ABCD – School of Coffee

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ABCD School of Coffee aims to be the humble Shaolin for coffee enthusiasts. Here, you can learn to simply brush up your coffee knowledge, to brew great coffee at home, or even to start a professional career as a barista.

Why choose ABCD School of Coffee? We give you Four Awesome Reasons:

1. WORLD-CLASS TRAINER

You will be trained by none other than Hendri Kurniawan, a.k.a. Phat Uncle, a.k.a. @kulikopi, who is a:

Certified World Barista Championship Judge for Technical
Certified World Latte Art Championship Judge for Visual and Sensory
Certified World Coffee in Good Spirits Judge for Technical and Taste
Licensed Q Grader

We challenge you to find any other man with this many accolades in the country. Hendri is also the consultant behind many successful coffee shops in Indonesia.

2. SMALL CLASS

Each class accommodates a maximum of three persons. We will still run the class even if only two students applied. Very personal, very intimate.

3. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Your learning won’t stop after you complete the classes. You will have the opportunity to be interns in our popular pop-cup coffee bar. You will have the experience of working with baristas with attitude (problems), and of serving coffee for connoiseurs, coffee-snobs, other baristas, and amateurs alike!

4. DOING GOOD

Your course fee will also contribute to the training of selected students from orphanages. Together, we will train them to become professional baristas, and we will give them a better future. These privileged graduates will be part of our family.

ABCD School of Coffee is located inside our kiosk in Pasar Santa A.L01-BKS No. 75-77, Jl. Cipaku 1, South Jakarta. The layout of our kiosk is standardized according to the Rules & Regulations of World Barista Championship.

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PROGRAMS

RECOMMENDED: ABCD CLASS
This 12-hour class, spread over 3 days, is your comprehensive barista camp. You will learn just about everything a barista needs to know: from the history of coffee, variety of beans, grinding, introduction to roasting, manual brewing, to making espressos, cappuccinos, you-name-it. This is an intensive program designed not only for baristas, but also café owners and operators. The contents of this program include all materials of A, B, C and DE1 Class.
Rp5,000,000/person. Maximum 6 persons in one class. 3 days, 4 hours each. Includes: Certificate.

A for Appreciation Class
Why coffee? How did it start? What did dancing goats have to do with it? Why is it so different and delicious now? How can it taste like berries, nuts, chocolate, or flowers?! What is a green bean? What is roasting? Why should I grind my coffee right before I want to brew it? This class will answer those questions and turn you into a coffee snob in a flash. In short, you will know everything a cool barista should.
Rp500,000/person. Maximum 10 persons in one class. 120 mins.

B for Brewing Class
“I want to brew coffee at home and impress my lover every morning.” Now, you can! This is where you will learn the meticulous art of manual brewing. How to pick the right beans, how to grind it well, and how to know the basic tools and equipments. You will also learn to brew using different methods (pourover, immersion, dripper, and such!) You’ll go out of this class as a coffee geek. Don’t be surprised if you’ll end up building your own coffee lab at home.
Prerequisite: Appreciation Class. Rp1,000,000/person. Maximum 6 persons in one class. 120 mins.

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C for Cupping Class
Cup tasters can specifically tell and address the notes of different coffee. This skill holds an important key in coffee trading. Cupping Class will train your overall sense of smell (olfactory) and taste, and help you define the flavours and notes of each cup of coffee in front of you. This introductory class to Q Grading will crown you as a coffee connoisseur.
Prerequisite: Appreciation Class. Rp1,250,000/person. Maximum 6 persons in one class. 120 mins.

DE1 for Definitive Espresso Class
Still reading? This means you’re more than in love with cappuccino or latte. You want to make one for yourself, but you wonder how. It all seems complicated and difficult. Don’t worry, it’s not that hard. In two days, you will be able to pull a good espresso shot, steam the milk, serve a cup of cappuccino, latte, piccolo, or magic! After this class, all you need is an apron to call yourself a barista. (Oh, and some cool tattoos on your hands.)
Prerequisite: Appreciation Class. Rp3,250,000/person. Maximum 6 persons in one class. 2×240 mins.

