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100% Indo - Asik!

Anomali Coffee in South Jakarta is a premier joint to visit for coffee connoisseurs who would like to try a variety of local beans harvested around the Islands of Indonesia. They specialize in only Indonesian coffee beans, and strive to promote the uniqueness and richness of Indonesian coffee and present their motto to ‘Support our Local Coffee’.

Fuck Starbucks.

As you step inside the cafe, you are welcomed by the warm allure of freshly roasted coffee, the feeling of sophistication of a ‘authentic’ coffee shop that is reminiscent of those found in Melbourne, San Francisco, and London.

What is unique of the cafe as I reinstate, is that the coffee is locally produced, and 100% Indonesian. So you are treated to the best coffee beans in the world. The prices are shockingly affordable, and they are smoker friendly (as of the rest of Indonesia – which is awesome!)

However, what caught this writers eye, was the most expensive coffee that they serve – Kopi Luwak.

Hit the wikipedia link above for more detail of how the actually they process the coffee, I will just put a by step by step summary, on how Kopi Luwak is produced:

  1. Coffee berries spread around the ground.
  2. Hungry squirrel/weasel roams around for food. Discovers Berries (hooray!). And gobbles away.
  3. Digestion happens. The beans remain undigested, but the berries are enriched by the animals bowels.
  4. It shits it out.
  5. The coffee beans are collected, rigorously washed and sun dried (Killing any possibilities of poo bacteria such as e.coli).

I’m still pretty sure that most readers are still thinking “That sounds cool, but why the fuck would I drink squirrel shit?” Well my friends, it seems that a lot of people do, in a research found in the book “The Gospel According to Starbucks” it reveals:

Kopi Luwak was the most expensive coffee in the world, selling for between $100 and $600 USD per pound, and is sold mainly in Japan and the United States by weight, and served in coffeehouses in Southeast Asia by the cup.


Examples of selling by the cup:

One small cafe, the Heritage Tea Rooms, in the hills outside Townsville in Queensland, Australia, has Kopi Luwak coffee on the menu at A$50.00 (=US$33.00) per cup, selling approximately seven cups a week, which has gained nationwide Australian and international press, creating over $5 Million AUD of media attention for this rare coffee.[3] In April 2008, the brasserie of Peter Jones department store in London’s Sloane Square started selling a blend of Kopi Luwak peanut and Blue Mountain called Caffe Raro for £50 (=US$99.00) a cup.[4]

This is the Shit! (literally)

It was 100,000 Rupiah or 30 malaysian Ringgit for a cup of coffee. But I paid for it.

I have to say that my background with understanding and tasting coffee is zilch. I enjoy and prefer my 3 in 1 Nescafe, than any frappe latte or berrylicious espresso. However, I rely on my tongue to judge to what tastes good – and my taste buds were invigorated with such richness that was not experienced by any coffee I had consumed before.

It felt like these squirrels shat out a little piece of heaven on my tongue.

And Put Simply, It was delicious. And if I had mo’ money’s I would’ve bought another cup.

(In a relevant moral statement, is that you should always open your boundaries to new things – even if it is drinking squirrel shit, because you learn a unique perspective on new and old things, and you invigorate all your senses by trying something Different)

Thank you, Anomali Coffee for enriching my experiences, and I hope all the best with your operations, I strongly believe that your joint has to be one of the best cafes I’ve ever been to, and the most memorable. And to our beautiful tour guides, Anggra and Mila for taking us there.

Expect a visit from me again to your cafe next time I pay a visit to Jakarta. Its a Beautiful Place.

Happy Customers.


About Ariff Azmi

Founder of shriekingmonkeys - My interests span from quirky culture to anything that dares to amuse my highly-desensitized nature.


  1. hahah this is hilarious man, i, as an indonesian, have yet to tastea luwak coffee myself.

  2. Hannah ⋅

    me neither….Ha ha ha bloody expensive coffee!!!!Starbucks is much cheaper, don’t u reckon?

    • ariffjunior ⋅

      Starbucks is cheaper but doesn’t have the authenticity of a ‘true’ coffee shop like this one! Ill bring some Luwak back to Melbourne! Haha!

  3. Lala ⋅

    I need to try that! (:

  4. fucktrendycoffeeshops (sorry ariff) ⋅

    fuck that trendy bullshit! one can have a fucking cup of coffee without being in a super westernized and trendy cafe anymore..fuck that..its 100% Indonesian you say?! that’s special..where else in Indonesia can you get Indonesian coffee?..trendy places right? get coffee, get to be seen..what else could you want?..fuck that..its coffee can get it any fucking where..stop wasting your money on overpriced coffee just because you can drink in a place that makes you look sophisticated and’s also a place where people like to sit down and type on their laptops in public, so everyone can see the hard working “journalist” at work. Build up some credibility!

