Walking into Pacific Century Place Jakarta Tower SCBD, a remote worker like me can’t help but feeling like entering a portal into an alternate world where high-rise buildings and dressing up to the nines are the norm. My casual pants and denim jacket appear slightly out of place, but that feeling slowly fades as I order my coffee at First Crack’s second home in the far right of the posh building’s lobby.
“Would you like the fruity or the chocolatey beans for your Iced Americano?” the cashier asks with a warm smile. At First Crack SCBD there are always two types of beans available to cater to different palates. My coffee comes in a bold body and dark chocolate taste, as promised, just right for a much needed wake-up-call. Paired with the yum banana bread, it is the kind of simple breakfast one would be willing to have a couple of times a week.
For those of you unfamiliar with First Crack just yet, it is a coffee shop that hails from Sunter, North Jakarta. Led by Ms. Evani Jesslyn, a barista who is also the person behind Strada Coffee in Semarang, it is passionate about using 100% Indonesia-sourced coffee beans. First Crack also doubles as a SCA (Specialy Coffee Association) certified coffee academy where one can learn everything from crop to cup. With that in mind, rest assured that you’re in good hands with this brand when it comes to coffee.
When compared to its first home in Altira Business Park, First Crack SCBD has its own traits. Both are located in office area, but the one in SCBD only operates from Monday to Friday. It still is possible to encounter non-office workers in Sunter, while in SCBD there is absolutely none at the time of our visit. Currently no manual brew and hot meals are available in SCBD, but the staffs have informed us that this particular situation will change in the near future. Other than that, both have similar vibes, but Sunter feels somewhat more casual.
Whenever one needs a place for casual business-related meetings around SCBD, First Crack SCBD is indeed a great option—the coffee is great and the location is strategic. If you work in the building, it’s a no brainer to have a cuppa here. Coffee geeks would also appreciate the presence of La Marzocco’s Leva machine, which currently is only owned in Jakarta by First Crack. Having said that, if you are a coffee photo enthusiast, I’d say go to the one in Sunter instead, as the SCBD crowd is in general more apprehensive towards camera users.