A Journey To Ubud’s Coffee Places
Bali’s vibrant coffee culture offers unique and inspiring experiences. Art is part of Balinese traditional life. More than 90% of Bali’s population practises Hinduism. They believe that gods and goddesses exist in the elements of nature. The spirit world and the human world, as most Balinese believe, interact constantly. By preparing food and drinks mindfully, Balinese people are blessing the things they interact with.
Bali is a coffee-producing island. It’s not too long ago that coffee beans from Bali were sold exclusively to the Japanese market. The mountain region Kintamani on Bali’s northeastern side is the island’s main coffee growing region. The nearby Gunung Agung, one of several volcanic mountains in the center of the island, provides its surroundings with fresh, mineral-rich and fertile soil.
Kintamani Arabica coffee beans have a mild flavor, balanced acidity, a bright fruity flavour and a slight spicy aftertaste. (http://senimancoffee.com)
Rodney Glick, from the Seniman Coffee Studio in Ubud, describes coffee from Bali as follows:
“A wet-processed Bali coffee is so much brighter and high-toned than other coffees from the region; it’s hard to compare them. It definitely has the fruit flavors found in Java, Timor and Flores coffees, but bears little resemblance to Sulawesi or Sumatra coffees (except for the rare wet-process coffees from those origins).” (https://www.vilondo.com/bali-travel-guide/coffee-in-bali-all-you-need-to-know/)
There are outstanding coffee shops in Ubud. Many of them are also roasting the best beans of the island. We are happy to present you our favorite spots. All of them not only serve exceptionally coffee drinks full of flavour, but they are also inspiring places to visit.
Seniman Coffee Studio
Seniman is a spacious and beautifully designed coffee shop in the center of Ubud. The team offers a wide variety of flavourful syphon, pour-over, Chemex and Aeoropress brews made with single-origin coffee beans from Indonesia, Africa and South and Central America. Seniman celebrates their relationships with coffee growers.
Seniman is a common Indonesian word and means artist. The atmosphere of this coffee-shop speak for itself. They not only have an artisan approach to coffee preparation and consumption, but also the space is filled with inspiring, modern and environmentally responsible designed elements. The coffee drinks are served on handmade wooden trays with four slots: Three of them are for the coffee cup, the water and the filter. And there is one more slot for a small homemade cookie. The water is served in a recycled jar.
Anomali Coffee is a small Indonesian chain and one of the country’s leading coffee roasters specializing in serving Arabica selections from all over Indonesia. The coffee drinks are prepared with several different brewing procedures. The branch in Ubud is located next to the busy farmer market. It’s a peaceful and inviting coffee-shop, where the baristas remember your name. The coffee-shops’ terrasse and minimalist, industrial-interior design creates a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
Ubud Coffee Roastery
This coffee shop serves locally sourced Kintamani coffee. The beans are freshly roasted on the premises. It’s a nice small and bright coffee shop with big windows. The coffee drinks are excellent and the atmosphere is quiet and peaceful.
Monkey Cave Espresso Ubud
We like this coffee-spot a lot! It’s located next to Ubud’s famous Monkey Forest. This coffee shop lives up to its name. If you come here early in the morning, you will see monkeys around. Many of them are moving around on the wires. The Monkey Cave serves espresso-based coffee drinks. It’s the top place for espresso drinks in Ubud. The Baristas are very friendly and because of them, the atmosphere is happy, relaxed and welcoming.
Made in Ubud
This coffee shop and roastery is a little bit further away from the center of Ubud, but trust us, their flavourful brews are worth the ride! It’s one of the best places for coffee-lovers. Made in Ubud has a spacious, cozy sitting area with fascinating views over rice fields. They prepare their coffees with the Hario V60 and Aeropress.
Juria House is a small, charming coffee spot that offers an unusual, local coffee experience serving coffee that is made only from one particular legendary old coffee-plant variety: the Typica species of Arabica coffee called Juria.
This coffee shop is very interesting and looks like somebody’s room. The owner is originally from Japan. His name is Ryuichi Hirakawa. If you want to get to him and his inspiring story, please have a look at this wonderful website: https://www.thecoffeecompass.com/juria-house-temple-old-typica-bali/
Arak is a small family-run coffee shop and roastery, which also has its own plantation. It’s a great place to meet local coffee lovers.