Banda Aceh is the coffee paradise. Uniquely, although this city is not a coffee-producing area, you can find various coffee concoctions in this city. Various coffee shops, using traditional and modern concepts, can be the options. The amazing view of many coffee shops can be seen on each protocol road.
There are various types of coffee dishes you can try while visiting this eight centuries old city. One of them is the Arabica variant. This variant of coffee is mostly loved by coffee lovers nowadays, because it offers a different taste of sensation. In addition, this coffee variant is also safe for stomach. It because the acid content in Arabica is lower than the Robusta.
This coffee grows at an altitude of 700-1700 masl in Gayo highlands. This region includes three regencies namely Central Aceh, Bener Meriah, and Gayo Lues. Bitter taste in Arabica coffee blends is lower, making it taste more ‘friendly’ for your tongue. However, if you want more sweet sensation, you can combine this coffee with brown sugar or pieces of palm sugar.
Yet, if you like lighter coffee taste, Sanger Arabica can be a great option. Sanger is typical Acehnese coffee blend that one-third of it contains by sweetened condensed liquid. It can be an option for those of you who are not a coffee maniac.
Its creamy flavour is giving the different sensational taste while enjoying the coffee. The combination of its sweet-bitter taste and delicious smell of the coffee will tempt your sense of smell. Making you surrender for it instantly.
Wine coffee is a new variant of Arabica coffee. But don’t get it wrong. Even though, it is called wine, this variant of coffee has not contained alcohol at all.
This new coffee variant was the result of experimental from a coffee farmer in Gayo. This coffee grows at an altitude of 1500 masl so its skin become thicker. Therefore, this coffee contains more water than the original Arabica coffee.
To produce wine coffee, the coffee that has been picked must be dried longer than the original one. It takes about 30 to 60 days. All depend on the weather. The process that takes a quite long time make the extracts of coffee fruit perfectly absorb into the coffee beans. Hence, the fermentation results in a flavour of coffee which just like wine.
When you make an order of this wine coffee, do not rush to sip it. Give your olfactory an opportunity to smell the fresh and tasty aroma of the coffee. Enjoy this coffee slowly, sip by sip, so you can feel its wine sensation. It is suitable as medicine when you get tired of a solid daily routine.
Wine coffee can be found in the coffee shop around Banda Aceh, which provides Arabica coffee. Only by IDR 15000, you can already enjoy this aromatic and delicious coffee wine.
Reporter: Munawar Hafizhi
Editor: Ayu ‘Ulya