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Specialty Coffee Guide to Bali — Discover Bali’s Coffee Gems

Bali, the Indonesian gem known for its picturesque beaches and vibrant culture, has a coffee scene that’s as captivating as its landscapes. In our specialty coffee guide, we’ll delve deeper into Bali’s rich coffee history and what sets its coffee culture apart from the rest of the world.

So, pour yourself a steaming cup of your favorite brew, and let’s embark on a journey through Bali’s coffee wonderland.

Bali’s coffee journey is a remarkable fusion of tradition and innovation, a story that unfolds like the pages of a historical novel. Dating back to Dutch colonial times, coffee plantations began to flourish on the island. Since then, Bali has evolved into a hub for coffee enthusiasts, with the specialty coffee scene on the rise, offering distinctive brews and experiences that set it apart from other coffee destinations.

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Unique Coffee Experiences

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Notable roasters

In this segment of our guide we embark on a captivating exploration of Bali’s esteemed coffee roasters. These artisanal craftsmen bring the world’s finest coffee beans to life with their meticulous roasting techniques. Our mission is to celebrate the dedication, passion, and innovation that Bali’s roasters infuse into each batch. Join us in this quest to uncover the essence of Bali’s coffee scene, one roast at a time.

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Hungry Bird

In 2013, a dream of coffee excellence took flight when Indonesian Aeropress Champion Prawira Adhiguna, fondly known as Edo, established Hungry Bird. With a primary focus on crafting exceptional coffee to quench the thirst of surfers and the lively Canggu community.

Edo and his stellar team of award-winning roasters and baristas have transformed that dream into a caffeinated haven. Today, Hungry Bird stands as a beacon of coffee artistry that has become an integral part of Canggu’s thriving coffee culture.

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When visiting their café in Canggu I recommend trying the West Java Wanoja Avisani, processed through the Natural Anerob method – look for tasting notes of Blackcurrant, Muscat Grape, Jasmine. In case you look for something more you should also look a their special releases that usually feature some exclusive beans from all around the world.

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Expat Roasters

One of the shining stars in Bali’s specialty coffee constellation is Expat Roasters. Founded by their award-winning head barista Shae Macnamara, this roastery stands out not only for its exceptional brews but also for its unwavering commitment to local farmers.

They have cultivated deep-rooted relationships with coffee growers within a 40km radius which allows them to experiment with processing methods and farming technique to ultimately produce the best coffee available. Over 95% of their beans are sourced within Indonesia with a small amount of specialty coffee hand selected from their global brokers.

When visiting one of their three cafes in Bali, I highly recommend trying their beans from the Kintamani region. Among my favorites is their natural process coffee—a funky and unique flavor experience. Expect tasting notes of sweet rockmelon, peanut & jackfruit with hints of dates and biscuits on the aftertaste.

Another thing that sets them apart is their use of an aerator to enhance the flavors of their filter coffee. The aerator is a device used to introduce controlled air into the brewed coffee when it is poured into the cup. The device gives the coffee more body, clarity, and flavor.

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Missibu

Missibu Roaster, a true hidden gem in our specialty coffee guide to Bali. Established in November 2019, is a rising star in Bali’s coffee constellation. They’ve set out on a mission: to elevate the standard of coffee quality and experience within Indonesia’s vibrant coffee industry.

Roasting their beans right here on the beautiful island of Bali, Missibu is committed to showcasing both Indonesian and international coffee beans, with a particular emphasis on Indonesian green beans to help expose and enhance Indonesia’s name to the world.

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As you step into Missibu, you’ll discover an intricate art form in their coffee preparation. They employ various cup shapes, each designed to accentuate unique tasting notes, making every sip an exploration of flavor. While they don’t offer food, their dedication to the coffee craft is a culinary experience in itself.

I highly recommend trying the Flores Bajawa coffee with its Slow Dry Fullwash process. Look for taste notes of chocolate, sweet almond and nectarine.

