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Top 10 Coffee Shops in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
In a hedonistic city like Jakarta, having a cup of coffee is more than just personal sensory indulgence. People go to cafés and coffee shops to see-and-be-seen, meet the celebrity owner, or even to get free WiFi. With such diverse consumer demand, no wonder many of these places got lost in fancy décors, so-called seasonal blended beverages and artisan-desserts, and forgot the one thing that (should) really matters : a proper cup of coffee.

Amidst all the craziness, here are 10 places where you can still be sure your coffee does not come from a sachet (in no particular order, except perhaps the possibility of you ever being there before you read this).

Anomali
Let’s start with the easy one. With 6 locations in Jakarta and Bali, Anomali is probably Indonesia’s answer to the invasion of foreign chains like Starbucks. And the good news is, they are selling real coffee – not milk/dairy creamer based beverages disguised as coffee. It’s a one-stop shopping for single-origin Indonesian originals such as Sumatra Mandailing, Flores Bajawa, Bali Kintamani, Toraja, and organic Aceh Gayo.

Blacklisted
Don’t let the “in-mall” location fool you into thinking it’s just another socialite cafe. Their simple menu showed what you’re getting in your cup and in which ratio (very helpful for beginners to differentiate cappuccino and latte macchiato). Coffee beans from various countries are used based on formula developed by Australian coffee expert, Saxon Wright. The delicate roasting technique optimized fruity flavor extraction in the coffee, but also means less caffeine kick. Take the glass-half-full approach : that means you can order two cups!

Giyanti Coffee Roastery
The cozy space feels more like visiting a friend’s home rather than a coffee shop. They specialize in Indonesian coffee beans (including the uncommon Sulawesi Gowa) and the menu changes as the owner get inspired so it’s always fun to stop by and try his latest creation. Sunday to Tuesday is time for coffee bean roasting, so they only open on Wednesday to Saturday 9.30am to 17.30pm (if you missed their business hours, you can console yourself with an excellent Vietnamese ice coffee and baguette sandwich (banh mi) at Calideli, their sister restaurant next door).
1/15 Coffee
You can tell they’re serious about their coffee from the exceptionally well-trained crew. Everyone from the cashier to the baristas (one of them Indonesian Barista Champion 2013 Doddy Samsura) are caffeine savvy (and will patiently explain to anyone interested that one fifteenth is a well-known coffee-to-water ratio that yields an ideal cup of coffee). Pick a spot on the communal tables, loners bar looking out the glass walls, or loungy sofas to enjoy your coffee. Food on offer ranges from homemade baked goods (try their Earl Grey cookies!) to savoury snacks like corn fritters and Palembang dishes like pempek (fish cakes) and mie celor (noodles in thick seafood broth). They also host cupping sessions on the multifunctional space on the second floor every Saturday morning. Parking is a nightmare and will probably get worse as word spread about the place so either come early or take a cab.

Tanamera
Cappuccino aficionados hailed theirs as the best in town.  The man behind the gun – Australian roaster/barista Aidan Broderick recommends the single origin Aceh Gayo Natural with its unique strawberry notes paired with a slice of their caramel-coated banana cake. The tiny establishment could hardly fit 15 people and only open till 6pm on weekdays and 8pm on weekends.

Common Grounds
With hosts like Indonesian Barista Champion 2014 Yoshua “Yoshi” Tanu and Indonesian Latte Art Champion 2014 Iwan “Joni” Setiawan, you know you’re getting the best of both worlds. Their house blend Cloak + Dagger is a must-try for Espresso enthusiasts. They also serve awesome all-day breakfast menu with unique egg- dishes like Huevos Rancheros con Rendang and Tunisian Shakshouka.
Coffee Tree
A hidden gem in Kelapa Gading – this unpretentious place is a well-kept secret in the coffee lover society.  It’s not uncommon to find both professional and home baristas shopping for beans here while discussing various roasting techniques. The owners are fifth generation micro-roasters whose main business is to supply coffee to other establishments in Jakarta, so their own cafe is almost an afterthought. That said, they certainly know what they’re doing and at least one of the owners will always be present and happy to share his wisdom. The unique variety on offer is Sumiyaki roasted Java Arabica – which the owner learnt from one of his Japanese clients.

