Unique Indonesian Coffee
Ever since its initial introduction in the 17th & 18th-century era, Indonesians have been attached to coffee. Drinking coffee has become a tradition and part of the everyday life of Indonesian people that can not be skipped. In major cities like Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya and Medan, numerous International coffee shop chains and cafes operate in shopping malls and office buildings. But the genuine coffee culture is observable on the street level.
Indonesia is one of the biggest coffee exporters in the world. The weather and land in Indonesia are very suitable to grow coffee and there are a lot of coffee farmers in Indonesia who produce high-quality coffee. There are also a lot of independent vendors who sell instant coffee in powders to make your morning easier.
Indonesia has unique ways to serve coffee that will make you wonder how they taste. Different island and region in Indonesia have different ways of serving their own coffee depending on their culture. We’re gonna discuss different ways of serving coffee in Indonesia.
- Kopi Tubruk
This is the most popular brewed coffee in the country. To make this it is best to use 3 teaspoons of ground coffee for each glass of boiling water and add 3 teaspoons of sugar. Nowadays, several big national companies produce and offer ready-made mixtures in sachet, enough for one cup of coffee. It is a tremendous success in the local market and even exported to several Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, China and Saudi Arabia.
Kopi Tubruk is actually a simple, plain brewed coffee. It only contains water and fine ground coffee beans. Some people might add palm sugar into the coffee if they prefer the coffee to be sweeter. Kopi Tubruk is one of the most popular coffee in Indonesia, consumed, and loved by a lot of coffee enthusiasts.
- Kopi Tarik
Originally from Aceh, the best way to enjoy Kopi Tarik is with Arabica coffee mixed with palm sugar. The procedure of serving this coffee is it’ll have to be mixed all together and poured repeatedly for several times using cotton strainer from different cups to another cups to extract the rich and full body characteristic of the coffee. The pulling method also believed to let the aroma smells stronger.
Unfortunately, Kopi Tarik is not as popular as Kopi Tubruk. Kopi Tarik is mostly sold in Aceh. Kopi Tarik has the ability to attract tourists and could be something to try and visit if you’re going to visit Aceh.
- Kopi Jahe (Ginger Coffee)
The carefully brewed coffee mixed with a hint of ginger and palm sugar will leave your body energised and warm all day. This traditional coffee is originally from Java and has been passed from generations to generations. It’s considered as a ‘herbal’ drink and homemade remedy for flu to strengthen the immune system in Indonesia.
- Kopi Joss
Kopi Joss might sound weird to you because while the coffee is brewed, a piece of burning charcoal will be added into the coffee, it’ll dissolve and immerse giving a unique baking taste to the coffee. The taste of the charcoal is quite striking, that’s why the name of the coffee is joss. Kopi Joss is familiar around Yogyakarta.
If you find the taste of Kopi Joss too striking, you can add some milk into your coffee to add a hint of sweetness.
- Kopi Bumbu
Kopi Bumbu is actually coffee mixed with traditional spices such as cinnamon, cardamon, palm sugar, and clove. Kopi bumbu was passed from generations to generations through the Middle Eastern’s cultural influence who immigrated to Indonesia.
- Kopi Sereh
Kopi sereh is coffee mixed with lemongrass. The purpose of lemongrass is to make the coffee smells aromatic and give more spice at the back of the throat.
Not all of the coffee will suit your taste, but one of them might be your next favourite!