ABCD School of Coffee X SOS Children’s Villages + Toffin Product

LatteArtBandit™ Izman is monitoring Nina as she is learning to tamp. Dayat and Ilham observe.

LatteArtBandit™ Izman is monitoring Nina as she is learning to tamp. Dayat and Ilham observe.

December 17-19, 2014 were important dates for us. ABCD Class Batch 018 was held, and the participants were Nina, Dayat, Nugie, and the 16-years-old Ilham. They were the youngsters from S.O.S. Children’s Villages, or Desa Taruna – an international NGO to protect and to meet the needs of children all across the globe. Ilham and Nina came from Desa Taruna in Lembang, while Nugie and Dayat came from Desa Taruna in Cibubur.

The objective of ABCD School of Coffee has always been to breed more, and more young and talented baristas. Most of the participants of our classes – who immediately become members of ABCDEF (ABCD Extended Family) – are actually owners of coffee shop, or willing to open one. So, how should we generate new baristas if everybody wants to run the coffee shops?

16-yo Ilham looks like a professional Q Grader as he is learning about Cupping.

16-yo Ilham looks like a professional Q Grader as he is learning about Cupping.

Phat Uncle Hendri Kurniawan has been long eyeing to do something with S.O.S. Children’s Villages. Long before we made contact with this honorable institution, Phat Uncle has been studying their mission and programs. It was only natural that when we started ABCD School of Coffee last August 2014 he initiated AngryBrewer™ Ve Handojo to send the first email to S.O.S. Children’s Villages.

After a series of email correspondence, and a visit to S.O.S. Children’s Villages in Tabanan, Bali and Lembang, Bandung, we finally executed this plan. Starting December 2014 we want to commit four seats in ABCD Class every month for the children raised in and/or supported by S.O.S. Children’s Villages.

The first batch was a great experience for us all. Apparently Nina – who is completing her study as a pastry chef! – has a very “expensive” taste. She could not bear sipping low, commercial grade coffee, but she does enjoy gulping Think Tank’s Ethiopia Nekisse N2! And, the young Ilham was so talented he could already formed a heart shaped on a cup of cappuccino the first day he learned how to steam and pour the milk!

Thank you, Toffin Product!

Thank you, Toffin Product!

We believe that it was not a coincidence that at the same day we finished this ABCD Class Batch 018 for Nina, Ilham, Nugie and Dayat, some new toys arrived to occupy our new classroom in Pasar Santa 2nd floor, Room G. Our friends in Toffin Product have decided to show full and generous support for our programs. They have sent and placed not less than three espresso machines, and six sets of Hario manual brewing equipments! Two more espresso machines are on their way!

This is why we believe that blessings should be kept flowing. Never keep them for our own’s sake. Let them flow.

Left to Right: Nugie, Dayat, Nina, Ilham, Phat Uncle, and Mr. Roby from S.O.S. Children's Village.

Left to Right: Nugie, Dayat, Nina, Ilham, Phat Uncle, and Mr. Roby from S.O.S. Children’s Village.

After completing the 3-day ABCD Class, Nugie displayed his manual brewing skills in Goethe Haus on December 21, 2014 in an event to commemorate the tsunami disaster in Aceh in 2004. Nugie fluently explained the basic principles of manual brewing to his audience.

After completing the 3-day ABCD Class, Nugie displayed his manual brewing skills in Goethe Haus on December 21, 2014 in an event to commemorate the tsunami disaster in Aceh in 2004. Nugie fluently explained the basic principles of manual brewing to his audience.

From the very bottom of our hearts we want to express our huge gratitudes to Toffin Product for this huge support. And, we owe it so much to S.O.S. Children’s Villages who have been very committed in carrying their missions to protect and to meet the needs of children in Indonesia. It is such a big honour for us to work hand-in-hand with S.O.S. Children’s Villages to equip those who have been under their care with barista skills.

To learn more about ABCD School of Coffee programs, please click here.

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!”