Koultura
Another hidden gem – this time in West Jakarta. Crowd is a bit on the younger (giggly) side, lured in by their cute Korean style decor and bright airy space. Selection is pretty basic and a bit outnumbered by their food menu, but unquestionably good. Their Spirit espresso machine shows they mean business.

Phoenam
The place to go for Toraja Coffee. The unique brewing technique used here creates a frothy foam like you normally found in the Malaysian drink teh tarik. With its acidity profile, Toraja Coffee goes well with sweetened condensed milk but you might also like to try the unique combo of coffee + milk + honey + ginseng. If you – like so many others before you – fell in love with their legendary kaya (coconut milk and egg yolk custard) toast, prepackaged jars are also sold here. Similar to their flagship café in hometown Makassar (South Sulawesi), the crowds in their Jakarta branch in Jl.Wahid Hasyim are mostly older men and journalists debating politics over coffee and cigarettes (yes, unfortunately you have to bear with the stank of smoke here). A second Jakarta branch recently opened in Kemang, hopefully without the smoke this time.

Tak Kie Ice Coffee (Es Kopi Tak Kie)
The original old-school no-nonsense kopi tiam. You will have to find your way through the maze of small alleys and crowded food stalls of Chinatown Gang Gloria in Pancoran, but their ice coffee is totally worth it! You only have two options : black or with sweetened condensed milk. (and better make up your mind quickly, because they only open till 2pm). The dishes on offer are the typical Chinese breakfast options of noodles with roast pork, porridge, Hainanese chicken rice, and dimsum.

There are so many other options that I have probably forgotten some! Please don't hesitate to share with me about your favorite coffee shops in Jakarta...

Photo credit: All photos in that article are from Tanamera's Instagram account

TWG Tea Salons and Boutiques

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
TWG (The Wellness Group) is a distributor of quality teas founded in 2008. On their logo, which is a copy of the one of Mariage Frères, it is mentioned the date 1837 but it is obviously a deception. They also have some words written in French such as "Mélanges Exquis" or "Grand Crus Prestige", probably aimed at making consumers believe it is a French brand. But TWG is from Singapore and there is no shame in that.

Part of their marketing strategies is the creation of high-end boutiques / restaurants / tea salon. There are already over 40 branches around the World, especially in Asia (only 1 in Europe and a few in US). The ideas is to position TWG as a luxury company by opening in premium locations, with a chic design and fine dining service.

I had TWG Teas on several occasions and they were good for a non-expert like me. It seems to me that tea is a basic product, a commodity and I don't think there are "Grand Crus" like there are with wine. All these talks make me feel like it is just a lot of gibberish aimed at marking up the prices of a very simple product. I would be curious to know what is the real cost of the 2 grams of tea leaves they put on your cup.

Anyway, I tried one of their two Tea Salons and Boutiques in Jakarta, the one in Pacific Place Mall (the other one is in Plaza Senayan).

I liked the design of the place and the excellent service. A PR and a hostess came at my table. They were a bit mannered but I imagine this is what people are expecting in high-end restaurants unfortunately. It is Parisian Chic brought to Asia.

There menu features all the classic Western dishes, some of them prepared with tea. They also have several breakfast sets with tea for about Rp100,000.
Chicken Majesté (Rp140,000 + 21% tax and service charge)
I had the "Chicken Majesté" which was well-presented and tasted fine. At around Rp170,000 net, it is quite overpriced though.
Overall: TWG is recommended for its excellent French café design and atmosphere, its service and its teas (especially the packaging). They are also famous for their macarons that I did not have the chance to try. Food-wise, it is fine but it is not the best value-for-money you will find. For those prices, you can actually eat in some 5-star hotels restaurants nearby.

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Plaza Senayan
Level 1, Unit 109A, Jalan Asia Afrika 8, 10270 
South Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone number: +62-21 572 5276 

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Pacific Place Mall
Pacific Place, Level 1, Unit 30B, SCBD
Jalan Sudirman Kav 52-53, South Jakarta 12190
Phone number: +62-21 5797 3272

Facebook: TWG Tea 1837

Opening Hours: 
From Monday to Sunday from 10am to 10pm

Mariette's House (Alam Sutera)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Mariette's House is a surprising little café located among the rukos (small shops and offices) accross the road from Living World Alam Sutera Mall. They serve mostly coffee, not expensive, and small snacks that I imagine taste average.

