This entry is HIGHLY REQUESTED and I’ve actually been wanting to write about this since it’s currently one of the biggest trend happening in the F&B biz at the moment: KOPI SUSU!
Seems like more and more coffee shops are now joining the crowd and create their own version of Kopi Susu or milk-coffee, technically espresso based creations like cappuccino, latte or piccolo is also milk and coffee but Kopi Susu is the more local and traditional form of it, the most humble form that you can find in “warung-warung” (small stall) would be black coffee with condensed milk, but these following coffee shops add in their creativity and their take to create the more modern version of one, and without further ado here are my TOP 5 favorite kopi susu in Jakarta at the moment! Going to keep this list at 5 but keep in mind that this is not a rank list, and in the future the might be (or not) ones that could perform better than the followings and this list is purely based on my opinion.
What differentiates one antoher? Of course the signature blend and the addition of certain ingredient.
1. KOPI TUKU – ES KOPI SUSU TETANGGA (IDR 18k)
Jalan Cipete Raya No. 7 (across Toodz House)
Cilandak, Cipete Selatan
Jakarta Selatan 12410
Opening hours: 8 AM-10 PM
I just gotta give it to Kopi Tuku as the first honorable mention because it was really them that started it all in a way. Yes, Kopi Susu has been around since decades ago, but it was not until their Es Kopi Susu Tetangga went viral via social media and mouth-to-mouth that’s making this trend-setter coffee as one of the best selling coffees at the moment.
I like it because it’s sweet (they use palm sugar for the sweetener), creamy and altogether well-balanced flavor and after-taste, and for only IDR 18k sure is affordable universal thirst quencher and perfect for those who fancy coffee but don’t want one that’s acid and strong! Anyway they just recently opened their latest outlet in Pasar Santa, congrats on that!
2. ANIMO BREAD CULTURE – ES KOPI SUSU ANIMO (IDR 17k)
Jalan Cipete 1 No. 6A
Jakarta Selatan 12410
Opening hours: 7 AM-7 PM
For some reasons, I feel like Animo is currently my most favorite out of the 5 you’re seeing here. The notes and overall taste is very familiar to Tuku’s to be honest only theirs a little creamier and better balanced in terms of sweetness with this sweet caramel aftertaste that I like (esepcially reaching the end of the glass), while Tuku is a bit more to the ‘coffee’ side. You can check out their outlet in Cipete where you can also munch on their freshly baked pastries, which I never had before actually but will sure let you know once I do.
The selling price per glass is IDR 1k cheaper than Tuku at IDR 17k.
3. SAGALEH – ES KOPI SUSU SAGALEH (IDR 15k)
Jalan Petogogan I/V No. 2
Gandaria Utara, Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan 12140
Sagaleh is the Padang word for ‘segelas’ (one glass) and their Es Kopi Susu Sagaleh is the cheapest out of the five you’re seeing here, also the richest and boldest when it comes to the coffee. While the other four keep it to the milkier side, Sagaleh comes with this rich coffee that blends really well with the milk, the overall flavor and after-taste give me this hint of dark caramel and bitterness at the end that I find refreshing. I actually have a lot of friends who root for Sagaleh because again it’s all about preference, some might like the milkier and some might like the ‘coffee-er’.
4. SANA COFFEE – ES KOPI SUSU SANA BIASA (IDR 20k)
Jalan Panglima Polim V No. 38
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan 12160
Opening hours: 9 AM-9 PM (may vary depends on the sold out hour)
Sana Coffee’s “Es Kopi Susu Sana Biasa” reminds me of Tuku’s version, only theirs a little sweeter and creamier, and at the very moment, the price point is the most expensive out of the 5 you’re seeing here at IDR 20k BUT when it comes to variety, it’s also the largest as they also offer healthy options like Es Kopi Susu Sana Almond/Soy/Low Fat so if you are one of the strict weight watchers or even vegan, Sana is currently the only one that caters your demand! Anyway I am loving their small coffee shop in Panglima Polim that happens to be in the same location where the owner’s SANA STUDIO is, so if you happen to be in Panglima Polim and fancy chilling out a bit, you can defo go to their outlet.
5. DIBAWAH TANGGA – ES KOPI SUSU KAMPUNG (IDR 19k)
Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda
Kebayoran Lama, Jakarta Selatan 12240
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM (weekdays)
From the milkier side this one was the most different compared to TUKU, SANA or ANIMO and I actually found it hard to explain this one. Overall I find their coffee to be beautifully sweet and creamy with this richer palm sugar character infused and even though I believe they don’t include one, but the end of the note I kinda experienced this very little hint of gingery (might be from the palm sugar), it’s seriously hard to explain but it’s different.