07 November 2022

Nine Specialty Coffee Shops To Visit in Canggu, Seminyak & Jimbaran

Welcome to the second part of my Bali speciality coffee guide, covering the coffee shops and roasteries I visited in Canggu and Seminyak (as well as one in Jimbaran) and their sub-districts, such as Berawa and Petitenget. Five minutes into my first coffee shop visit and I was already regretting not having more space in my suitcase to bring back some more coffee souvenirs, so I devoted myself to enjoying the coffee while I was there instead. And enjoy it I most certainly did!

This map also includes the coffee shops I visited in Ubud and as usual, my very favourites are marked in purple (and with an asterisk in the list below), while dark blue icons are for the coffee spots whose sister locations I visited during my time in Bali.

Bull's Coffee (Jimbaran)

When I was staying in Jimbaran, I was in meetings all day and at dinners all night and had almost no time to leave the hotel. Luckily, one of my colleagues mentioned that Bull's Coffee, just across the road from the hotel, was a good place to check out and I was able to pop in just before I left for the airport. Bull's Coffee serves both espresso-based drinks and hand-brewed filter coffee but as I was in a bit of a rush, I opted for a piccolo. Brewed with an espresso blend from Brazil and Java, the piccolo was very nice too. There are a few tables inside the café — I sat here to take advantage of the air con — and a few more on the patio at the front.

Bull's Coffee is located at Depan InterContinental Bali, Jl. Uluwatu I No.105. Website. Instagram.

Expat Roasters (Seminyak)

Expat Roasters was one of the speciality coffee companies already in my Google Map when I started researching my trip to Bali. Established in 2017, Expat works directly with Indonesian producers and farmers, especially those based within 40 km of the roastery. The sleek black-accented café-roastery is located in the Petitenget neighbourhood of Seminyak. I had got caught in a rain storm and was relieved to sink into a seat opposite the counter where I could cool off while contemplating my coffee order.

I ordered a piccolo, which was brewed with the Nomad espresso blend of Biji Kopi and Bubuk Arabika. The coffee had lovely caramel notes when brewed with milk. I was also in need of sustenance and the hazelnut and espresso gelato I had was delicious. Expat also serves V60 pourovers and there was some energetic coffee training taking place at the table next to the counter while I was there.

I was also very to find single-serve instant coffee sachets for sale — there was no room in my suitcase for the very cool canisters of beans, but I could squeeze in a couple of sachets.

Expat Roasters is located at Jl. Petitenget No.1a. Website. Instagram.

The Farmer Brews (Seminyak)

'Farm to cup' is a common phrase within the coffee industry and The Farmer Brews really does live up to it. Their coffee comes from the family farm in Desa Belantih in the Kintamani region of Bali. It's then roasted and brewed up in their café in Seminyak. Even the rain storm couldn't detract from the view over the adjacent rice fields, but my attention was focused on the coffee, which was excellent.

If you're in the mood for a filter coffee, you can choose from seven different brewing methods (including Siphon and Origami), each of which can be served hot or cold. And then you need to choose which processing method you'd prefer for your coffee — naturally, I went for the naturally processed brew, and it was delicious, with the fruity flavours coming through nicely as the coffee cooled. The Farmer Brews also has a great all-day food menu. The staff were all incredibly welcoming too.

The Farmer Brews is located at Jl. Drupadi No.21. Website. Instagram.

Hungry Bird Coffee (Canggu)

Hungry Bird was the closest speciality coffee shop to my hotel in Canggu and it was also one of my favourites of my whole trip to Bali. The café is a relaxed, airy space with plenty of seating around the counter, as well as the on-site roastery. I'd had a long journey from Nusa Lembongan and was in dire need of a long coffee drink. I ordered a pourover after choosing the Kerinci HarRo coffee from Sumatra from the list of nine Indonesian and three overseas single origins. The Kerinci was just my kind of natural — juicy and sweet with notes of clementine and pineapple. It tasted even better as the coffee cooled.

