My Experience Drinking Gayo Wild Luwak Coffee

Since I was a kid, I have been hearing about Luwak Coffee (civet coffee). The most expensive coffee in the world. When I googled it recently, it was sold about $35 to $80 a cup in the USA. In Solo, my small city in Indonesia, one of my favorite cafes sells it 4 times more expensive than a regular cup of coffee.

Recently I accidentally found one of my favorite coffee roasters sold Gayo Wild Luwak Coffee. The price was 50% cheaper than Luwak coffee sold by other roasters. The prices of Wild Luwak coffee beans here are from $8.87 and $18.47 per 100 gram. But, this roaster sold it for $4.80 per 100 gram. So, I decided to buy it. I felt hesitant because there was a Japanese friend who tried Luwak coffee before and she said that it didn't taste different from regular coffee. I read on some coffee forums the same conclusions. But, when I visited several sites that sell Luwak coffee and read the testimonies from the buyers, I was curious. Some buyers said that Luwak coffee was different f…

Indomie Vintage Limited Edition Review

This year Indomie will celebrate its 45th anniversary. To celebrate it, Indofood is selling Indomie vintage limited edition. It was first sold on Jakarta Fair (Pekan Raya Jakarta). Corporate Marketing Indofood, Fierman said to Kompas Travel during Jakarta Fair in July 2017, that they sold hundreds of Indomie vintage limited edition.
Indofood sold two versions of Indomie Vintage limited edition. First version has a huge package, sold for Rp 30.000 ($3). This version has 10 packages of instant noodles inside a big goody bag. The second version is the mini version contains 6 packages.

There are three flavors with classic designed packages: Chicken broth flavor (marketed in 1972), chicken curry flavor (marketed in 1982) and Mie Goreng (fried noodle) (marketed in 1982).

I bought the mini version on Indomaret, one of local convenient store chains here for Rp 16.900 (around $2). Apparently this vintage edition now is sold online as well. A friend of mine said she bought it on Alfamart, the …

The Gedheg Dripper Apparently is Called as Cur

Previously I wrote about gedheg dripper, a coffee dripper made by bamboo webbing. The photo of this dripper was shared by several Instagram accounts like @manual_brewing. There was no information about the price or how the creator used it.

Now, I got some new information from another Instagram accounts. It seems one Instagram account uses this dripper regularly. The account, @kopiapik uploaded several photos of this dripper. It's called Cur. I don't know why the name was chosen as its dripper name. But I assume “cur” has anything to do with how Indonesians call the sound of water dripping. I mean when water is dripping from various objects, the dripping voice in Indonesia is called “cur”. Does it make sense?

KopiApik posted a photo on its account that explained the idea of this dripper. “Before the conical coffee dripper was made by Japanese in 1950s, our ancestors (Indonesian ancestors) had already made their first coffee dripper. But Java (maybe it talks about what is known…

Will Gedheg Dripper Become Indonesian's Unique Coffee Dripper?

This morning when I was scrolling my Instagram feed, I found something interesting. One of Instagram accounts I followed, @manual_brewing regrammmed an interesting photo. It was regrammed from an account The photo was about a homemade coffee dripper called gedheg dripper. The caption was written, “Gedheg dripper. Inspired by v60 dripper, with local wisdom material: bamboo webbing.”

Yes, the dripper was made from bamboo webbing and it looks like v60 dripper for most coffee lovers. Sadly, there was no information whether this dripper will be sold. Nor there was no information about the brewing results using this manual tool. From the photo, we can conclude that it used paper filter as well. From the comments on both accounts, some Instagram users expressed their intentions to buy and had this dripper. But sadly, both accounts couldn't give more explanation. Of course we cannot blame both of them, my attempt to find more information from Google couldn't give satis…

Who Is The Creator of Indomie Taste?

Most Indonesians have Indomie as their favorite instant noodles for generations. Indomie itself comes with various tastes, from Indomie Goreng to soup beef. Well, most Indomie taste is based on Indonesian traditional foods. Of course, Indofood as the company behinds Indomie needs some processes to create tastes that similar with the foods for their instant noodles. Research and development division of course is responsible for this process. But do you know who is in charge of the division? It's Nunuk Nuraini.

She has responsibilities to create ingredients and tastes for Indomie. She graduated from Padjajaran University, Bandung, Indonesia. She was learning food technology in the university and likes to cook. Thanks to her education background and her hobby, Nunuk Nuraini can create various delicious taste for Indomie, which has been exported to various countries in the world.

“The ingredients should be processed with the oil. The onions, garlic, chilies and sometimes coconut milk …

Learning To Listen To God, My Experience Part 1

Recently, I am reading a book titled “Walking With God” by John Eldredge. One lesson that is taught on the book is that God is speaking using various channels including speaking to our hearts. This is a part of intimacy that God wants each of His child to practice and build in our daily lives. John gave several simple practices and examples from his own experiences. He also wrote that the main filter to examine if the voices we hear in our heart is from God or not is the Bible.

The first to build the habits to listen to God speaking to our hearts is to ask His will about simple things in our lives. Or in other words, we should start small and simple. And I have been practicing this, probably for one or two weeks. John encouraged us to ask God what part of Bible He wants us to read. The reason is of course because God can use certain passages on Bible to speak to us specifically.

So, I tried to practice this and asked God, “Lord, what do you want me to read from Bible today?” I faintly …

How God Answered My Prayer Was More Than I asked

“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.  I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.
Isaiah 41:17-18Two months ago, I lost my side job. The owner told me that she couldn't pay me and other writers because the cost was too high. She didn't have sponsors to fund her site. The maintenance cost was high and I guess the earning from the ads couldn't cover it. My heart sank because I needed the money.  I had planned how I would manage my finance with the money. But then,  things went south. To be brutally honest,  my main job couldn't cover some of my needs.  The salary only enough to cover the basic.  I could survive with the basic but I wanted to help my parents and youngest sister.  I feel it is my responsibility. Also I had planne…