Indonesia by Indonesia
Last week, attendees of ‘Taste of: Jakarta’ had the unique opportunity to sample coffee grown, processed and roasted by a single country.
Hold up. What is a ‘Taste of’ event all about?
It’s simple really — an opportunity for anyone, coffee pro or otherwise, to visit Bureaux and taste coffee from a notable coffee city in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
And how does it work?
We got in touch with five top roasters in Jakarta and asked them to send us their best filter roasted coffee. In sweltering forty-two degree heat, we brewed them up, got a crowd together to taste them side by side, then gathered thoughts and feedback from the audience.
And what makes Jakarta special is it’s both home to a selection of excellent roasters, and one of the rare cities that happens to be the capital of a coffee growing country too. Many of the up and coming specialty roasters exist to celebrate the diverse array of these local growers, and are championing emerging high quality production.
So what were the five coffees featured? Who were the roasters and were we tasting what they are tasting?
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Sari Stroberi / Natural / Kerinci, Sumatra / Indonesia
They say: Strawberry, cinnamon, black tea
We said: Raspberry, banana bread, brown sugar and black tea.
Mother Pigeons roasts primarily for their two coffee shops, aptly named Pigeonhole, located in Bintaro and Shophaus Menteng.
Say Something Coffee
Java Halu Harum / Pulp Natural / West Java / Indonesia
They say: Strawberry candy, lemonade, plum
We said: Raisin, chamomile tea, grapefruit and pomelo.
Shaking up West Jakarta with specialty coffee, newly arrived Say Something has been discovered by locals and coffee enthusiasts alike and have been roasting alongside Smoking Barrels, another local favourite.
Toraja Yale / Wet Hulled / Tana Toraja, Sulawesi / Indonesia
They say: Brown sugar, spice, citrus and balanced.
We said: Jasmine tea, cascara, orange rind and dark sugar.
Started by Lidya Japar Halim, the modest cafe and mezzanine roastery housing a small 1kg roaster has impressed with brilliant Indonesian coffees from various regions.
Malino / Semi-Washed / Gowa, South Sulawesi / Indonesia
They say: Cashew, sweet chocolate, chamomile
We said: Nutty, English Breakfast tea, honey, chocolate.
Located in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, Mikael Teguhjaya co-founded Juno Coffee Company relatively recently, naming the company after his cat. He celebrates Indonesian coffees, along with selections from around the world.
Java Sunda Hejo Ciwidey / Semi-Washed / Ciwidey, West Java / Indonesia
They say: Grape, apple, chocolate, medium body, balanced.
We said: Baker’s chocolate, Jaffa, malt, red apple.
Arif Said and Andrew Tang founded Morph Coffee, another micro-roaster in Jakarta, roasting on a 1kg Joper. Arif spent around a decade in Melbourne. Morph is a shortening of metamorphosis, and their aim is to change the perception of coffee in Indonesia.
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Our favourite of the night? The Java Halu Harum from Say Something Coffee.
Big thanks to all five roasters who shipped their coffee across the World to us (And, thanks to Ken Hendarto for the introductions). Thanks also to Moon Dog for their beer and Chamellia for their iced tea — they were certainly needed afterwards.
Thanks also to the attendees, whose contribution will be donated to FareShare.
See you on 28th February for Taste of: London!