As I have mentioned in this post, the strong sense of equality and togetherness along with the tradition are what makes Indonesian people get together just to hang out and chit chat.
It is also the same reason to why Indonesian people gather at a local coffee shop.
Coffee drinkers are greater in numbers than tea drinkers in Indonesia. All around the country, the coffee market has been ruled by Starbucks, Coffee Bean, Bengawan Solo, and many other brands. They taste good, but something is different about those brands which cannot be felt unless you come to a local coffee shop.
Yes, it is all about getting together and comfortable with your friends. Something you cannot do in a classy typical Starbucks place unless you want to be seen as a villager who does not know how to behave in a city.
‘Kopi Tubruk‘ (clashing coffee or colliding coffee) is the most favorite coffee to accompany them. The brewing is simple and fast. The price is also cheap, which is only about IDR 3.000 ( US $ 0,3 ) in a local coffee shop. They are made by pouring boiling water into a cup filled with coarsely grounded coffee and sugar, which then comes out internationally as black coffee, and yes, the dregs are still there. It is different, however, from an instant coffee that comes in a sachet.
It really is all about getting together, watching a football competition in television, sipping the coffee while playing chess and having a chit chat.
There is also no rule. The customers can freely lay down, playing chess or cards for hours, no dress code required (you can even come with no tops on), you can laugh out loud, or even sleep until the next sun rises and the owner wakes you up.
This culture of drinking coffee in Indonesia is thanks to the Dutch who introduced coffee in the 17th century. Indonesia was seen as a heaven for coffee plantation thanks to its perfect climate and soil to cultivate the bean. Now, Indonesia ranks the 4th for the largest coffee producer in the world.
(See this video about an Indonesian person making a ‘kopi tubruk‘)
(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)