#CoffeeForMom – Our Charity Brew

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Last month – before this blog was even born! – we popped-up our coffee bar for charity. The mother of a barista who’s a close friend to us was falling sick and hospitalized. So, we aptly called this program #CoffeeForMom.

Back then, a roasting class held by Master Roaster Manuel Diaz from Mexico was taking place in Kelapa Gading. The event was held by Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia (SCAI). The class roasted a lot of Bali Kintamani beans. SCAI was kind enough to donate so many bags of roasted beans from that class, and we used them in this charity. We sold the best roasts in bags, and we brew the rest in our humble abode. We sold out all the bags in a flash. Everything went for this charity.

This Lego coffee-tray was among the auction items for #CoffeeForMom.

This Lego coffee-tray was among the auction items for #CoffeeForMom.

Meanwhile, our other friends also gave a lot of cool stuff for some online auction – from Lego bow-tie to a branded bag! During the pop-up, so many came and fill our infamous Red Tip Jar that surely went for the medication of our mother’s friend as well.

It’s overwhelming to witness how real friendships were proven in real acts. In result, we collected Rp8,625,000. From the very bottom of our hearts, we thank all who had participated in this charity event. We have proved together that goodness exists, even in the darkest colour of coffee.

Manual Brewing Classes in Kopiku Duniaku Seminar & Exhibition

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Yesterday, our small team was invited to conduct two manual brewing classes in an event held by the Ministry of Industry; a seminar and exhibition titled Kopiku Duniaku (My Coffee My World).

Head honcho Hendri had to create a presentation module overnight. He might be bright in coffee-stuff, but for composing a series of presentation slides using PowerPoint he had to beg for assistance from his two boys. Finally he managed to create something he aptly named The ABCD of Brewing Coffee.

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Two classes were held, and each was attended by 30 people, lasted for an hour. The presentation covered how to choose your beans, how to store them, basic equipments needed for manual brewing, basic techniques, and so on. Our protégé Ve had the opportunity to show off his AeroPress styles to the crowds.

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So, yes, we do classes as well, and we are ready to train. If you feel like to hold similar classes, do Contact Us  Here. We’ll be glad to share, as always.

Weekend with World Barista Championship Coffee

On Saturday, June 21, rain fell quite heavily just minutes after we rolled up our door. Friends who wanted to enjoy our loot from World Barista Championship 2014 told us that they were stuck because of the rain. We – Caecil, Izman, Ve, and Hendri – were worried that the day would went slow. Nevertheless, the very second after the rain stopped, our loyal friends came around, one by one, and finally it’s a big party.

Izman and Caecil took turns working our Rocket machine to make cups of cappuccino, latte, magic, piccolo, and macchiato. Ve almost could not stop grinding manually using his Porlex Mini Grinder to brew some Bali Kintamani, Columbia San Agustin, and Ethiopian beans. There were bananas, and local snacks to enjoy together, too.

Mr. Ade Ivan and Kirun lent their hands doing the dishes and taking orders. They were our most loyal volunteers. Mr. Ade Ivan is proud to be called World Barista Championship Certified Janitor. He has the perfect look and style.

Our dear friend Mr. Ade Ivan helps serving cappuccino for coffee buddies.

Our dear friend Mr. Ade Ivan helps serving cappuccino for coffee buddies.

Izman religiously pouring a latte art on a cappuccino.

Izman religiously pouring a latte art on a cappuccino.

Caecil pulling two shots of Ugandan espresso from our Rocket, while Ve brewing Bali Kintamani beans on V60.

Caecil pulling two shots of Ugandan espresso from our Rocket, while Ve brewing Bali Kintamani beans on V60.

Our little buddies, Stella and Athalla, posing before finishing their Green Tea Latte and Hot Valrhona Chocolate with Marshmallow.

Our little buddies, Stella and Athalla, posing before finishing their Green Tea Latte and Hot Valrhona Chocolate with Marshmallow.

We called it a day at 7pm as Ve and Caecil felt beat-up already, and Izman had to leave for his actual job since 3pm. Our last friends who came by were the Rangkotos; Agnes and Ade, and their lovely son Athalla, and Athalla’s cousin Stella.

Chapter Two of Championship Coffee Weekend started slow, yet it did not mean nothing exciting happened.

Chapter Two of Championship Coffee Weekend started slow, yet it did not mean nothing exciting happened.

The second day of Championship Coffee Weekend, a scorching June 22 afternoon, started rather slow. Jakarta was celebrating her birthday, and there was a festival in The Old Town, plus a huge, huge, huge rally to support the Presidential candidate, Joko Widodo, in Monas. Again, we kinda thought that it was gonna be just a relaxing day in our pop-up coffee bar.

Yet, friends came to hang out with us, play some silly games, and tasted coffee from Guatemala, Uganda, Australia, and Ethiopia. The Baquelito Guatemala No. 1 was used by Barista Champion from Greece, Christos Loukakis, in World Barista Championship 2014, and brought him to win 3rd Place. He was also World Latte Art Champion in 2011, and 3rd Place Champion in World Brewers Cup Championship 2012.

Besides boasting championship coffee, our rabbit hole had spacious room for nano-roasters. Our lovely friend Lidya Japar Halim came by with Sunda Arumanis beans that she roasted herself, then brewed them on V60 for us all.

Our neighbours, and our friend Lidya with the beans she roasted herself, ready to brew.

Our neighbours, and our friend Lidya with the beans she roasted herself, ready to brew.

But the real treat was an impromptu visit of Yoshua Tanu – Indonesian Barista Champion 2014 who just got back from competing in World Barista Championship 2014! His visit really made our Championship Coffee Weekend came to a full circle. And, yes … we asked him to do the dishes, too.

Indonesian Champion Barista 2014 - YOSHUA TANU - had to beg to us for a chance to show off his skill behind our humble bar, and he ended up doing the dishes instead. Kidding.

Indonesian Champion Barista 2014 – YOSHUA TANU – had to beg to us for a chance to show off his skill behind our humble bar, and he ended up doing the dishes instead. Kidding.

That’s all for this weekend, Buddies. Yes, we don’t have any pop-up coffee bar activity next weekend because it will be the beginning of the fasting month. But, we have plans for next weekend, and also finalizing our moduls for barista course. Wait for our announcement, please. We will let you know detailed information about private and semi-private barista course with Hendri Kurniawan (World Barista Championship – Technical Judge, World Latte Art Championship – Visual and Technical Judge, World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship – Taste and Technical Judge – GEEZ! HE HAS MORE TITLES THAN DAENERYS TARGARYEN!)

Championship Coffee Weekend

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Coffee Buddies,

Our own Phat Uncle, a.k.a. @kulikopi, a.k.a. Hendri Kurniawan just got home from his mission as one of the judges in World Championship Barista 2014 (WBC 2014) in Rimini, Italy. And, guess what he brought back to our humble abode in Pasar Santa? No, not just coffee. It’s a bunch of championship coffee. Coffee used by the barista champions! The highly, carefully selected beans that compete in the world stage! And, now … those beans will be available for us all in ABCD, Pasar Santa, this weekend. A truly rare opportunity for the geekiest coffee junkies!

So, here are the schedule and menu for our Pop-Up Coffee Bar this weekend:

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As usual: we brew as good as we can, and you fill up the Red Tip Jar as generous as you can.

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