I once made my list of the best coffee shops in Jakarta, and almost too ashamed to admit that due to the amateur writing and photography skill it’s almost criminal. The post was made in 2013, back then I often use the term “the best” to a list that was technically covers all coffee shops in Jakarta, so it’s not best-best, but this boy right here is all grown up, has his mind and sense opened to the F&B scene (in a way better educated by experience), is realizing that Starbucks’ coffee is not the best best (I always go for the fraps nowadays), and is now taking better pictures! So I guess this post should be the more reliable one.
I am an avid fan of coffee, and coffee is just like xanax for some, metaphorically my drug. I honestly don’t think that coffee keeps me awake or more energized, it might be for some people, but I honestly love coffee because it keeps me happy and I love drinking it, that’s the most honest answer. None of that crappy “oh I feel like my life is 180 degree different after I drink coffee and I feel fucking lucky”.
This list is created based on my experience. I know some of you might start thinking “who the hell is he dare enough to claim these the best”, “is he a fucking coffee master?”, well I clearly have the voice as an individual, as simple as that. If you don’t like this list then it’s really up to you and you can always go and suck a dick.
So here you go guys, the TOP 10 BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN JAKARTA, this is not a ranking order, I compile the list based on alphabetical order. I am friends with so many coffee shops owner in Jakarta or at least know them personally, I could easily make the TOP 20, but I really want to include the best of the best so I decide to go with 10, and plus if I make the TOP 20 I would be a little insincere. My honesty might affect my friendship towards the business owners, but that’s the least of my worries, and since I visit this these coffee shops quite continuously, if I encounter better ones in the future, unfortunately I might have to “eliminate” my least favorite at that moment, it’s a tough tough call.
I have been a loyal fan of Yoshua Tanu, Daryanto and Aston for quite some time, because every coffee shop opened by these people are always awesome (may Pandava rest in peace). Not only famous for their beautiful coffee, Common Grounds is also one of my all time favorite all-day breakfast cafes. Their food is amazing and honestly, never have I had any issue with their food.
What to order: Uncle Phil Fried Chicken/Breakfast Burrito/Eggs Benedict with extra truffle oil + Iced Latte (I usually go with the Dama almond milk)
Crematology Coffee Roasters
I love Crematology for various reasons, their Senopati branch is probably the coffee shop that I personally visit the most in my life, especially on the weekdays where it’s a bit more quiet and I love how I can just be lonely and do my works while everyone is really minding their own business, it’s the coziest in their own way. Sometimes I find their coffee just a little watery, but mostly they made it spot on with their house blend, but it really is the ambiance that makes me love this coffee shop very much.
It’s not often that you find a coffee shops that sells good food, their buttermilk waffle is all fragrant and bomb, but their pesto pasta that caught my attention the most.
Djule Koffie is another brainchild from the same owner who owns Ombe Koffie. I would love to add in Ombe to my list, it’s an amazing establishment, but I decide to put Djule instead due to some qualifications: larger and better location and the fact that they actually let me have the classic iced cappuccino (not the ones in the bottle) and everytime I revisit Djule they all know what I want without me asking *love*. The character of Djule’s coffee is rich with this rather strong intensity and refreshing aftertaste carefully fade towards the end. I remember how excited I was with Djule’s opening because finally there is another great coffee shop opening in town.
What to order: my classic iced cappuccino, but you can go to this guy named Ajie and ask for special custom order.
Giyanti Coffee Roastery
Jalan Surabaya No. 20, Menteng
Opening Days: Wednesday – Saturday
Opening Hours: 9.30 AM-5.30 PM
Giyanti is one of my all time favorite coffee shops (and always on my top 3) in Jakarta and I love it best when Hendrik (the owner) is the one brewing the coffee for me. I sometimes experienced that when the other barista made it (not that it’s bad), it’s just not Hendrik-perfect. I am obsessed with their iced cappuccino (IDR 40k) for that rich, subtle, creamy and chocolaty aftertaste and the perfect pairing to the iced cappuccino should be their almond croissant or Lamington.
What to order: Basically every coffee Hendrik made with his cold hands (I love their Bali Kintamai beans) + Almond Croissant/Lamington
Jakarta Coffee House
Jalan Cipete Raya No. 2
Jakarta Selatan 12410
Opening hours: 9 AM-1 PM
Jakarta Coffee House is one of the pioneers of coffee culture in Jakarta and it has been around for almost 6 years now. Their coffee creations somehow still has this conventional touch to it and people often go here for their manual brews. “Si Petung” which by the way is their signature coffee blend is famous for being medium-ly roasted resulting a certain state of acidity, body and clean aftertaste.
What to order: Pour Over
Jalan Cipete Raya No. 7 (across Toodz House)
Cilandak, Cipete Selatan
Jakarta Selatan 12410
Opening hours: 8 AM-10 PM
Kopi Tuku is the little-est of them all when you talk about space, the whole shop can hold probably less than 10 people, but when it comes to their coffee, they manage to impress me BIG time. Kopi Tuku is one of the best coffee shops in the South (precisely Cipete) and they are highly popular for their Es Kopi Tetangga for as cheap as IDR 18k and I could really have 2/3 on a single visit. It’s just sweet & creamy with the perfect amount of milk and coffee together.
What to order: Es Kopi Tetangga are you kidding me.
Native Coffee Tribe
Jl. Mandara Permai VII
Pantai Indah Kapuk
Jakarta Utara 14460
Opening hours: 8 AM-7 PM
One Fifteenth Coffee
Jalan Gandaria 1 No. 63
Jakarta Selatan 12130
Opening Hours: 8 AM-10 PM
Six Ounces Coffee
Blok NB 2 No. Kelapa Gading
Jl. Raya Gading Indah
Jakarta Utara 14240, Indonesia
Opening hours: 8 AM-9 PM
If you ask me my most favorite of the favorites, then Six Ounces is certainly on my top 2, sometimes I wonder if either Giyanti or Six Ounce is better for me but the fun fact is that Six Ounce is actually using Giyanti’s beans for the coffee here *ahem*, BUT the thing is, I think Six Ounces consistently makes better coffee than Giyanti when Hendrik is not making it for me. I love everything about Six Ounces from the place, the design, the coffee, the amazing food (their burger is one of the best in town), the only thing that I dislike about it is that it’s located quite far from where I live, and trust me there is NO good coffee shop in the West! My go to order (and I constantly Snapchat it) is their Iced Coffee with Dama Almond Milk, what a fresh rich creamy (and sort of healthy) iced coffee with one scoop of vanilla ice cream as the cherry on top.
What to order: Iced Coffee with Almond Milk + Ultimate Burger
Komplek Italian Walk Blok B No. 43
Mall of Indonesia, Kelapa Gading
Jakarta Utara, 14240
Opening hours: 10 AM-9 PM
I bloody love TOF for its bodied coffee and the fact that it’s probably the only coffee shop in Jakarta that serves BONSOY at the freaking moment, if you have good coffee and you blend it with bonsoy then it’s just going to be pure bomb for me, I really don’t mind paying extra IDR 15k additional charge for bonsoy.