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Nyethe, one of many undiscovered culture in Indonesia

When you go to Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, then you will hear an unfamiliar Indonesian term which is ‘nyethe‘.
Nyethe‘ is an activity of painting the cigar’s body with coffee dregs. Yes, you always hear painter paints on a blank canvas or papers, but this is new and unique, right?

The culture is born in an ordinary local coffee shop, where people come to sip a cup of black coffee or ‘kopi tubruk’, or smoking, and have a chit chat. (See this post to know more about it)

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Some of the visitors have the skill to do the activity of ‘nyethe‘. He uses the coffee dregs and a toothpick to paint the cigar’s body. It looks easy to do it but it turns out that you need patience and creativity, or you will end up scribbling randomly.

You can now see the market opportunity too, right? The amount of smoker and coffee drinker in Indonesia is pretty high. Investing in the coffee is wise since one Indonesian can drink coffee as much as three times a day. You can count that by at least 10 million people.

(See this video about a person who do the ‘nyethe‘ with a spoon, not a toothpick)

Indonesian people can be considered to be very uniquely creative, aren’t they? They can invent such an activity of art with no big cost at all, but of course, the danger of smoking and drinking coffee too much is still there.
Well, that’s the uniqueness of Indonesia.

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

‘Kopi Tubruk’, the black coffee that glued Indonesians together

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.

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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.

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It really is all about getting together, watching a football competition in television, sipping the coffee while playing chess and having a chit chat.

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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‘)

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The sharp trap of hell in Indonesia

There are many markets or business opportunities that are still unseen or hidden from most people’s eyes.
Indonesian people, however, are very keen on seeing them.
Like an artisan coffee seller with bicycle, not long after that, there comes an herbal drink seller with bicycle.
Or the growing-to-be-famous online shop with unique stuffs.

But, there are some people who create the opportunity in the wrong way, like these people mentioned in this post.
Flat tire issues do not always happen, so these people are actually experiencing a great deficit.
So, what do they do? They scatter nails on the road or the street not far from their patch-up places.

The nails collected by officers from the street

The nails collected by an officer from the street

Try to drive in a 30 km/hours, and pay careful attention to the street.

If your vehicle got the nail, don’t panic and try to pull over after you are sure it’s safe, and take the nail. If you insist on driving, the tire can tear and become worse.

When you get your tire patched up, watch carefully because often they will sabotage your tire and make it worse. Thus, you have to pay more to change to a new tire with the price ranging from IDR 30.000 to IDR 45.000 ( $US 3 to 4,5).

The officers from a community once collected 300 kg worth of nails just in the area of Central Jakarta.
Some streets that are usually scattered in nail are the Daan Mogot, Hasyim Ashari, Medan Merdeka Utara, Senen market area, Pulogadung area, and Cawang area.

(See this video below about the nails scattered on the street to Soekarno Hatta airport)

Sure, it is great to be able to create the business opportunity which means more income or benefits. But doing it with this kind of act is really unacceptable, isn’t it?

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

The downside of convenience stores in Indonesia

Convenience stores are now everywhere and in every corner of the world.

Indonesia can now be said as a country with a million mini markets or convenience stores, and in the future will be a country with a million malls.

They are everywhere in Indonesia. Well, they are convenient but the convenience come with the downside.
It is that the service is too rigid and formal. People come in, take what they need, go to the counter, and pay for them. There are chit chats sometimes, but it feels like it’s just for formality.
It is the same with malls. The service is no different compared to convenience stores. What is worse, they are growing rapidly in numbers. It’s not weird to see two competitive convenience store side by side.

Though, it’s not that weird to see the growth since they are quick to pick up the trend in Indonesia. The convenience stores use the concept of mini market and a cafe. Indonesian people welcome it as youngsters love to hang out with their friends.

But, the formal and rigid service really wastes the kindness and warmth of Indonesian people. You can not find this kindness in those malls or convenience stores.
If you want, you can find it in a ‘warteg‘ (warung Tegal or Tegal stalls). Basically, they sell food and drinks with a very cheap price if compared to convenience store and malls. Fried rice, instant noodle, coffee, iced sweetened tea and other kinds of food can be found there with a fair price.

It is here where you can find kindness, having a chit chat with Indonesian people. The food is not bad too, although you might need a stomachache medicine like Norit because your stomach need to get used to Indonesian food.

