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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)