Between Two Journeys

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From my travels in Asia, I do not bring back any more memories, except tea and coffee. Indonesian coffee, like Vietnamese coffee, is excellent. The drink is black as the night, tasty, full-bodied.

Since my return from Bali in late July, my morning coffee is Balinese. I finish waking up to smell the scent of my kopi Bali, which I sip in small sips.

Kopi Bali

The coffee, or koffie in Dutch, the language of the settlers, is said kopi in Bahasa Indonesia. F, unpronounceable for Indonesians, become P (France, Frankrijk, so gave Inggris, pronounced "p'rane-tchisse"). Since 1935, Kopi Bali is even a brand.

In the restaurants in Bali, if there is no espresso machine and to avoid the infamous Nescafé, it is therefore necessary to specify that you want a "kopi Bali", a Balinese coffee. In France, we would rather talk about Turkish coffee: boiling water is poured directly on the coffee powder, ground very fine. After stirring the sugar, you have to wait a little and let the grounds fall back to the bottom.


Every morning, since my return, I continue to prepare it the Balinese way, leaving my coffee machine and its filters behind. The aroma of the coffee seems more pronounced. It is ground so finely that it stays well at the bottom of the cup. No need to worry about dipping your toast in it.

Of course, I miss the tropical environment to go with it. And instead of going diving after my Bali kopi, I go to work... Nothing is really the same anymore. The taste remains, the nostalgia too.

  Between Two Journeys

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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  1. I like this little article about coffee...
    As a little "bourgeois" I drink a Nespresso coffee that I make thanks to the little capsules that cost the skin of the ass... But who can resist the beautiful George? (ad) "Nespresso... What else?"
    I'd have to go to Bali to save money... on coffee!!!
    Big kisses... and courage for the after coffee... because, whether it's Nespresso or Kopi Bali, the after coffee remains the same for both of us: GO BOSSER!!!!

  2. Yes, but at the end of long weeks of kopi+work, for you as for me, there will be in principle a new departure for Asia... (What else?)

    It motivates!

    1. Hello,
      I went to Bali in November 14 and I brought back some kopi, but I don't like it too much, I still have a big pack and a small one if someone is interested, I give them...

  3. I just came back from Bali, I went diving (glop glop manta rays !!!) and it's first on the diving boat that I discovered this excellent coffee infinitely superior to the usual nescafe. I have exactly the same pack of coffee as the one on the picture and I'm dreading the moment when it will be empty. Do you have any idea how to get it in France? I'll try at a burner.

  4. Kopi Bali forever! <3
    I come back from Bali and enjoy my coffee...until'by the time the package is finished. In that case I'll go back to Bali! 😉

  5. Ditto for Balinese coffee!
    Do you know where to buy them in Paris (I finished the one I brought from Bali)?

    1. @Alexandre: I don't know, I live in Rennes... Maybe ask in a store specialized in coffee and tea, they will surely be able to inform you. If you find a good address, don't hesitate to come back and share it here 😉

  6. I am nostalgically tasting my little kopi and while looking for a store where I could find some in France I come across your article which makes me smile .... What a comfort to drink it, it prolongs a little more these beautiful vacations.