(See this video below about a ‘warteg‘)

Sadly, the numbers of ‘warteg‘ are decreasing. It seems Indonesian people are moving towards efficiency rather than socialization. Such a waste for Indonesian’s kindness, isn’t it?

Another way to enjoy coffee in Jakarta

People love coffee. This addictive drink is believed to wake you up from sleepiness, or help you stay awake in the late night.
Basically, coffee consists of caffeine which tastes a bit bitter. The caffeine itself has reaction to stimulate brain’s work. As a result, the drinker would kind of having more energy or battery.
Moreover, there are some ways people choose to enjoy the coffee.

In Indonesia itself, many coffee shops can be found to fulfill the urge of coffee lover and comfortable ambiance within the time spent on. This offer a tempting option such as free Wifi, and friendly barista/waiter/tress. However, for some people, enjoying coffee does not need to be that complicated. In certain coffee lovers’ eyes, differentiating a tasty coffee is a simple problem. No need to go to a big and famous coffee shop such as Starbucks or Coffee Bean, which actually cost a lot more expensive.

So what to do? An artisan coffee with bicycle and complete coffee stuffs is the answer. As simple as the equipments they bring, the process of making the coffee will not let buyer wait too long. It costs less expensive, as well. Regardless of the coffee, the artisans prefer to use local coffee which is sold per sachet. Look at that, Indonesia still holds #1 on coffee taste around the world.

This kind of artisan coffee plays a pretty important role in Jakarta. As it is well-known that Jakarta is crazy at a traffic jam, the artisans can sell their coffee to those who is in a need for a cup of coffee during gridlock. Thus, they do not have to visit those famous coffee shops to enjoy the coffee.

Nowadays, the business of artisan coffee is growing. It can also be seen since the demand is also increasing. We can look for the artisans in busy or crowded places where people passing at most of the time. Supardi, one the artisans, has once been interviewed on TV about the business. He said that to run this coffee business, it only cost less than IDR 50.000 (around 5 US$) for the equity each day. The income he could earn is around IDR 20.000-30.000 (around 2 – 3 US$), depends on the occasion happens around their place. He also confessed that the target of buyer is certain. Most of them are in a hurry or waiting for traffic and news (applied to media people). If it can be counted, there have been more than 100 artisan coffees in Jakarta spreading throughout protocol areas.

(See this video to see the coffee drinking habit, and the artisan coffee with bicycle)

At the end, there is always a side option for enjoying coffee, isn’t it? The taste with those famous coffee shops can be compared in particular aspects, especially on time effectiveness and cost. Drinking coffee from the artisans is somehow interesting anyway. Since it is sold in the street, the drinker can witness some moments while drinking the coffee. Thus, we only waste our little energy to catch our coffee for boosting energy. Coffee is a coffee? Yes, indeed. The effect will be the same, so why we do not choose to buy coffee from the artisans?

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

Stay at your home for VIP culinary service

Most of your daily routine would be going to market to buy groceries every morning, cooking food for lunch and dinner, then repeat again for tomorrow, right?
So, what would you do when you are getting bored with the routine, or maybe you are too tired to cook?
You will try something new, you will go eat outside, have some dinner at some fancy restaurant or cafe, or trying the new local restaurant, or maybe just ordering pizza or Mcd or KFC to your house, won’t you?

Well, if you are in Indonesia, you don’t need to order food to be delivered BECAUSE the food will come right to your house.
Just wait in your living room and keep your ears open. Sooner or later, a sound like “tac tac tac” can be heard.
Satay, noodle, fried rice, kebab, burger, rujak (fruit salad), siomay (dumplings), batagor (fried tofu and meatball), pempekand even coffee so you don’t need to go to Starbucks.
All of them will come passing your house, and all you need to do is to call them by clapping your hands.

Furthermore, you can also see them cooking in front of you. A very VIP service, isn’t it?
One thing you must remember, though, is that you have to use your own cutlery. You must not use their plate, spoon, fork, chopsticks, or knife at all.
Why? Because they only use 1 bucket of water to clean all their cutleries over and over, so you can imagine the diseases like diarrhea, hepatitis, and others can happen any time.

Also, you need to have a stomach medicine because there is a big chance that you will not get used to Indonesian food easily.
(I suggest ‘Norit’ because my foreign friend got his stomachache cured quickly with it)

(See this video to see a pretty skillful fried rice seller, you might see this by your own eyes someday if you come to Indonesia)

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