The Ever Expanding Family of ABCD School of Coffee

Phat Uncle Hendri Kurniawan monitors Otniel as he is learning to pull a shot of espresso in our ABCD Class.

Phat Uncle Hendri Kurniawan monitors Otniel as he is learning to pull a shot of espresso in our ABCD Class.

Our tiny place – a mere 2×6 sqm. hole-in-the-wall – is expanding. Not (yet) physically – as kiosks in the first floor of Pasar Santa are all occupied now! – but rather socially. It is our ABCD School of Coffee that makes it possible to happen.

We are happy to see a great respond to our classes. Our ABCD Class – the one that shares all things coffee from zero to cappuccino – is on high demand. We need to hold additional classes almost every week. Hendri “Phat Uncle” Kurniawan happily spends his weekdays in the classroom from nine in the morning until ten in the evening, sharing his skills and knowledges to enthusiasts. Adding to that, Angry Brewer Ve Handojo also had been given a chance by Club Kembang to share his passion for coffee in a class filled with a dozen coffee lovers.

The intimate scale of our classes - a maximum of three participants! - creates a huge, casual space for discussion.

The intimate scale of our classes – a maximum of three participants! – creates a huge, casual space for discussion.

Who actually come to join our classes?

Some of them want to be baristas. Some of them are café owners or operators. Some of them plan to start a coffee shop. Yet, so many of them actually sign up to merely learn about coffee without business agenda. There was even a self-proclaimed non-coffee drinker who attended the class just for curiosity’s sake! Yet, she ended up drinking lots of coffee, became our coffee smuggler, and now is laying her eyes for Kees van der Westen’s Speedster!

Among our greatest joys is witnessing the facial expression of those who just sipped their very first espresso that they made themselves!

Among our greatest joys is witnessing the facial expression of those who just sipped their very first espresso that they made themselves!

Of course, we are happy to see our clases fully booked until two months ahead. But the happiness comes not from the generated revenue. We are more excited to meet new people in an intimate class. People with the same cravings and passions with us. People with whom we can actually connect. And, our small scale classes allow the connection to go deeper. At the end of the day, there are no students, there are no teachers in our classes. We all have become an extended family.

Cas, Rey, and Belinda. They are not our students. They are a part of our extended family!

Cas, Rey, and Belinda. They are not our students. They are a part of our extended family!

In this hole-in-the-wall passions are collided, ideas are exploded, and new possibilities are explored way beyond the brick walls. We are amazed how small scale classes can actually make this happen! Expect new things coming from our humble kiosk in the near future! Talented baristas are being born, new ventures are on the way, and more, and more dots will be connected.

Cecile - The Barista With Attitude! - happily supervises Stef and Sonia who were interning in our pop-up event.

Cecile – The Barista With Attitude! – happily supervises Stef and Sonia who were interning in our pop-up event.

Otniel and Richard interning in one of our pop-up events. They worked together in our manual brew station.

Otniel and Richard interning in one of our pop-up events. They worked together in our manual brew station.

So, whoever you are – as long as you have unquenchable thirst over more, and more caffeine! – we invite you to join ABCD School of Coffee. We invite you to discover more than just the knowledge about coffee. We invite you to learn more than just making espresso and latte. We invite you to think about more than just opening coffee shops or other commercial ventures.

We invite you to find a family of your choice. Phat Uncle himself always says: Coffee is a medium through which we can do bigger things. Let’s learn together to use coffee to make more than just a cup of fancy drink.

If you need to know further information on ABCD School of Coffee please send an email to abcd.courses@gmail.com

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