#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.

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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!”