While Arabica with its varying taste notes has been the leading actor in the continuation of third wave coffee, Robusta has a special element of bitterness that reminds you of why people drink coffee in the first place. Not only for the flavor, but also for that awakening jolt of caffeine. The freshly-opened Biro Kopi Cikini plays with both of these well-loved coffee beans and comes up with a unique house blend that marries the two.
This house blend was born after dozens of iteration with roasting profile and beans combination. In an espresso-based concoctions, Biro Kopi Cikini’s coffee has this bitterness that stops in the mouth cavity. Once it passes through your throat, the bitterness is gone, replaced by a pleasant aftertaste that urges you to take another sip. It’s not hard to imagine that this coffee is created with the hustlers and hard-working people in mind.
The physical outlet is also a representation of that. While the place is small and nothing fancy, it is enough. The centered location in Cikini area makes it ideal for a brief stop or a quick break. Although the surrounding area is busy, the street where the coffee shop is located is pretty quiet. If you need to work with your laptop for an hour or so, Biro Kopi Cikini also provides some seats. Electrical sockets are a bit scarce though, so make sure to come with a full battery.
So who are the people behind it? A couple of Australia grads who decided to come back home after working for some time there. One of them is a coffee-enthusiast graphic designer who wants to explore his interest and decides to just go for it. Biro Kopi Cikini is also dead serious about its coffee and employs the help of a consultant who has worked in Sydney’s famous Campos Coffee. There are truly a lot of work and passion behind this small coffee “biro”.
All in all, Biro Kopi Cikini has the makings of producing other bureaus and outposts in the future—in office lobbies, perhaps, like Caffeine Lab. It also has the potential of expanding the reach of its special Arabica-Robusta house blend by selling it to the mass. Other than that, the service is great and the price is super friendly (espresso starts at IDR 14K). Snacks are also available, but stay tuned as they are developing the recipe of a very special menu. Here are some hints for now: It’s gonna be crunchy and all of you will love it. Do give Biro Kopi a try, and if Cikini is a bit out of reach for you, there’s always Go-Food delivery.