Seniman Coffee Studio

Coffee with Art and Style in Ubud

If you’re looking for more than a great cup of Java while in Ubud, simply wander off the busy main road and into Jalan Sriwedari. Here, Seniman Coffee Studio serves specialty single-origin coffee from over five different regions in Indonesia, prepared using siphon, pour-over drip, hand-pull and Italian espresso brewing methods. ‘Artist’ in the local tongue, Seniman is a great stopover where you can enjoy great brews in cosy, artistic interiors with in-house designed furniture and ‘up-cycled’ glassware. There’s a wide selection of beans and designer items for sale at its adjacent store too.

At front there’s a snug little outdoor balcony, and step through the carved wooden doors you’ll find Seniman’s brewing bar, a length of solid whitewashed wood with peculiar lab-like apparatuses on top, later to be revealed as brewing siphons. Behind the bar hangs a blackboard bearing insightful diagrams of ‘The Architecture of Coffee’, and Seniman’s iconic rocking chairs (modified plastic chairs fixed with curved wooden bases) line the front. It’s a great spot to learn about the craft and process of brewing, and to wordlessly rock away while enjoying the results.

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Brainchild of two partnering Aussies, well-known contemporary artist Rodney Glick and marketing expert David Sullivan, Seniman Coffee Studio teaches coffee lovers about the beverage and everything that goes into making a good cup of it. If neither of the two are there, local barista and Seniman icon Brian will be busy behind the bar, looking cool with his fedora hat, and poring over the siphons and hand-pull espresso machines.

On the other side of the studio there’s a glass-top table and a counter serving Indonesian cakes and traditional Balinese desserts, such as the shredded coconut coated and palm-sugar filled ‘kelepon’ balls, or the ‘jaja bantal’ sweet sticky rice cakes – delightful morsels served with every coffee you order. There are so many kinds to choose from, both iced or hot, but the decision is made easy if you use the handy diagram which basically lists the selection, from tangy and fruity ‘lighter roasts’ to the full-bodied, sweet and stronger ‘darker roasts’. The latter has most options, including Seniman’s espresso, macchiato and affogato besides the single-origins from Sumatra, Sulawesi, Bali, Java and Papua.

Your orders are served on uniquely designed and colourful wooden trays with perfectly cut cavities that hold the cup, two cake treats, and water in a glass made out of an ‘up-cycled’ bottle and base. Seniman also offers a menu of traditional Indonesian cuisine from all over the archipelago, prepared and presented with a twist, together with a selection of drinks from specialty teas and healthy juices (served in recycled glass jars) to beer and wine. As they are constantly exploring and experimenting with their coffee brews and food, you can constantly expect new offerings.

Seniman also holds workshops at its studio twice a week comprising introductions, tastings, roasting and brewing demonstrations. If you want to give those coffee siphons a try at home, head into the Seniman Store to buy one, which also makes a perfect gift for the caffeine addict in your life. There are heaps of other quirky coffee items inside, such as the recycled glassware, apparel and fashion accessories, aromatic body scrubs made from organic coffee and the wide array of premium single-origin beans, packaged in fresh sealed foil bags.

Seniman Coffee Studio

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 19:00
  • Location: Jalan Sriwedari, Ubud
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 972 085
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