Jakarta has seen a slew of independent coffee shops open their doors across the city over the past few years, giving rise to a growing appreciation to the art of drinking and making coffee. This week, coffee enthusiasts in the city welcomed the latest cafe in the scene: Melbourne-based ST. ALi, a cafe that’s often been cited as one of the best in the city’s coffee culture. Located at the Setiabudi 2 building in South Jakarta, the venue can accommodate up to 100 visitors in both its outdoor and indoor spaces. Drinks are made by ST. ALi–trained baristas using the La Marzocco2 espresso machine, with a range of options available on its menu that employ the different techniques such as the cold-drip, siphon, intro, and pour-over methods. On the food front, ST. ALi serves a wide range of western delicacies, from burgers, salads, and special breakfast dishes prepared by the chef behind ST. ALi’s Melbourne kitchen, Mark Richardson.
Owner Salvasta Malasta says that its first shop in Indonesia is part of a bigger plan to introduce ST. ALi internationally, with plans to expand to Bali afterwards. Last year, ST. ALi teamed up with local coffee shop Common Grounds, taking over the cafe’s brew bar for a week and holding a series of workshops by the company’s award-winning baristas Matt Perger, Ben Morrow, and Lachland Ward.
For more information, visit St Ali.