When I visited I was a hungry bird so I also ordered a nasi goreng, which was the perfect comfort food. My only disappointment was that they didn't sell bags of beans small enough to fit in my case. However, when I showed up for the first day of my meeting later in the week, I was delighted to find that Hungry Bird was brewing up the coffee for us — the lovely baristas even remembered me from my visit (probably because I was the annoying person taking lots of photos). By the time I left Bali, I'd sampled several more single-origin filter coffees from Hungry Bird and some excellent espresso-based drinks: check out the latte art on my flat white! And big congrats to the Hungry Bird team who just won the ASEAN Team Barista Championship!

Hungry Bird is located at Jl. Raya Semat (Jl. Segara Perancak) No.86. Website. Instagram.

Lusa By/Suka (Canggu)

After an enjoyable visit to Suka Espresso in Ubud, I was pleased to happen upon its sister location, Lusa By/Suka a few blocks away from my hotel in Berawa. 'Lusa' is the Indonesian for 'the day after tomorrow' but luckily, I didn't need to make a reservation in advance of showing up for dinner. The spacious café-restaurant is set over two floors, with a similar design to the Ubud café. There is an epic food menu with brunch dishes, sandwiches and salads served until 3 pm, and then pasta, Neapolitan pizza and various other mains available in the evening. I had spring rolls followed by a very good margherita, before capping off the evening with an excellent espresso brewed with the house espresso blend.

Lusa By/Suka is located at Jl. Pantai Berawa. Website. Instagram.

Milk & Madu (Canggu)

I didn't have any opportunities for brunch while in Ubud as my hotel provided a substantial breakfast, so I was keen to pay a visit to Milk & Madu in Berawa. The large, airy café was bustling during my visit on a Wednesday morning but I didn't have to wait too long for a table. I started with a piccolo, brewed with Milk & Madu's house espresso blend, Beans by the Brotherhood. As for brunch, there is a huge range of options on the menu. I kept it simple and ordered the Madu: poached eggs with hollandaise sauce, avocado, bacon, rocket, onion jam and sourdough — filling and delicious! If you're there later in the day, there are burgers, cocktails, pizzas and much more besides.

Milk & Madu is located at Jl. Pantai Berawa No.52. Website. Instagram.

MR. SISTĀ (Canggu)

On my last morning in Berawa, I had time for one last coffee stop and MR. SISTĀ was a great place for it. I'd spotted the café, which opened in February 2022, from the window of a taxi the day before. The décor is beautiful and understated, like being in the living room of a very stylish friend. I also love the front espresso hatch, accented with succulents. The coffee is excellent too: I had a piccolo that was immaculately brewed with an espresso from Expat Roasters. They were out of pineapple juice so I ordered the 'Steve Jobs' from the cold drinks menu — you can probably guess what fruit that was made from! They also have delicious-looking pastries and a tempting brunch menu.

MR. SISTĀ is located at Jl. Tegal Sari No 2. Instagram.

Revolver (Canggu)

Revolver has been around since 2012 and now has three locations in Canggu and Seminyak. It was the sleek and shiny Canggu café that I visited. At its centre is a very cool counter where the coffees are brewed and the cocktails are shaken. There's a big all-day food menu too, but I'd already eaten lunch when I arrived so I limited myself to a piccolo with the house espresso blend. It was impeccably brewed and tasted delicious, with the latte art lasting all the way down to the bottom.

The café occupies several rooms and there's also an adjoining shop selling coffee beans and a variety of very cool monochrome merchandise.

Revolver is located at Jl. Nelayan No.5 (and other locations). Website. Instagram.

Ruko Cafe (Canggu)

I came across Ruko Cafe (pictured in the lead photo for this post) when looking for somewhere close to my hotel for breakfast on my first morning in Berawa. Located just a few minutes' walk from Berawa Beach, Ruko retains a surfy feel in its décor and approach and a very Aussie breakfast menu. I'm a sucker for brekkie buns and Ruko's is particularly good, with hash browns, bacon, fried egg, BBQ sauce, bacon, cheese and bacon jam. My piccolo was excellent too, brewed with an espresso blend from Brazil and Aceh.

Ruko Cafe is located at Jl. Pantai Berawa No.99. Facebook. Instagram.

I didn't have time to visit Anomali Coffee or Pison Coffee in Canggu or Seminyak but I did visit their sister locations in Ubud.

Read my other Bali blog posts: Munduk; Ubud speciality coffee guideUbudNusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida; Canggu & Seminyaktwo weeks in Bali.

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