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Learn from the expert in a small, semi-private class. Get the fun working experience. And take part in giving a better future to the underprivileged.

For Classes Schedule and Registrations, please email: abcd.courses@gmail.com

ABCD School of Coffee is located in Jl. RP Soeroso no. 22, Gondangdia, Central Jakarta.

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#ngopidipasar Coffee No Kiasu – Sat & Sun, July 19-20

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You kno’, Uncle Ve just came back from Orchard Road, lor. He go to many, many coffee shops, he go drink coffee too much, lah.

He go buy good good beans from friends he got there, lah. He bring coffee from Nylon, Strangers Reunion and Common Man to pasar this weekend. So, you come, lah, and try these coffee. They come all the way from Colombia, from Brazil (oh, poor Brazil in football, no?), from Rwanda, from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia also. They make nice espresso and filtered coffee, lor!

You don’t come, you miss a lot, eh? Because I tell you why. Next weekend we close. Yes, next weekend July 26-27 you go all pulang kampong, lah. So, this weekend we ngopidipasar, OK? This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, you come to Ay-Bee-See-Dee in Pasar Santa, orite? We open to make you good good coffee from 3 pm until 9 pm or until we blur, lah.

We got expensive beans for you. Singapo’ Dollar so high lah these days. These coffee no kiasu, and so are you. So, don’t be cheapo with your tip, ok? We need to pay electric bills also, lah! Thank you, thank you. Uncle trust you generous.

#coffee4kids Charity Brew for the Kids of Pasar Santa – Our Gratitudes!

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Last weekend our humble abode was flooded with good will and generosity. Our gratitudes to beloved friends who participate in Charity Brew: Coffee for Kids #coffee4kids – where we brew and serve coffee to collect money to give Lebaran / Hari Raya goodie bags to the children of the sellers and tenants in Pasar Santa.

The event was supported by Orkide & Coffee Adorers who supplied the magnificent beans. This neighbour of ours roasted Simalungun Silimakuta Tiga Raja Peaberry for espresso. As the label mentioned, these triple picked screen 17 peaberries coming from the district of Simalungun, sub-district Silimakuta, North Sumatera. The carefully selected beans are grown up on 1,400-1,600 meters above sea level (masl.), and washed wet hulled at Tiga Raja mill on 1,460 masl. Beans for filtered coffee came from the Middle Mountain of district of Dogiyal, up on 1,600 masl. in Papua. Papua Dogiyai Modio beans are also lovingly known as Mace coffee as an homage to women who grow and take care of the coffee.

Once again, premiere soy milk Bonsoy also supported us. Our patrons were really spoiled with some crazy good cups of soy cappuccino they might not get anywhere else in Jakarta. Honestly, we will be more than joyful if every coffee shop in Jakarta could provide Bonsoy as well. Bonsoy makes drastic difference!

Our friend Raynia a.k.a. @sepotongkue did not only bring cheerful mini fruit choux, but also managed to bring along Puput – the Top 8 Contestant of the First Junior MasterChef Indonesia – who baked Red Velvet Cupcakes for our Charity Brew. Meanwhile, the popular Honestly Muesli also brought Overnight Oats and Granola Bars to add the joy in the evening. Celebrity food blogger Natasha V.L. completed the “dining table” with her homebaked quiches.

