Opening cafes has become one of the toughest businesses in Bandung over the past few years, but it doesn’t stop prospective owners giving it a crack. The problem is that if you aren’t perfect, customers are going to go elsewhere.
And Musat isn’t perfect despite having quite good coffee.The cappuccino I had tasted good, was quite hot (but not too hot), had good milk texture. But drinks here are served in metal camping cups. And for me, that brings down the image of the coffee as well not being enjoyable to drink from.
I understand that serving coffee in a different cup from everyone else makes you stand out from the crowd. And I absolutely love the cups at places like Kinokimi, but they tend to lift the coffee rather than bring it down. I hope they change the cups at this coffee shop as they aren’t enjoyable to drink from.Susan really enjoyed her non-coffee option which was some sort of lychee / yakult concoction which was unique.
There is a food place attached to coffee shop if you need something to eat, but I haven’t tried it yet.That aside, the fitout here is quite nice with a tastefully decorated colonial building, a few outdoor spaces and it seems an upstairs area that wasn’t yet open when we were there. It’s probably because they’re using solartuf on their canopy which is the same material as we use at our house and it seems to magnify the heat! Ain’t nobody gonna want sit under that!
It proves that someone is thinking about how to make this place the best it can be and I can see Musat becoming better and better as the months go by. If you’re reading this after about May 2019, it’s probably even better than what I experienced.Working here is easy with a long bench (no stools yet, so standing only), a few tables and lots of electricity outlets. WiFi was medium speed when I was there at 20mbps down and 10mbps up.
Musat is an up and coming coffee shop which I can only imagine will get better once they’ve had a chance to smooth a few of the rough edges which currently exist. (And get rid of those cups).
Jalan Cilaki 45, Bandung
(0896) 9753 1802
Opening Hours: 10:00 – midnight
Lychee Yakult: Rp32.000
* No tax!
To be honest, I had pretty low expectations of Kopi Sajati before I arrived because it’s located on a busy road in an uninteresting part of town and I just couldn’t imagine what sort of clientele they might have. So I was pleasantly surprised when I entered the coffee shop and realised that many of the customers were doctors and students from Immanuel Hospital across the road.
The coffee shop is clearly targetting a certain type of customer by serving amazing specialty coffee in a tastefully decorated old school building. I had a cappuccino which was quite strong and gave me an immediate caffeine hit which lasted a few hours. Susan had a green tea macchiato which looked nothing like what you’d expect. A big Ikea-style glass filled with a matcha substance and topped with sweet foam. It was pretty good!The fitout here is old school, but tasteful with a bunch of old furniture, plain white walls and a few more modern fittings like the lights. It works well and I’m a fan.
The working situation here isn’t the best, but it’s certainly doable if you need to open a laptop. We sat on the lounge and alternated between resting our laptops on our laps and on the coffee table. Electricity sockets are plentiful here, but the WiFi is a bit slow. Definitely fast enough for web browsing, but probably too slow to upload your latest YouTube video.Prices here are fantastic and we’re surprised they can produce such a good cup of coffee at this price. But they do.And because of all these reasons, we can safely say this is a really good coffee shop on the Bandung scene. Let’s hope the doctors keep popping in for their coffees in order to keep this place ticking over.
Jalan Raya Kopo 200, Bandung
(0878) 1489 3322
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00; closed Sundays
Green Tea Macchiato: Rp18.000
* No tax!
When I review coffee shops, I primarily care about the taste of the coffee. Secondary issues are speed of the wifi, how good the seating arrangements are, ambience and price. So when I come to a coffee shop which is really bustling, I expect a lot from each of these categories.
At Gajua Kopi I was met with a crowd of about 50 people so I expected something awesome. But sadly, what I experienced was far from that.The cappuccino I ordered had a very odd flavour to it. I’ve never tasted anything like it and in the end I didn’t finish it. It was as if something was mixed with the shot of coffee and it didn’t taste nice.
Most of the customers (95%) were drinking es kopi susu when I was there and were under the age of 20. I’m guessing they were here not for the quality of the coffee, but because they have a massive area to nongkrong, be noisy and smoke. And for those purposes, this place really is excellent.But if you’re a coffee lover, you’re probably not going to be happy here because the product is below Bandung standards. As well as poor coffee, the wifi here was really slow clocking in at 2.8mbps down and 1mbps. This is probably in part due to the young crowd all being connected at the same time. So I wouldn’t come here to open my laptop.Now, right about now I sound like a grumpy old man telling the kids to “get of my lawn”. But unless you’re of a certain age, you really aren’t going to enjoy this place.
