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    The Coffee Hunter

      1-4-2017
     

    The Coffee Hunter

    Warung Kopi Purnama

    The Coffee Hunter

    Warung Kopi Purnama

    The Coffee Hunter

    Noah's Barn

    The Coffee Hunter

    Noah's Barn

    The Coffee Hunter

    Mimiti Coffee & Space
    The Coffee Hunter
    Warung Kopi Purnama

    The Coffee Hunter
    Warung Kopi Purnama

    The Coffee Hunter
    Noah's Barn

    The Coffee Hunter
    Noah's Barn

    The Coffee Hunter
    Mimiti Coffee & Space

    Our contributor Gino Andrias went coffee-hopping in Bandung...

    Led by Mayor Ridwan Kamil, Bandung (the capital city of West Java) is very well manicured with thought-out landscapes and infrastructures. The city is studded with thematic parks, while start-up businesses developed by youngsters are growing rapidly. Known as a creative town in Indonesia, the city has become the benchmark of youth creativities, including the blossoming coffee shops that attracted me on my last visit to Bandung. So, sit back, brew a cup of your favorite drink, and join me on my “coffee” adventure...

    From the 1930s
    The history of Warung Kopi Purnama goes back to the 1930’s when it was first established by a family of Chinese migrants from Medan in Sumatera. Its original name was Chang Chong Se which means “have a try”, but due to a government regulation in the ‘60’s that stated all names to be changed into Indonesian, it turned into Warung Kopi Purnama.

    Up to this day, Purnama still holds its ground as a strong family business, run by the third and fourth generation of the family. With tinted glass windows, beige-colored walls and high ceilings, this place is more than just a survivor from the colonial era. Purnama has become a heritage site serving comfort foods with flavors very much inspired by the Dutch colonials and the Chinese Peranakan.

    Classic delicacies are offered. My favorite was the Kaya toast, a fluffy toasted bread with homemade Srikaya jam. Pair it with a cup of black coffee, and you can taste the bitterness of the coffee balances the sweetness of the Kaya jam. Another favorite was Bakcang (gluttonous rice filled with marinated shredded chicken) served with broth, nutmeg chips and sliced cucumber which is perfect for breakfast. They also serve the Dutch-inspired Roti Dadar Sosis (rolled bread with omelet and sausage).

    Whatever dish you’re having here, don’t forget to pair it with a cup of coffee. The house uses local coffee beans and usually serves them with some condensed milk to balance the flavor.

    Warung Kopi Purnama
    Jalan Alkateri No. 22, Bandung
    (022) 4201-841

    The Coffee Barn
    A chic Dutch-influenced place – that is how I describe Noah’s Barn. Founded by the dynamic duo of Guido Mariotti and Henky Suhendro, Noah’s Barn first opened on Jalan Garuda – which is also their main shop – and now they have spread their wings by opening their second branch on Jalan Dayang Sumbi.

    The one on Jalan Garuda is slightly smaller than the second branch. The space has a chic style and warm ambiance with soft lighting and long communal tables to encourage guests to interact with each other – at least that’s what I believe. Numerous bags of the finest international coffee beans are on display for sale on their white washed brick walls. Two massive marble tables are used for their baristas, while the menu of their coffee is written on the wall with chalk.

    I decided to hit the Espresso Bar and ordered an Affogato, a cup of their finest Arabica topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The sweetness of the ice cream perfectly balanced the bitterness of the coffee without overpowering each other. But if you’re up for some ice coffee, the Ice Latte Bailey’s is recommended – a towering glass of ice latte coffee with some Bailey’s cream is a true winner.

    A slice of Carrot Cake is a great companion to your coffee – the cake is soft and creamy with a perfect combination of raisins. Noah’s Barn also offers affordable food, from fried rice to mac and cheese.

    Noah’s Barn
    Jalan Garuda 39, Bandung
    (022) 601-3215

    My Coffee Space
    The new chic Mimiti Coffee & Space ticks all the boxes as one of the trendiest places in town. A clean-cut yet spacious front garden decorated with pebbled path and a pair of mini fountains welcome guests. The seating area is designed with polished concrete and fossilized woods while the staffs are dressed in urban brand tees. The place easily wins the hearts of the hipsters.

    The coffee is pretty unique as they highlight Brazilian coffee house blend that has a slightly sour character. From all the selections of coffee beverages on the menu, I chose the most distinctive one, the Ice Coconut Coffee. The blend of fresh coconut mixed with ice coffee gives a refreshing taste yet still delivers that caffeine kick. This drink is best paired with a cinnamon roll with icing sugar or a Quiche Lorraine filled with thinly-sliced ham and mushrooms.

    The coffee shop opens daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., making it the perfect spot for the early birds to swing by and grab a cup of coffee on the way to their offi ce. The space is also comfortable for the creative minds to work with their laptops – if you are one of these people, take a seat at one of the corners with a glass roof. The view of the swaying trees will inspire you.

    Mimiti Coffee & Space is also eco-friendly as it is built around big old trees without chopping them down during the construction. It is a friendly approach to mother earth that deserves four thumbs up. It has an indoor area with fl oor-to-ceiling glass windows to connect guests with the nature outside. The space also has a retail corner showcasing some of the trendiest urban brands such as Bathing Ape, Supreme and WXG Limited.

    Mimiti Coffee & Space
    Jalan Karangsari No. 1, Setiabudi, Bandung
    0813-2136-0798

     

     
    Gino Andrias

       Contributor : Gino Andrias


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