Inside the kiosk, our B.A.P.s – Baristas with Attitude (Problems)™ – namely Cecil, Izman, plus Til also gained great help from fellow baristas and brewers. We had faithful friends Joni, Lydia, and Ken, and we have Team Tanamera in the house, too! Besides Mr. Ade Ivan – the Certified World Barista Championship Cup Washers and Purchasing Manager* – there were Aga, Wahyu, Wahid, and Audy, too! What a bunch of jumpy people!

abcd_blog_image_031We managed to collect a sum of Rp3,679,000 from that night alone. The following night – which was not planned as a Charity Brew event – Honestly Muesli contributed another Rp190,000. Four friends who could not make it to the event still transferred a total amount of Rp1,250,000 – many, many thanks! So, in total we collected Rp5,119,000.

We handed the amount to Fetty Pratiwi who will conduct an event for the kids of Pasar Santa this Saturday, July 19, 2014. Fetty will gather up to 40 kids in a storytelling and drawing activity, and will hand out the Charity Brew goodie bags. This event will take place around our kiosk. So, come along to #ngopidipasar this Saturday in our Coffee No Kiasu weekend, and witness how your own generosity has drawn smiles to the children of Pasar Santa.

Charity Brew – #Coffee4Kids

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How to make a cup of coffee taste better? By adding goodwill into it.

Hari Raya is coming and we want to give goodie bags to around 40 children of the sellers and tenants of Pasar Santa. On Saturday, July 12, 3-9 PM we will brew for charity. The coffee comes from our dear neighbour Orkide Coffee & Adorer, a humble nano-roaster that does not compromise with quality. We will have mini fruit choux and other food as well – all contributed by kindhearted friends.

Everything we serve in our pop-up coffee bar will be on “pay as you like” basis. Be extra generous with your tip as everything will go for the children of Pasar Santa – The Real #AnakPasar – for them to celebrate Hari Raya.

Even our baristas will try their best to adjust their attitude. (Yup, once in a year they actually can be good kids.)

See you in our #ngopidipasar Pop-Up Coffee Bar, Pasar Santa, Level 1, Block AL.01-BKS No. 75-77, Jl. Cipaku I, South Jakarta, Saturday, July 12, from 3 to 9 PM.

A Weekend of Spontaneous Collaboration

Josh serving his signature Shaken Cold Brew.

Josh serving his signature Shaken Cold Brew.

Once again, we’ve had a great weekend with fellow coffee enthusiasts in Jakarta. We witnessed how our humble kiosk has brought us to many new collaborations.

On Saturday, July 5, Josh Estey, the Daddy of Bear&Co. Pop-Up Coffee Bike, became our Guest Brewer. He brought his awesome custom-built bike to our kiosk, and a tank of cold brew. His signature cold brew was shaken for 45 seconds, creating a foam on the top. It almost looked like a cold stout instead! His cold brew was a big hit.

Moreover, Josh performed his hidden magic skills. He charmed us by juggling a crystal-clear ball with his hands. Meanwhile, his kickass wife Dian and their children Diva, Xenia and Nic also came by bringing free homemade apple crumble for all. They also brought the cool Bear&Co. jerseys to sell. The lovely Esteys truly added strength to the family-bond we always felt in the pasar.

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Overwhelming love and enthusiasm for some good coffee!

The Bruna Blend with Bonsoy created a very delicious Soy Cappuccino.

The Bruna Blend with Bonsoy created a very delicious Soy Cappuccino.

Another unpredictable surprise was the visit of our friend Til from Bonsoy Indonesia. Yes, Bonsoy the magical soy milk! Til, a.k.a. @eetil on Instagram, also became our Guest Barista. Coffee lovers were spoiled by the loveliest Soy Cappuccinos ever! (Oh, if you’re wondering how a Soy Cappuccino could taste good, you should really try using Bonsoy. Bonsoy changes e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!) Please give a five to @BonsoyID on Instagram, too. We are so damn proud to collaborate with Til and Bonsoy!

We brought 500 gr of Bruna Espresso Blend by Roots Bangkok for our first edition of Bangkok Dangerous, and they were finished to the very last bean. Our place went really crowded at the Buka Puasa (breaking the fast) hour, and we were overwhelmed by the love and enthusiasm for coffee shown by our friends. We even ended up running out of water and milk! Luckily, we ran out of them right on the time we planned to roll down the doors.