One last point. The sticker on my coffee cup was dirty. And it’s exactly where I wanted to drink from. It was really off putting.A decent place to nongkrong if you’re of a certain age, especially if you have a big group. But if you’re searching for Bandung’s best coffee, this is not the place for you.
Jalan Saunggaling 7, Bandung
(0811) 200 1372
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 00:30; Fri & Sat until 02:00
Iced Cascara Lemon: Rp23.000
* No tax!
Coffee shops in Bandung are a dime a dozen. They are absolutely everywhere and it is so difficult for any coffee shop to stand out from the crowd.
The cappuccino I had was excellent and definitely above average for Bandung. But I’m left wondering if that is enough. So let’s list all the good things about this cafe.Almost every table in this cafe has its own electricity socket, there’s an outdoor area where you can smoke and hang out, the Internet is a bit slow at 7mbps down and 1mbps up, the coffee is great, the fitout is quite good.So what’s not to like about this place. Not a lot actually. I think it’s a neat little cafe in relaxing and quiet residential area.I just hope they’re able to stand out enough from the crowd and draw enough customers from local neighbours that they survive.
Jalan Mahmoud 20, Bandung
Opening Hours: 14:00 – 22:00
Es Kopi Susu: Rp25.000
* No tax!
I love this little coffee shop. A narrow shop on one of Bandung’s most popular shopping streets with opening hours that suit those early risers.
The fitout of the shop is quite modern, but what’s really interesting is that they make fantastic use of the space. About 40 people could easily fit in here and it’s a small space. I also really like the decorations which combine with great use of space to give this place a warm feel, even when there are no other customers.The coffee here is very good and my magic was strong, smooth and with well-textured milk. It was also perfectly hot, something of a rarity in Bandung. Susan’s iced coffee was great as well. What’s more, prices here are quite good with milky coffees just over Rp20.000 and no added tax.They also do food here. Small bites and larger meals are all on the menu. I haven’t tried them yet, but they look quite standard for a Bandung cafe.The tables here all have international electricity sockets and they are comfortable to work at. But what was really surprising was the speed of the internet. 82mbps down and 18mbps up which is one of the fast download speeds I’ve seen anywhere.I really love this place and can’t wait to come back and work here.
Taeun Coffee & Works
Jalan L.L. R.E. Martadinata 50, Bandung
(0896) 6999 9990
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
Iced Milk Coffee: Rp18.000
* No tax!
We rarely travel as far east as Havana Coffee, but when you’re hunting coffee, you need to travel. So that’s what we did when we came where.
Straight away, I need to point out that this coffee shop is not for everyone. Mainly due to its location, but also because it really only serves coffee and a very limited range at that.What they do serve they do very well. I had an iced coffee and Susan had an iced chocolate. Both were excellent. I particularly liked how my iced coffee wasn’t too sweet. Sometimes coffee shops like to go over the top with the sugar, but here they don’t.
It’s worth mentioning that the plastic containers they use here look fantastic in photos. But environmentally, we have serious concerns that single use plastic in Indonesia is a catastrophe. Not that this isn’t an issue in every single coffee in Bandung serving iced coffee. It is. Hopefully they can come up with a solution for reusing these fancy plastic containers in the future.There is no WiFi at Havana Coffee, so don’t come here to work. That said, the interior is really funky and photogenic and you should definitely come here for your instagram shots.
They are trying to ramp up their gofood deliveries here, so if you can’t be bothered coming here, but still want a great tasting iced coffee in a funky container, get one online from gofood.If you come here looking for the exact location of the coffee shop, enter the car park of Bangunan Mart and look up the side of the building — the coffee shop is tucked along the side.
Something a little different on the Bandung coffee scene and worth a visit.
Jalan Margacinta 118, Bandung
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00 (closed Sunday)
Iced Coffee: Rp22.000
Iced Chocolate: Rp20.000
* no tax!
The location of Kinokimi southeast of Bandung city centre is a bit odd and away from where most good cafes are located. With that in mind, I was a bit skeptical before coming here imagining a place that just “doesn’t get it”. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This place is fantastic.
