Dear AJB Readers
Today marks our final blog post and what better way to wrap things up than over coffee!
Can you believe we have written more that 220 blog posts these past 5 years, of which 10 have been dedicated purely to Jakarta-based coffee shops. Our story today delivers you a further six fantastic places to sip your favourite brew, all of which are located in the South Jakarta area – where we call home.
So come with us one final time as we savour some of the best Indonesian coffee, prepared by some of Jakarta’s most talented baristas.
It’s been a wonderful journey and we thank you for your enduring support and kindness.
We wish you happiness and wonderful adventures always,
Jo and Liz
A Journey Bespoke
Jl. Panglima Polim V No.60
Opening hours: 7am – 10pm daily
Instagram: Brookland Coffee
We like to sip: On the day we visited, Liz and I were greeted by Pandu the super-friendly owner of Brookland Coffee, along with his delightful mother. Their excitement for this new coffee venture was palpable and they were keen for us to share Brookland Coffee with you, our readers.
Whilst placing our order of one piccolo (for me) and a latte for Liz, we chatted to barista Dista who explained that the coffee was made using a Bali-Brazil blend roasted in Bandung by Two Hands Full .
Why this place? Three main reasons: the friendly staff, the cosy welcoming space and Brookland’s celebration of local food. We were thrilled to see that the guys at Brookland recognise the value and significance of traditional recipes. For instance, Brookland’s simple menu features regularly changing street food options such as nasi kecombrang (my favourite), nasi cumi ijo and nasi kuning. Prepared just across the road, these simple meals are wrapped in banana leaf and can be eaten in-house or take away. Fresh, authentic and tasty (and excellent for the environment with no plastic wrapping in sight), we couldn’t resist a nasi kecombrang on the day we visited.
Other noteworthy information: Brookland Coffee is the sibling to well-established coffee house, Seven Speed Coffee so it’s not unusual to see their staff at both locations.
Jl. Barito II No.19
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 7am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 7am – 10pm
We like to sip: On the day we visited I enjoyed a chai latte (yes I know, how shocking! – but I had already reached my caffeine quota for the day when a friend suggested we meet at this cafe). My friend ordered a cappuccino and was completely satisfied with her cup! My chai latte was tasty too (but a little sweet for me).
Why this place? Kopikalyan has a reputation for its consistently high standard coffee, roasting their own beans in-house at their Jl. Barito cafe. However, what makes Kopikalyan stand apart from the many others that serve excellent coffee is its proximity to my favourite Jakarta market, Pasar Mayestik where I buy fabrics and fresh produce. As a part of my planning I always build in a pit stop at Kopikalyan either beforehand to organise my ‘plan of attack’, or after my market experience, to rest and reflect on my day.
Other noteworthy information: It’s the little things isn’t it! At Kopikalyan each coffee ordered comes accompanied by a bite-sized piece of bola pandan – a perfect little something that doesn’t overwhelm or distract from the coffee.
Kopi Lima Detik
Jl. Panglima Polim XII No.46
Opening hours: 8am – 10pm daily
Instagram: Kopi Lima Detik
We like to sip: On the day we visited Jo and I both enjoyed the The Kopi Lima Detik piccolo latte made from West Java coffee beans.
Why this place?
It’s new, quirky and worth a visit if you are in the Panglima Polim neighbourhood. Kopi Lima Detik serves up a fine cup of coffee and an equally notable treat— their signature Nasi Jeruk (chicken rice infused with lime) If you choose to take your Nasi Jeruk away, it comes thoughtfully wrapped in banana leaf and eco palm leaf packaging.
Other noteworthy information: The cafe name is translated as Five Second Coffee. Another interesting fact is the cafe is attached to the owners home (another Panglima Polim area architectural beauty) where they roast their coffee beans daily.
Mood Wellness Studio and Kitchen
Jl. Benda Raya No.5
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 10pm, weekends 8am – 10pm
Instagram: Mood Wellness and Kitchen
We like to sip: I’ve visited Mood Wellness Studio and Kitchen (‘Mood’) on two occasions this past week. The first was quite late one afternoon after taking almost two hours to get back to Kemang from Senayan (an 8km trip). I was running seriously behind schedule to meet a friend at her latest favourite cafe in the Kemang area, Mood .
When I finally arrived, let’s just say my mood wasn’t exactly light. But as soon as I stepped inside the bright and airy cafe I felt completely calm. Usually I wouldn’t opt for a latte at 5.30pm but I made the exception on this day… and it was worth it! Brewed from Aceh Gayo beans, it tasted great and certainly gave me the kick I needed (it was strong.. the way I like it!)