    “I like to type up my plays in public because it makes me look sophisticated, and buy doing it here (any trendy pretentious coffe shop) it adds to my desired sophistication effect”

    you also said its like the ones you find in Melbourne and shit..this caliber/type of coffee shop is unique to their heritage and history, and that’s why there are so many nice cafes scattered around Europe and Australia..but its not really common for South East Asia, instead we’ve got a very unique coffee culture, especially in Indonesia and Cambodia. It’s such a shame to see real culture and heritage die due to this generations NEED to be noticed and trendy. Stop the pretentious bullshit, and lets keep it real. I can understand that its a nice place and people like to hang out there because its comfortable or whatever, but don’t give me this bullshit about young teenagers indulging in high quality coffee.


    • ariffjunior ⋅

      I understand your grievance in how you believe that media and society ‘forces’ young minds to follow a certain trend or movement to do certain things in which may create certain disregard to local culture, and to individuality.

      Firstly, How do you define individuality? We all conform to some sort of trend in different ways – some are larger and more influential groups than others, however an individual chooses to follow certain ‘trends’ that suits their personality.

      Lets take in relevance for example the type of music people listen to which can affect their perspective of society – Hardcore punk listeners are assumed to have a more aggressive, and vocal outlook on society’s ills, while emo punk kids probably would cry and wrap themselves in a fetal position trying to understand the world around them (they would eventually slice their wrists.)

      I say if people would like to pay for overpriced coffee that’s their personal choice – It could be said to be waste of money (when you can just get a 3 in 1 Nescafe packet) but if you have the means and the opportunity to indulge in experience and taste so unique that many has not tried before is – Priceless.

      (You may argue that all coffee tastes the same, but you can’t judge until you’ve tried them all – Just like Wine)

      Globalization is a bitch when it skewers the local and global culture into one big hybrid mess. Local culture and perceptions are changed, and creates a hybrid society in which identifying the difference between local culture and the western culture much more difficult. You make a good point that local indonesians should actually ‘support local coffee’ and that they should just go to a warong and have it for a much cheaper price.

      However, what’s great like a coffee shop like Anomali, that it bridges a connection between the local coffee industry to the world, and propels it to a comfortable environment that foreigners, young adults can interact. The modernity and western feeling of the restaurant allows the younger generation to be pulled away from larger ‘coffee’ corporations like and actually enjoy a cup of coffee which is locally produced.

      Another point is that History lives on borrowed cultures, much of Indonesian culture is predominantly Dutch, Malaysia is British, and Vietnam/Cambodia is French. Its not new thing. I see the positives being that it also enriches a a great knowledge for those who don’t have the means to travel to Europe or Australia.

      Isn’t it great to have one in your own backyard then?

      I agree there are such examples of individuals that enjoy attention, however, the amenities of Free WIFI, alluring art pieces, clean toilets and diverse individual personalities to socialize with, beautiful interior, and comfortable seating arrangments – doesn’t that produce great value to go such a place?

      So I say whatever ‘floats your boat’ and makes you content – People may laugh at you, but who cares who people think? – Do what you want to do, Believe what to believe (even if its following the trendy kids and investing ridiculously in expensive coffee)

      If it creates contentment within you, then just do it.

      A Personal note, This journalist does enjoy typing in public, trendy cafes, as his ego is as big as his (insert body part)

      • Ashed ⋅

        you are completely right, individuality is only defined by the individual. To me this isn’t so much an issue of identity, or even globalization. I am just sick of seeing flock after flock of brain dead teenage morons walking into “trendy” coffee shops hoping to gain some kind of street cred. No matter how you want to look at this, you can’t deny the excessive volume of douche bags that you see at these places.

        but the globalization aspect of this issue is also extremely important to not overlook. I don’t think i know enough about globalization to really make any serious comments on it. But i will say this: people, especially young people need to take it upon themselves to not let globalization remove everything from the old world. Sure, you might enjoy an overpriced cup of coffee for some reason i can’t really understand, but don’t let that urge ruin heritage and culture (like what OLDTOWN did to kopi-tiam culture). Moderation my friends, its all about moderation.

  5. Ashed ⋅

    SUPPORT OUR LOCAL COFFEE..hahaha..sorry i saw that picture..pissed me off! what a joke

  6. Marc Herman ⋅

    In some places in Indonesia, this is also known as kopi “lubak.” The “b” and the “w” are frequently interchangeable in different dialects.

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