Missibu Roaster Canggu

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Blacklist Roasters

Blacklist Roasters, hailing from Perth, Western Australia, bring a touch of sophistication to Bali’s coffee scene. Their selection of single-origin coffees, often from far-flung corners of the globe, is a delightful departure from the local norm. You’ll find a variety of medium-roasted single-origin coffee as well as their award-winning house blends.

Blacklist Roasters offers more than just great coffee. Their menu includes a variety of delightful food options which is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a satisfying meal alongside your coffee.

The brew is served in wine glasses, the experience is not just about the coffee; it’s an elegant affair that marries taste and presentation. I recommend trying their floral and sparkly Ethiopia Diamond which is the same coffee that won the World Barista Championship in 2018.

Blacklist Roasters Canggu

Unique Coffee Experiences

In our specialty coffee guide Bali as well as the following series of guides, we invite you to explore not just coffee, but the stories, the craftsmanship, and the moments that make each cup an extraordinary adventure. From panoramic views to intimate cafe encounters, this segment will transcend the boundaries of mere coffee consumption. It’s about savoring the culture, history, and innovation that each destination we explore has to offer. So, with a steaming cup in hand, let’s uncover Bali’s unique coffee experiences.

Paper hills

For a coffee experience that pairs perfectly with Bali’s breathtaking scenery, venture to Paper Hills in the coffee region of Kintamani. Perched on a hill, this cafe offers not only exceptional coffee but also an awe-inspiring view of the majestic Mount Batur, a volcanic marvel that graces the Balinese landscape.

In addition to their outstanding coffee, they also offer a delightful variety of pastries that perfectly complement your coffee. Whether you’re in the mood for a flaky croissant, a rich chocolate delight, or an assortment of other delectable treats, Paper Hills ensures that your taste buds are as satisfied as your eyes are mesmerized by the view.

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Paper Hills showcases a variety of coffee beans from Expat Roasters which we already mentioned in our article. So, if you’ve yet to savor the unique notes of their funky Kintamani Natural, there’s no better occasion than enjoying it while gazing upon its place of origin.

Paper Hills Kintamani

Coworking Cafés

It wouldn’t be an article about Bali if we didn’t mention coworking cafés. While the island offers endless beauty, finding a place with relaxed environment, reliable Wi-Fi, and specialty coffee can be a challenge. Hence these are our absolute favourite places to work from when in Bali and we couldn’t leave them out from our specialty coffee guide to Bali.

Nyom Nyom

Nestled in the heart of Canggu, Bali, Nyom Nyom is a cozy haven that offers more than just great coffee and food. Under the Matra umbrella, a beloved family-run local business since 2011, Nyom Nyom is dedicated to delivering vegan, nutritious, and delicious ingredients.

Their diverse menu caters to a range of dietary preferences, making it a go-to spot for both coffee lovers and health-conscious diners.

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Nyom Nyom takes its coffee seriously. With their own roastery, they source their coffee beans from organic farms in Jempanang Bali. Roasting the beans in-house ensures that every cup of coffee bursts with the maximum flavor from their beans.

Nyom Nyom Canggu

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Miel

Canggu’s Miel is more than just a cafe; it’s an escape into a lush tropical forest. As you step inside, you’ll find yourself surrounded by an abundance of greenery, creating an ambiance that transports you to a serene oasis.

It’s not just a coffee shop, it’s an immersion into the natural beauty that Bali is renowned for. The tropical vibes and the soothing green backdrop set the perfect stage for a memorable coffee experience.

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Image by @miel.bali on Instagram

They exclusively serve Hungry Bird coffee, and their baristas are artisans in the craft of precision brewing. For pour-over aficionados, Miel uses the Origami brewer. So, whether you’re seeking the perfect workspace, a green sanctuary, or an exceptional pour-over coffee, Miel beckons with open arms, promising an unforgettable journey into Bali’s coffee and natural beauty.

Miel Canggu

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