To continue the journey in recognizing the richness of Indonesian coffee produces, I came across into a hole-in-the-wall coffee place in Yogyakarta city which serves genuine Kopi Luwak.
I learnt about this place from a tiny ad they placed in Jogja Ad, a free weekly advertorial happening tabloid. It is called Civet Coffee. Both of us, the so-called coffee aficionados could not wait to find perfect time to visit them. After lunch, we went straight to Jalan Prawirotaman, a similar back-packer street like Jalan Jaksa in Jakarta. The café opened back in January 2008. They serve various café dishes and drinks other than the Kopi Luwak, but they advertise themselves as serving freshly grinded coffee.
Civet offers medium and dark roasted, which they did in-house. Their coffee came from both Lampung in South Sumatra and Sampit in West Kalimantan, where the owner has coffee plantations. According to the baristas, they send out fresh beans, as well as the roasted ones to their clients in Europe and Canada, also to one of their business partner’s café in Kuta, Bali. If you are interested to order, it will come in a packet of 450grams, which they can send immediately. For 450grams, it will make approximately 36 cups of coffee.
In their serving, they put the freshly grinded coffee in a plunger of hot water, together with stroopwafel. As the name implies, stroopwafel is an old-style Dutch biscuit, sweet with a tinge of cinnamon taste in it. A complimentary taste to the strong black coffee flavour.
The difference between medium and dark roasted versions is the smoothness of taste and its strength. I guess it is a personal choice. I love the strength taste of espresso, thus opted for the dark one. Whereby, my son chose the medium roast. Both of us drank it black without sugar.
Personally, comparing to the one served in Kopi Luwak Café in Semarang, I would choose for Civet Coffee produce. It has more body and aroma, also the flavor is stronger. So is it worth the price of 95thousands Rupiah per cup? Definitely! I felt totally contend and refreshed.
Read more about the unique background and other real (read ‘serious’) coffee reviews about Kopi as written by Chris Rubin in the next posting, not just from a coffee taster like me.
Overall, Kopi Luwak as served in Civet Coffee Café is definitely worth the trip. I hope my fellow Indonesians can appreciate more of its coffee produces, not necessarily the rare Kopi Luwak, but also the other beautiful varieties from all over the country. This hopefully, will encourage the coffee farmers to cultivate more home-grown coffee and also bring down the prices so that it can be readily enjoyed and sold at a more affordable prices to its end consumers domestically.
Jalan Prawirotaman 14
Phone: +62 274 304 6252