Big things come in small packages. With only six seats and the smallest La Marzocco machine you could possibly find, Dotto Coffee Kemang exudes character. Formerly a receptionist area for its room-mate, a nail salon, it occupies a space no bigger than 3×4 meter. Despite that, Dotto Coffee Kemang more than makes up for it by instantly captivating customers with its petite physicality and palpable love for coffee.
Although the way it portrays itself, from branding style to maximizing use of space, is 100% Japanese, the rest feels intimately Indonesian. Local indie music playing from the black Harman Kardon speaker is a match made in heaven for lazy afternoons, and the man behind the counter, Mas Reza, pretty much has the quintessential barista personality.
While some of the terminology in the menu—miruku, avogatto instead of afogatto, canadiano—might confuse you, don’t be shy to ask what they mean. “Canadiano is a style of manual brew from Canada that uses oak wood and stainless steel filter. It will give a subtle oak aroma to your coffee, but it won’t affect the taste much,” Mas Reza explains with a big smile. Every word seems to be laced with a passion for coffee, without being patronizing to us, the casual coffee drinkers.
Our manual brew of Honduras made with Canadiano method (how’s that for a trip around the world with a cup of coffee?) is pleasantly clean and fruity. But if you prefer something sweeter, opt for Miruku. Infused with cream and palm sugar, it is comfort in a glass of iced coffee. Dotto Coffee Kemang has no heavy meal, but some snacks are always available to ease your hunger.
With light rain sprinkling outside, it is as if the universe is setting us up for the perfect scene to savor everything Dotto Coffee Kemang has to offer. Time seems to tick slower, each coffee sip a little more enjoyable. Perhaps the experience would have been different if the place was packed, but for now, we’ll happily remember Dotto Coffee Kemang as a place filled with warmth, hospitality, and good coffee. Dotto also offers coffee for take-away, but when you have the time, do stay for a while.