Thursday, April 30, 2015

at Djournal

Before to talk about Cappuccino, I would like to thank all of you who keep on reading the blog...
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But now, no more chatting...

Djournal, a coffe shop in a corner of Grand Indonesia, a well-appointed spaces with nice colour-matching, simple and pretty style.

Bar-counter is just in its center and you can find several seats and tables in front or behind it, along with an external hall for smokers.
SofĂ , stools, armchairs receive you besides different size tables.

I ordered my drink at the register and I waited for it at the bar, watching the baristas in their efforts to please the customers.

Djournal serves its Cappuccino in a faint-blue classic size cup, two different kinds of sugar, no metal spoon, I hate plastic straw, and cocoa on the top, that helps the garnish but, I didn't ask for it!
Criteria are not satisfied...
Pattern is simple but frustated by the cocoa.
Temperature is almost good, nice foam, creamy on average and Espresso is a bit waterly.
Taste is not bad but nothing to write home about.

Well, Djournal is a nice place, I like the style and its well-conceived use of space and furniture but, Cappuccino is nothing special, it must be upgraded.

Vote: **
Price: IDR 32k

Djournal  Coffee
Grand Indonesia West Mall Ground Floor
Jl. MH. Thamrin no. 1
Jakarta Pusat 10310

Friday, April 24, 2015

at Warung Tinggi

Walking throughout Grand Indonesia, craving a Cappuccino, I called at...

Warung Tinggi, a nice, elegant style and well-finished spot.
Wood is everywhere, suffused lighting, background music...

The long counter, with registers and bar, is surrounded by several kind of seats: mulberry couches beside oblong wooden tables, grey chairs and round white marble bar-tables.

You can choose between central hall or smokers room and, after I ordered my "beloved beverage", I took a sit in a corner of the first one to have a good sight of both the barista and the place too.

A smiling lady helps drink to the table and, yes, that's my turn!

Presentation aligns with all the Criteria: classic white cup, metal spoon, two different kinds of sugar and no-cocoa on the top.
No pattern, it doesn't matter, I'm looking for quality!
At first sight, I thought: what a likable foam! 
But, after the first sip: temperature is completely wrong!
I almost scalded my tongue, I cannot feel the flavour because the milk is too hot and my papillas are inhibited.
Alas! I had very big expectations from the coffe-shop having the name of the historical Warung Tinggi: the only positive thing, along the presentation, is the foam.
This Cappuccino is not creamy at all because of high temperature and it ruins the taste of the Espresso too. 
The mixture leaves much to be desired.

In the end, Warung Tinggi is a place that I liked for its ambience and design but their Cappuccino needs to be improved.

Vote: **
Price: IDR 33K

Warung  Tinggi
Grand Indonesia Lantai 5
Jl. MH. Thamrin no. 1
Jakarta Pusat 10310 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

at Casa Verde

Some days ago, I got a suggestion to visit a coffee-shop with an Italian name...

Casa Verde, a welcoming and easy place, simply designed, trim and well-conceived in its limited available space.

A black partition with a white sketch, depicting the theme of the place, contrasts with the red tubes of the lamps and the wood all around the hall.
Behind the corner counter, there's a big board with the beverages list and, after you ordered your drink, you can choose to sit on a stool at the bar, at one of the tables with benches or on a bar-chair in front of a long wall-table.

Staff is very kind and, while I'm waiting for my drink, oh sorry, for "the drink!", we have a chat about coffee, cup and Italian inspiration of the spot.

Let's check for Criteria...

Cappuccino, at Casa Verde, is presented in a classic-size cup, metal spoon, two different kinds of sugar and no-cocoa on the top.
Pattern is simple and likable.
Temperature is perfect! Espresso is good with its Medan-Brasil beans blend, milk is well-steamed and foam is rich, if it had been more creamy, this Cappuccino would have been great!
Taste is very good and balance of flavour is proper.

So, Casa Verde, Rumah Hijau in Bahasa Indonesia, is a place that I recommend if you want to have an enjoyable Cappuccino experience along with courtesy and competence of the staff.
Visit it!

Vote: ***
Price: IDR 30K

Casa  Verde
Jl. Tebet Timur Dalam II/44C
Tebet, Jakarta Selatan 12820

Thursday, April 09, 2015

at Saudagar Kopi

For the first review of the month I've stopped by...

Saudagar, a little and simple coffee-shop, cozy and relaxing for a chat with friends.

You can choose to sit in the external part, in front, where wooden tables, stools and benches receive you under the light of lanterns or inside, where the counter, just at the entrance, welcomes you.

Entering the sliding door, you can notice an easy design: cups with the different recipes of "coffee beverages" are painted on one of the wall, a little spot with a sofa and several frames for a "romantic corner" and, on the wall at the bottom, coffee beans are coated under the motto of the place: "Because you deserve a good cup of coffee".

So, let's have a Cappuccino...

Saudagar serves it in a white classic cup, metal spoon, a small bucket with two different kinds of sugar and no-cocoa on the top...presentation matches all the Criteria.
Pattern is nice and well-done.
Temperature is good, Espresso is strong to the right point, milk is not so creamy, lack of strenght, foam is flimsy, the beverage has no body.
It's a pity, the taste is not bad, thanks to the good Espresso, but this is "milk with coffee", it's too liquid and I'm looking for a Cappuccino!

In the end, I think Saudagar has a good tradition in serving coffee, it's a homey place where is nice to spend time with a friend or stay by yourself reading a book but, their Cappuccino must be improved.

Vote: **
Price: IDR 28k

Saudagar  Kopi
Jl. H. Agus Salim no. 26F
Sabang, Jakarta Pusat 10350