Indonesian Coffee Shops Tempt Customers With Mix of Local, Foreign Beans

Indonesia is a top coffee producer with numerous varieties that reflect its cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and geographical complexity. Domestic purveyors are creating new brews to attract customers, taking advantage of the abundance of homegrown arabica, robusta, and liberica coffee beans. The country’s Geographical Indication label certifies the quality and origin of local products, but there are more than 300 coffee types in Indonesia.

Kopi Titik Koma, a coffee shop chain based in Surabaya, has over 50 stores in over 20 Indonesian cities, mainly on Java Island. Its iced milk coffee with palm sugar, known locally as kopi susu gula aren, comes with two variants of espresso shots and costs 29,000 rupiah ($1.90) per cup. The brand also offers latte and americano, as well as coffee and non-coffee drinks using different blends, some with imported beans.

The nation is forecast to be the world’s fourth-biggest coffee producer in 2023-2024 after Brazil, Vietnam, and Colombia. However, unfavorable weather has dented production, with excessive rain during cherry development lowering yields and causing sub-optimal conditions for pollination in the lowland areas of southern Sumatra and Java.

Koultoura Coffee, another chain aiming to popularize Indonesian brews, has two cafes in Jakarta. Launched in 2013 and rebranded this year, it offers black and milk-based coffee using a blend of West Javan and Ethiopian beans, but also has a lighter option of Brazilian and El Salvadoran beans. It also sells cans of flavored coffee.

Both Titik Koma and Koultoura are setting their sights on the international market, with Andrian Harjanto stating that Indonesian coffee chains should be able to make it abroad. He plans to supply coffee beans to its Bali-established sister company Dough Darlings, which offers artisanal donuts and is set to expand to Singapore next year.

For Titik Koma, Andrew wants to open more stores in Indonesia’s capital, although his team does not “target by numbers.” For Koultoura, CEO Andrian aims to open “two to three” new cafes, most likely in Jakarta by next year, and set up kiosks inside office towers and booths.

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