Simple, straightforward, no frills kind of humble coffee shop located at one of the most populated culinary districts in South Jakarta. Goni Coffee Kemang wins my heart for stripping down into the essentials but not losing the fervor.
Goni, which stands for gunnysack in English, is the way both founders, Fauzan and Argam would like to present their ideals. For years, gunnysack has been used by Indonesian farmers to transport coffee beans and other agricultural products. Exactly what Goni Coffee Kemang is all about. In their own words: “fresh, authentic, local flare that is distinctive and socially impactful.”
Occupying a small space that fits only two guys behind the bar, three table seatings inside, and another four tables outside, sipping coffee here reminds me of Little Nap Coffee Stand in Tokyo. You’re bound to (literally) bump into people here and I guess that’s the beauty of it. In one visit, conversations sparked and I ended up with new friends. At the very least, you’ll get to know the baristas, Fauzan and Argam. Both are welcomingly chatty and if you happen to be an ex-Sydneysiders like myself, reminisce the good ol’ times as they have also spent some time brewing coffee in the city’s favorite coffee shop. Does the name Alchemy, Espresso Head, and Roseberry Street ring a bell?
At the moment they are featuring Bali Kintamani house blend which works splendidly well with cappuccino and also Padang Solok on the filter bar. I and Jie tried both and found the cappuccino was the highlight between the two.
Be reminded though, they don’t serve full course meal here. However, a fine selection of banana bread, muffins, and cakes are available to accompany your coffee intake.
If you’re around the hood, make sure you drop by and experience yourself how these peeps make gunnysack sound and look cool.
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Goni Coffee Kemang
Jalan Kemang Selatan I No 20
(If you can find Antipodean / Hero, you can find this spot)
Monday – Saturday 7AM – 5PM
Sunday 8AM – 5PM
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