow limited and you can only find mostly hard wooden chairs like in Starbucks, but if you happen to sit on the sofas which are next to the windows, you’ll get a good view of the street and busyness outside, which was quite nice.

Don’t forget to bring your laptop because they provide free wi-fi service but make sure to brace yourself if you don’t smoke because it’s a bit messy inside with smokers in which I finally realize that a good coffee shop should be free of smokers. They’re the scourge of the universe! Well.. That’s a bit too much because I used to be a smoker, not too addictive though. Hmmm.. That’s probably why..

Okay, among the extensive menu of coffee and other beverages plus some light meals, I just chose a cup of Cafe Mocha (IDR 26,000) instead. I took a seat just around the corner with a view to the street, turned on the laptop, got online, and accompanied with the coffee and sprinkles of cinnamon. So it was a good choice and I spent like several hours there, typing, sipping the coffee, while occasionally just gazing to the street watching cars and people passing by until the night comes. It was a good afternoon, really.

Cafe Mocha

But unfortunately on another occasion, me, my partner, and some of my colleagues went up there for a night-time coffee and though we spent a good time there, I was plainly disappointed by several things. First, the intoxicating smokes from cigarettes. Well, I knew all along that That’s Life Coffee is a smoking zone but a decent coffee shop, especially the ones with AC shouldn’t let this stay silent forever. At least, no matter how small the space is, keep them away in a separated section. I used to be a smoker and now also a social smoker but I can finally understand why most famous chain of coffee shops kept these likes outdoor. It’s annoying and hazardous!

Second, it’s the exaggerating level of service. Truly, they might be of good service and the hospitality level way actually too good to be true a.k.a to the level of annoying where I honestly recognized the honesty of the service but when they keep bugging you with the same question of ‘Is there anything you wish to order again?’ all the time they pass by my table or after clearing each of my friends glasses, it’s a pain in the neck. Seriously!

But the worst part of course, the coffee. I cannot understand why after all these years, That’s Life Coffee fails to deliver consistency with the coffee. It’s true that I tasted every of my friends’ coffee beverages, except one of my friends who was ‘blessed’ with doctor’s advice and ‘intuition’ for just having a glass of iced tea that night. He’s lucky. Well, anyway, all of the drinks were so bad I could even barely taste the coffee. My iced Cafe Latte was a big zero while the rest of my friends’, which I didn’t even want to remember the names, were also a total failure and an utter disgrace. You can’t even taste the coffee because it’s simply dampened with the milk or anything else. I even doubt that they put real coffee beans in those drinks.

Well, I know I said harsh words but please do bear in mind because I do love your place and I wanted it to be better and better. The competition’s hard but if you just can’t follow it, you’re seriously in danger I tell you. And oh… one more thing, with such ineptitude, I’d rather buy more expensive but assured in quality coffee because you put expensive price tag for a local joint. Grow up, dude!

THAT’S LIFE COFFEE

Jl. Gunawarman No. 24, Jakarta – Indonesia

Phone: +62 21 739 2942

Website: http://thatslifecoffee.wordpress.com

Email: thatslifecoffee@gmail.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/Thats-Life-Coffee/35203488566?ref=ts

Halal Meter: Halal.

Ambience & Interior: Conversational to the level of loud which is forgivable. The TV is useless by the way and everybody seems smoking and that’s kinda annoying.

Service: Overly polite and keeps on asking whether we want to order something else, but actually pretty helpful in clearing the table.

Pricing: TBA

Recommended Dishes: Not the coffee so far but you might wanna grab the sandwich though.

Reservation: Recommendation for a seat at a coffee shop? Humm.. That’s rare.

Operating Hours: 11 AM (Mon to Thu) & 1 PM (Fri to Sun) up to 11 PM (Sun to Thu) & 1 AM (Fri & Sat). Closed on public holidays.

Payment Methods: TBA

Kahvehane: Kopi Lay

Early morning in Bandung has always been cool and nice, but we bid our time until the sun shone up a bit and off we go to the place at around 8 AM. I’ve been dying to have a good kopitiam style breakfast in Bandung and from what it seem, Kopi Lay seem to resemble Kopitiam Oey in some way. It was just a hunch and a correct one of course! Exactly what to expect from an aficionado in gastronomy like me right?

Here’s the story. When we arrived, the place was quite huge. Resided in a renovated old colonial Dutch house, Kopi Lay coexists together with Sagoo Kitchen. The difference between those two was perhaps Kopi Lay specializes only as kopitiam style dining like Ya Kun Kaya Toastwich or Kopitiam Oey from what I said before, while Sagoo Kitchen provides the mixtures of Indonesian and Chinese culinary heritage dishes.

I shall review Sagoo Kitchen later since it opens at 10 AM so I haven’t had the chance to try it out. Judging from the pricelist though, it’s not that friendly since it was cheaper back then in Kopitiam Oey and for God sake, this place is in Bandung!! So you can actually make it cheaper. Just because you’re nearby the famous Cafe Bali of Bandung and Suis Butcher so you can continue this insolence! Well.. well.. I haven’t reviewed it yet but these prejudices (from an aficionado) have already marred their reputations. So beware, if you can’t make me satisfy in other parts, I’ll be sure to make you suffer.

Okay, the menu in Kopi Lay wasn’t that particularly extensive. They only provide coffee, tea, toasts, and buns. That’s it! It’s actually okay if you can understand what a kopitiam is and the price tag they put on the dishes, so if you got any objection about it since you got used of having big dish of rice for your breakfast, hey.. that’s your loss. Whatever..

Kopi C

The price ranging from IDR 10,000 to IDR 15,000. I chose the Toast Smoked Beef Telor (IDR 14,900) plus Kopi C (IDR 14,900). Kopi C was actually coffee with evaporated milk and it was quite good. As for the toast, the bread was good, it was thick but mild, however seemed to me that the eggs were made with MSG. That’s a mistake because naturally eggs can become the taste enhancer and adding the MSG will only ruin it plus the fact that they also provide chili sauce. That’s a bit shame.

Toast Smoked Beef Telor

By the way, my mom picked only Teh Tarik Lay (IDR 13,900) since she had her breakfast earlier. The making process seemed right but they failed miserably in creating the right composition and taste. My mom didn’t like it and I had to agree. It was a bit bland with too much ice in it. Well, the bright side was that my coffee was just fine and they got good internet connection there. The place was also quite nicely designed. I shall explore this more and put an end should any insolence occurs.

Teh Tarik Lay

Location : LL R.E Martadinata /Riau St. (After Suis Butcher and just before Cafe Bali), Bandung

Other locations are also available now (updates TBA)