It is very very quiet, I stayed 3 hours and no customers came in.

Overall: I would still recommend it as it is very cosy and homey.
Mariette House
Ruko Alam Sutera Town Center 10C No. 16, Tangerang 15235 (in front of Mall Alam Sutera Living World)

Phone number: +62-21 825 72902
Whatsapp: 085715115849
Email: mariette.house@gmail.com

Facebook: Mariette House
Website (with Menu): http://mariettehouse.tumblr.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariettehouse

Opening Hours: 
Everyday from 12pm to 9pm (2pm to 11pm on Saturday)

Anomali Coffee (Jakarta & Bali)

By Nyoman →




So many Coffee places in Jakarta ! Indonesia is in the Top 5 Coffee producer in the world, no wonder there are so many Coffee Shops in the city... It is not difficult to source coffee beans here.

Anomali Coffee is a small and upscale coffee chain with 4 outlets in Jakarta and 2 in Bali. The different outlets in jakarta are mostly located in the South of the city. They claim themselves to be "Kopi Asli Indonesia" whick means Original Indonesian Coffee. It is one of the competitor of Liberica Coffee.

What I like about this place ? Well it's quite intimate, the coffee is good and the service is pleasant. It's hard to tell the difference between two types of coffee when you are not a connoisseur. But each time I tried a beverage here, I was not disappointed. I had a Sandwich and a  Vanilla Eclair and it was also quite tasty, with a reasonable price (30 000 Rp for the Vanilla Eclair).

Last but not least, the WiFi connection works quite well there. I tried the food though and it is best to avoid it.

 



Currently Six Locations in Indonesia (pictures above were taken in Setiabudi One Location):

Jakarta outlets:
Anomali Coffee Setiabudi One
Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav 62 Karet Setiabudi
Jakarta Selatan.
Phone: (021) 5229228

Anomali Coffee Senopati
Jalan Senopati No. 19 Kebayoran Baru,
Jakarta Selatan
Phone:  (021) 52920102

Anomali Coffee Kemang
Jl Kemang Raya No 72
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (021) 7194742

Anomali Coffee eX Plaza
eX Plaza Indonesia Level 5
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 96129124

Bali outlets:
Anomali Coffee Seminyak
Jalan Kayu Aya (Oberoi) No. 7b Seminyak,
Bali
Phone:  (0361) 736687

Anomali Coffee Ubud
Jalan Raya Ubud No. 88 Gianyar,
Bali
Phone: (0361) 972263

Liberica Coffee (Pacific Place Mall and other locations)

By Nyoman →
In Pacific Place Mall, on the fourth floor, you have the possibility to enjoy a nice coffee at Liberica. That's what I did last time I went there. This place really looks like Starbucks but in a more elaborated way: Modern decor, cozy area, coffee to order at the counter, american pastries... This small coffee chain is Indonesian and currently has 5 outlets (Pacific Place, Kemang, Gandaria City, Central Park and Cilandak Town square). The name Liberica is taken from a rare coffee bean variant of Liberica beans. The main difference with Starbucks is that you can buy Beers and Wine. This is a weird concept when you think about it, Coffee and Wine ! 

Liberica Coffee in Pacific Place

Pastries & Beverages

Barista area

I went there many times now and it was always crowded. I assume people like going there instead of going to Starbucks where you can go pretty much in any mall. In Liberica Coffee, the seats are oriented towards the mall, that means you can enjoy your beverage and looking at people walking in the mall, which is pleasant in my opinion.

I would recommend the beverages here and some of the food but the pastries are not really worth it...

In the same Mall, you can go to Paul Bakery & Patisserie or Odysseia.

