The aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the noise of an espresso machine filled Cupable café on a cloudy Tuesday morning. Located on Jl. Kaliurang in Yogyakarta, the café is so small that the customers can hear the sound of potatoes being fried in the kitchen.
Eko Sugeng, the barista in charge that day, carefully poured milk into a cup of hot coffee he was making. His attention sometimes went to the kitchen to ensure that his French fries were not overdone.
Instead of waiting at the table, a customer was leaning toward the espresso machine to see how the barista was making her hot cappuccino. For her, the way Eko operated the coffee machine was worth watching.