On Taking a Pause and Indonesian Coffee.
Associating coffee with Indonesia is nothing new, but what about the first Indonesians at the Milan World Coffee Championship. Meet Restu Sadam Hasan (R) and Shayla Philipa (S) of Hungry Bird Coffee and Roastery, who proudly represented Indonesia in this international coffee championship in Italy earlier last June. Restu came up in top 20 in the latte art competition, while Shay came up in the big three as the third champion in Good Spirit championship!
Would you tell us how you grew up, what’s your background?
S: I grew up in Jakarta and studied graphic design. But to be honest I didn’t finish high school or college. Maybe sitting in class was just a weird thing for me.
R: I’m from Sukabumi, but I grew up in many places, including Jakarta, Wonosobo, and Bandung. Now, I’ve been a barista at Hungry Bird for 8 years – though it feels like I just started yesterday.
How did you get into this barista world?
S: Oh gosh I was only 17 when I got into coffee! My college was right behind a coffee shop that I visited in the morning before class. Then, they put an ad out for part time and full-time staff, so I thought I’d give it a shot. So I took the part-time chance and did a shift in the morning, followed by a class in the afternoon – and the other way around.
R: It was a long way for me. I actually started as a cook helper at Meeting Point in Bandung. But as I was working there, I often hung out with the barista and I figured out that you could draw on coffee with milk. I never knew that before – and I loved drawing since I was a kid, just like doodling. Three months after, my boss offered me a position as a barista. It was a dream come true!
Indonesia’s diverse landscape allows us to have so many varieties of coffee beans. Which one is your favorite?
R: West Java, Wanoja avisani, and Java Puntang Natural. I love the combination of the fruity and floral mixture in Wanoja Avisani, added with its caramel flavor and its round body. People who don’t like coffee could fall in love with this coffee easily!
S: It’s so funny because one of my favorite Indonesian coffee(s) I’ve tasted was in a coffee shop in Antwerp, Belgium. It was a Kerinci wet-hull! We’ve even worked with the farmer before for a different processed coffee.