 

Liberica Pacific Place
Jalan Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53
4th Floor
South Jakarta 12190
Phone number: +62-21 5797 3375


Other Locations:
Liberica Gandaria City
Gandaria City Mall
Ground Floor (Main Street
Jalan Sultan Iskandar Muda Kebayoran Lama
South Jakarta 12240
Phone number: +62-21 2900 7986

Liberica Central Park
Central Park Mall
Ground Floor
Jalan Let Jend S. Parman Kav. 28
Jakarta 11470
Phone number: +62 828 1705 7626

Liberica Colony Kemang Building
Jl Kemang Raya No 6A
Ground Floor
Phone number: +62-21 2952 9914

Liberica Cilandak Town Square (Citos)
Jl TB Simatupang Kav. 17
Ground Floor
Phone number: +62-21 7592 0235

BrownBag (Sandwich and Coffee)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Brownbag is a small restaurant serving sandwiches (all the classics), some popular main courses and drinks (mostly coffee). They also serve Macarons and Poffertjes.

The place is comfortable, with soft lounge music, the wifi is fast, and the waiters are professional.

My sandwich was a bit expensive and small (74,000rp including tax for the Roast Beef) but it was fresh and good.

Overall: I recommend Brownbag for any quick meal at any time of the day if you are staying near Menteng.

Update: After a second visit to Brownbag, I realized they only have one CD for the music.
Brownbag Jakarta
Menteng Central (in front of Ibis Budget Hotel)
Jl. H.O.S. Cokroaminoto No. 78 - 80
Jakarta, Indonesia 10350

Phone number: +62-21 230 5000
Email: contactus@brownbag.co.id
Website: http://www.brownbag.co.id
Facebook: Brown Bag Jakarta

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 10am to 10pm (until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays)

QQ Kopitiam

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →

QQ Kopitiam is a chain of cafés with locations in several malls in Jakarta. "Kopi Tiam" is a Malay word for simple coffee houses in Singapore and Malaysia. They serve coffees, teas and easy-to-prepare dishes. QQ Kopitiam follows that idea but it is more upmarket, at least in the atmosphere.

I visited the branch in Fx Lifestyle Center on Sudirman, which is very well located inside the mall, just by the entrance. The design is vintage/colonial and it seemed nice to me at first. I noticed many imperfections though: TV not working, plastic flowers, bad finishings, etc... 

Apart from the location, I was not really happy with my visit: The service was very slow as only 1 person was handling 8 tables. The WIFI was not working too. The menu is limited and offers mostly Indonesian/Malay street food dishes. I tried the Nasi Goreng and it tasted just average (around Rp40k net).
Overall:
I would not particularly recommend QQ, except for their usually strategic locations. It is probably OK for a quick, affordable meal but don't expect to eat better than in any warung. QQ Kopitiams are often busy, it can be another reason to visit one.

QQ Kopitiam locations in Jakarta:

QQ Kopitiam FX
FX Lifestyle X'nter, Lobby
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Pintu Satu Senayan
Phone number: +62-21 25554388

QQ Supermall Karawaci
Supermall Karawaci
UG Fl Unit 16 B
Jalan Boulevard Diponegoro No. 105
Phone number: +62 21 5420 2770

QQ Kopitiam MKG3
Kelapa Gading Mall 3
Jalan Boulevard Kelapa Gading Blok M
Phone number: +62 21 4587 8154

QQ Kopitiam Pacific Place
4th Floor, SCBD Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52 - 53
Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone number: +62-21 5797 3672

QQ Kopitiam SMS 2
Summarecon Mall Serpong 2, GF
Downtown Walk Unit DGF-232
Jalan Boulevard Gading Serpong
Phone number: +62-21 522 7675 / 522 1716

QQ Kopitiam Plaza Indonesia EX

Fourth floor
Jl. M. H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Phone number: +62-21 2992 3699

QQ Kopitiam Senayan
Permata Senayan Ruko Komp, BI Unit 30 B
Jl. Tentara Pelajar
Phone number: +62-21 29543 902

Monolog Coffee (Pondok Indah Mall, Street Gallery)

By Nyoman →
 Monolog Coffee PIM
 Monolog Coffee Front Bakery
 Monolog Coffee Drinks Menu
 Monolog Coffee Food Menu
 
Monolog Coffee Bar Counter

 I went to Monolog Coffee in Pondok Indah Mall. This Coffee place is located at the very end of "The Street", the Dining area of Pondok Indah Mall which closes at 12:00 PM. I have been attracted by a nice Bakery at the entrance with mostly Croissants and some American Pastries like Cheese Cakes or Carrot Cakes.