The second time I visited was with my family. Our order consisted of two fresh kelapa muda (young coconuts), two cold pressed ‘Grounding Liquids’ juice and one hot latte. We also ordered some light lunch options – Smashed Egg Avocado, Vietnamese Banh Mi, Fruit French Toast and the Focus Better Bowl.
Why this place? I really like the concept of this place. It feels zen without being pretentious or intimidating.
Mood has a great community vibe. I particularly love the fact that after a yoga class, people can head downstairs to replenish their energy stores and enjoy a coffee, coconut & chat as well as some light food options. Alternatively they can relax on the rooftop space upstairs where refreshments are also served.
Other noteworthy information: This place opened its doors pretty recently and as with anything new, it takes time to smooth things out. For example, when my family and I visited we had to wait a while for our food order. The drinks were with us in no time (complete with paper straws) but we had almost finished them before the food began to arrive.
The coffee tastes good (really good!), but if you like your coffee hot, be sure to specify this.
The portion size of each dish is on the smaller side of ‘Jakarta normal’ but what you do get is great quality food.
In saying all this, don’t be discouraged as there’s plenty to love about Mood. I have no doubt that this place will become a genuine favourite with locals in the Kemang and surrounding areas.
Six Ounces Coffee
Jl. Panglima Polim IX No.93
Opening hours: 8.30am – 10pm daily
Instagram: Six Ounces Coffee
We like to sip: Six Ounces Coffee is the newest kid on the Jalan Panglima Polim IX block. (it is up the road from the new Beau Bakery) and comes highly recommended by those who know the original cafe in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. On the day we visited Jo sipped a flat white, our friend a cappuccino and I chose a latte.
Why this place? Firstly, their baristas take their coffee and service very seriously. I visited (my first time) on the third day of their official opening (sometimes it is better to wait until a new place settles into their new space) I’m glad I didn’t wait .. the place was buzzing and the coffee was very good, so good, I sent Jo a photo of my Six Ounces latte. The tone of the coffee was a deep golden brown and its taste was smooth and earthy … I enquired further and was told my latte was made from their house blend (Brazil, Java, and Sumatra beans) roasted by Giyanti. Bingo! (Giyanti is right up there on our list of cafes serving and roasting AMAZING coffee) I returned that weekend with my daughter and enjoyed great coffee, their avocado and toast (dressing on the side) and a hearty plate of pancakes. My next visit I caught up with Jo and our friend, and we shared great conversation over our Six Ounces flat white, cappuccino and latte.
Last of all, we both love the Jalan Panglima Polim streets and Dharmawangsa area for their exceptionally rich colonial architecture. Many of the buildings in this area have recently been turned into public spaces and Six Ounces Coffee is one new example.
Other noteworthy information: The name Six Ounces comes from the ratio of Milk and Espresso in an espresso style coffee. If you like your coffee hot though, be sure to specify this. The staff are very accomodating.
Jl. Darmawangsa XIV No.10
Opening hours: Tuesday – Thursday 8.30am – 9pm, Friday & Saturday 8.30am – 10pm, Sunday 8am – 10pm. Closed Monday
Instagram: Tanagodang Coffee
We like to sip: I first spotted Tanagodang coffee after dashing out of my favourite Jl Dharmawangsa IV cafe ‘But First Coffee‘ because it was full. Standing outside ‘But First Coffee’, and wondering where to go next … directly across the street from me I was looking at Tanagodang Coffee .. a cafe I had never spotted before. Coffee dilemna solved and I was off to check it out and invite Jo along on my second visit. On that day, we each sipped a hot Tanagodang latte.
Why this place? Tanagodong Coffee is a cozy cafe nestled amongst the trees in a narrow lane opposite the PELASPAS building. The owner of Tanagodang Coffee is from Sumatra and is proud to be serving Sumatra Mandailing coffee roasted from his village of Tanagodang.
Sumatra Mandailing coffee is grown on the lofty volcanic slopes of Mount Leuser near the port of Padang, in the Batak region of North West Sumatra. “Mandailing,” has strong notes of cedar, sweet tobacco, chocolate and spices.
Other noteworthy information: Tanagodang Coffee is the only cafe in Jakarta specialising in Mandailing coffee beans from Sumatra.
We have never had a problem finding good coffee here in Jakarta as the following blog posts will prove.
And with Jakarta’s coffee scene showing no sign of losing momentum, you will always be with great coffee in this bustling city we happily call home 🙂
Words: Jo Stevens & Liz McClean Photography: A Journey Bespoke