After walking upstairs past the salon, you enter a tastefully modern room with a high pitched ceiling, lots of wood and lots of bare concrete walls. It’s a concept tried elsewhere but so often not done properly. Here if feels really good.I want to talk about the coffee. It’s fantastic. They serve their cappuccinos in a tiny cup, but as we know with coffee, it’s not quantity that matters, it’s quality. And what makes a good milky coffee so often depends on the coffee to milk ratio. At Kinokimi they get it spot on. And the good stuff continues with silky milk and…… AWESOME CUPS.They use cups Kaloka which are worth about Rp250.000 each. They feel good to drink out of and I’m happy to pay extra for a coffee in a good cup.Susan had a Gingerbread latte which was creative. It wasn’t just another menu item to keep the non-serious coffee drinkers happy – it was a good menu item on its own.I ate a smoothie bowl which I enjoyed a lot and Susan had the beef stroganoff with quality pieces of meat – tender! We’re actually curious to know what the other menu items are like because we think the food here is a winner!When I arrived, the WiFi wasn’t working and I found that to be really disappointing. If you need to work, you need WiFi. But as I was leaving, I asked about the WiFi again and they said it was kind of working and dropping out. So I tested it and it was super fast at 43mbps down and 59mbps up. If they can make sure that this wifi is stable, it will be a great place to get work done, upload youtube videos and other data-intensive work.WiFi issue aside, this is one of our favourite new cafes in Bandung. Fantastic fitout, top notch coffee rivalling anything else in Bandung and good food. Come here!
Jalan Bush Batu 28, Bandung
(0811) 220 0789
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Gingerbread Latte: Rp28.000
Smoothie Bowl: Rp49.000
Beef Stroganoff: Rp59.000
*Add 10% tax to all prices
Right next door to the large and modern Kahve is the small but stylish 2 Grams Coffee & Meals. We love this place mainly because it’s small and cozy with decent WiFi and serves up pretty good coffee without an espresso machine!
The first thing you notice about this place is how small it is. It’s smaller than the carparks of many Bandung coffee shops with space for less than 20 people in side and perhaps fewer than 10 outside. I really like the fitout with a wall full of logs, pictures on the walls and plenty of lights so you’re not constantly squinting to see stuff.Coffee here is made without an espresso machine. For their espresso based drinks they used a manual method of extracting shots and a small milk steamer which is heated on a stove. The coffees I’ve had in the past made using this method are usually unable to reach the standards that a machine can produce. And 2 Grams is no different. The cappuccino here is quite good, but you can tell that it’s not made on a big expensive machine. Because of that, the coffee is cheaper than at the most popular Bandung coffee shops.The menu of food seems pretty good with a selection of katsu and noodle dishes as well as snacks such as crispy mushrooms and banana nuggets.
As far as working goes, it’s a decent place to do a couple of hours of work but you’re bum is going to hurt after a while as you’ve really only got a choice between short stools and benches for your seats. There are a few electricity outlets should you need them and the wifi is relatively speedy at 10mbps down and 10mbps up.This is the type of place in Bandung that is usually quite successful because it’s not trying to appeal to the elites. It’s trying to appeal to the common man by allowing smoking inside, serving up manual coffee and not trying to be too pretentious. The prices are also good. A fantastic middle of the road nongkrong spot for those trying to avoid Bandung elites.
2 Grams Coffee & Meals
Jalan Ambon 16, Bandung
(0821) 1577 7712
Opening Hours: Weekday: 12:00 – Midnight; Fri, Sat, Sun: 13:00 – 01:00
Iced Milk Coffee: Rp18.000
On the bottom of the receipt at Kahve are the words “good coffee, good people, good service, good place”. And all of this true at Kahve.
I ordered a magic and Susan a charcoal oreo. Both of our drinks were well balanced in flavour neither being too strong or too weak. The milk on the magic was beautifully textured, silky smooth and the perfect temperature. An above average coffee in Bandung.There are a few snacks on the menu such as cheese puffs, but I didn’t try these.
The fitout is a little strange. When you enter, it feels a little sterile, dark and empty. It’s not that cozy. I’m not sure what they could do to improve the fitout, but at the moment it doesn’t feel right.The wifi was broken when I was there so I can confirm whether it’s a good place to work or not. But the tables are good enough to set up a laptop on and there plenty of electricity sockets should you need them. If you’ve tested the wifi here, let me know in the comments!One last point. It was extremely quiet when I was there and without more customers, I’m not sure how they are going to survive. It’s the same in so many Bandung coffee shops and we just hope they can make some minor adjustments to attract more customers. Semangat!Overall, this is a place you come to for good coffee, friendly staff and perhaps to work if the wifi is operational. With some minor interior adjustments, this will be a mainstay on the Bandung scene.
Jalan Ambon 14, Bandung
Opening Hours: 12:00 – midnight
WiFi: not operational
Charcoal Cappuccino: Rp23.000
* Add 10% tax to all prices