Inside is more like a modern American Dinner with a big Bar counter in the middle of the Dining space. The place is usually pretty full, especially on Weekends since we are in a mall. I tried the food there, a Chicken Sandwich with a choice of Focaccia or Ciabatta bread. It was not really tasty and the bread was average. The fries on the side were very greasy and I didn't like it either.

The Carrot Cake was good though, along with the other pastries you can find there. The coffee is also worth it there, since Monolog claims to be "Quality Coffee Co". On that point, I have to admit that they were right, the Cappuccino I had there was very flavorful.


Overall I recommend that place for a Coffee or a Weekend Brunch.

2 locations in Jakarta:

Monolog Coffee Pondok Indah Mall
Street Gallery 1st floor No. 101 B, Pondok Indah Mall 1
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah - Jakarta 12310
P +6221 2952 9775
7am - 12pm Monday to Sunday

Monolog Coffee Plaza Senayan
Plaza Senayan CP 101 B, Palm Gate Entrance
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8 - Jakarta 10270
P +6221 572 5144
7am - 10pm Monday to Sunday

people@monolog-coffee.com
 

Djournal Coffee (Grand Indonesia Mall)

By Nyoman →




Djournal Coffee Bar is a Coffee place located in Grand Indonesia Mall. This Coffee place belong to the Ismaya Group, owner also of Social House, SKYE Bar & Restaurant (Menara BCA) and DragonFly Club (Graha BIP). You will easily find Djournal Coffee since it is located close to the main West Mall Entrance of Grand Indonesia. But you will definitely get lost in Grand Indonesia Mall since it is quite big !

This place is a good alternative to Starbucks but with a more trendy side. The prices will be the same as in Starbucks though. Good service and pretty crowded coffee place. I would recommend it for the terrace, facing Plaza Indonesia Mall entrance.

There are 2 other Djournal Coffee at CILANDAK TOWN SQUARE Main Lobby and SUMARECON MAL SERPONG GF.

 

Djournal Coffee
Grand Indonesia West Mall GF
Jakarta, Indonesia, 10310
Telephone : 021-23581835


Opening Hours:
Everyday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

JJ Royal Bistro (Senayan City Mall)

By Nyoman →







JJ Royal Bistro is located in Senayan City Mall, not to confuse with JJ Royal Brasserie, located in Lotte Shopping Avenue. JJ Royal Bistro is a Restaurant, Bar and Bakery located in Senayan City Mall. This chain belongs to Foodie Habit Group, the same group that owns JJ Royal Coffee and the sugar Gulaku.


When you first get in JJ Royal Bistro, you are amazed by the decor. It is so colourful and exentric ! They have colourful portraits hanging on the walls (and on the ceiling!) and they have Elizabeth chairs by famous designer Philippe Starck. So a lot of money spent on the decoration of the place, which is very attractive when you don't know the place. Plus anywhere you are in the Restaurant, the colourful Geisha is looking at you...


The food there is elaborated and the presentation is always close to perfection ( Latte art for your Capuccino, plate decoration with spices, sugar, elaborated platters, nice straws...). The prices are in the same range as other fancy places you will find in the mall, count around 35K for a Coffee Latte. The pastries are totally worth it, and the Cronut is also a good option to taste. The food/beverage Menu is so thick ! You can spend a lot of time reading it like a newspaper... There is a balanced mix of Western and Asian food along with French pastries and desserts.


Overall, I would recommand a quick detour to this place, this is a perfect place to show-off in a totally baroque atmosphere.To me it is really like a fancy coffee place.


JJ Royal Bistro
Senayan City Mall
LG floor
Jalan Asia Afrika Lot 19
Jakarta, Indonesia, 10270


Facebook: www.facebook.com/JJRoyalBistro
(021) 29329262
Open Everyday: 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Reservation@jjroyal-bistro.com