Til from Bonsoy Indonesia as our Guest Barista.

Til from Bonsoy Indonesia as our Guest Barista.

On Sunday, July 6, we were scheduled to open at 3pm. Yet, first couple of friends already showed up at 1.30pm! They were none other than Movie Geek Rusli “Sly” Eddy and his friend Edwin. Old friends Adinda Simandjuntak and her husband Edwin – the director of award-winning The Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly quickly joined us with their cute little boy Jiri. Soon, we have more friends coming by, including the beloved Honestly Muesli (@honestlymuesli on Instagram).

The day went rather slow as the rain fell quite hard. Our Baristas With Attitude (Problems)™ had a relaxing and quiet day at the pasar, finishing Ceresia Coffee Roaster‘s Colombia Finca La Falda, and trying out Mecca Espresso‘s Darkhorse Blend, and Coffee Alchemy’s Goodness Galileo. Yet, at around 7.30pm, coffee enthusiasts returned to flock. We finally wrapped up the weekend with a cheerful bunch of friends.

Also blessing our weekend were Fruit Choux-es by @sepotongkue (on Instagram). At Rp7,500 only, this piece of heaven made a great companion for the coffee we serve.

Heavenly Fruit Choux!

Heavenly Fruit Choux!

These are collaborations made not out of business meetings but some blending of passions and friendships. In the name of Coffee, we say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

SYDNEYSIDERSUNDAY – 1st Edition

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This Sunday we bring Sydney to the pasar!

Excellent Mecca Espresso’s Darkhorse blend will be on the hopper for espresso-based beverages. The notes are berry, jasmine and choc chip cookies. We’d say your piccolo would taste like Oreo.

Meanwhile, we will also mischievously brew Coffee Alchemy’s Goodness Galileo blend on our Hario V60 pourover. It is a gentle drink with beautiful floral notes and very clean finish.

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We will open the bar starting from 3pm until 9pm this Sunday, July 6, 2014. We’ll have some snacks to share as well. Generally, we have no fixed price for the coffee. We will brew your coffee as best as we can, and you can fill up our Red Tip Jar as generous as you can be.

Find us inside Pasar Santa, Jl. Cipaku I, South Jakarta. Let’s close this crazy week, and welcome the coming Election Week with some great cups of coffee!

Bangkok Dangerous – 1st Edition

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Come this Saturday, July 5, to taste selected beans from our friends in Bangkok!

We’ve got the famous Bruna Espresso Blend from Roots Coffee Roaster – a blend of 40% Brazil, 40% Thai, and 20% Guatemala. The beans promised to be nutty and citrus overtone in aroma, with sweet and balanced flavour, and silky smooth mouthfeel.

On brew bar, we’re featuring beans from Colombia Finca La Falda roasted by Ceresia Coffee Roasters. The complex flavour is dominated with prune and raspberry tone, ended with a pleasant aftertaste.

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And, besides our gang of Baristas With Attitude (Problems)*, we will have a guest brewer who is none other than Mr. Josh Estey from the sensational Bear&Co. Pop-Up Coffee Bike! Yes, that fun, white guy who pops up on Jakarta’s Car Free Day only to serve fresh and delicious coffee from the tail of his cool bike. He’s gonna be selling his signature Bear&Co Cold Brew and merchandises as well.

Our coffee bar will pop-up for public on Saturday, July 5, starting from 3pm until 9pm. Come by, bring some friends, and let’s #ngopidipasar.

NOTE: For those who wish to continue breaking their fast with some heavy dinner in and around Pasar Santa … don’t worry! There’s the famous Sate Padang Aji Ramon, Koko Bogana restaurant, Bakmi Boy, Nasi Bakar in the food court, and more!

*Cecil, Izman, Hendri, and Ve.