Coffee! Like it or not, we all love this particular beverage whether it is just the smell of freshly brewed espresso in the morning or the first sip of perfect blend hot macchiato in the afternoon. Yes!
Nowadays, coffee shops have become one of the go-to places anywhere in the world, whether it is just a small suburban coffee shop or a large, lavish one in a big city. Malang is no exception. This small town, about a one-hour drive away from Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya, is mostly inhabited with youth coming here to study. And they sure love to hang out or work on some stuff at the coffee shops. But which coffee shops do they go to?
1. Java Dancer
This was the first ever local coffee shop in Malang. The place is cozy and relaxed. But they mean business when it comes to coffee. It has been serving Indonesian Arabica coffee, claimed to be selected from the best coffee plantations in this country, since 2008.
Today, they have two outlets: one is located on Jalan Kahuripan, and the other one is on Jalan Jakarta. They are open early every day at 7:30 am and close at 1:30 am. It’s just never too late for coffee, is it?
The name Java from Java Dancer is reflected in its interior design, as you can see from the sculptures of Javanese wayang characters around. As for the prices, they are relatively more expensive than most coffee shops around. But it’s still a pretty good deal. One hot cappuccino costs 30,000 IDR (approximately 2 USD). They also serve snacks and food for your eating pleasure!
It is a small shop, it takes a little effort to find, but once you’re there, it’s rewarding. Noch is relatively new. But the news spread pretty fast among young coffee drinkers.
Perhaps it’s the chic and modern interior design with soft colors that are easy on the eyes, the friendly baristas hanging out by the counter, or it’s simply the good coffee they serve. I personally love the homemade cakes you can choose to complement your coffee.
Noch is located on Jalan Surapati. It is less than one mile away (approximately 1.6 km) from Malang’s popular city park: Alun-alun Tugu Malang. And it is open every day from noon to 10:00 pm.
The prices here are relatively standard for a coffee shop. One hot cappuccino is sold at 28,000 IDR (approximately 1.9 USD).
3. Coffee Toffee
What I love about a local coffee shop is their commitment to using 100% Indonesian coffee beans. And Coffee Toffee offers seven different kinds: Sumatra Linthong, strong with hints of chocolate and spices; Toraja Kalosi, medium and low acid with a nutty aftertaste; Java Mocha, soft with hints of tobacco and herbs; Bali Kintamani, sweet and soft with citrus flavors; Flores Bajawa, fruity and caramel-like; Malabar Peaberry, complexity of caramel, berry, and tea; and Sumatera Gayo, soft with a sweet aroma.
On their “Slow Bar,” you can check out these available kinds of coffee and have your own brewed. Or you can choose any from their menu. It is called a “Slow Bar” because the coffee is ground and brewed only after an order is placed. For price comparison, one hot cappuccino costs 28,500 IDR (approximately 1.9 USD).
Coffee Toffee is located on Jalan Jakarta, right across from one of Java Dancer’s outlet. They are open every day from 11:00 am to midnight. But sometimes on the weekends, they will extend their serving time, especially when they have special events like acoustic night.
MMMM Coffee. Yes, that’s how many Ms you need to describe how good the coffee is! How about this coffee shop’s coffee? I’ll leave that for you to decide once you have tasted their hot cappuccino for 25,000 IDR (approximately 1.7 USD).
As a Harry Potter fan, walking into this coffee shop gives me the vibe of the Leaky Cauldron, a wizarding pub to get to the Diagon Alley. Okay, enough geeking out for now. It’s the coffee shop’s exterior design that gives me this vibe, not what you would expect from a coffee shop.
It is located on Jalan Jenderal Basuki Rahmat. They are open every day in the afternoon, from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Located on one of Malang’s main streets, it is popular among young adults as their hang out or meeting spot.
5. Joglo Kopi
Jalan Ikan Tombro, where Joglo Kopi is located, is not far from Malang’s main roads but it still offers calmer and quieter ambiance. Joglo Kopi itself is located in the middle of open field and rice field, making it so unique and authentic.
The name “joglo” means Javanese traditional house mostly built from wooden materials. And that’s what this coffee shop is all about, authentic Javanese. One cappuccino here costs 25,000 IDR (approximately 1.7 USD).
Joglo Kopi is open every day from noon to 10:00 pm. Besides coffee, they also serve authentic Indonesian food like classic Bubur Ayam or chicken porridge. Even though other variants of food and beverages are also available, I recommend you to only go for their local specialties, like black coffee, because it is what they are best at.
These are only the tip of the iceberg
Believe it or not, even though it is a small town, Malang still has more good coffee shops to offer. So, coffeeholics out there should be expecting to visit this place soon. And these five coffee shops are a great place to start exploring!
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