Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
Video Weather icon 30°C
DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
30°C Partly Cloudy

Dry and mostly cloudy throughout the day.

  • weather-icon


    26℃ - 32℃

  • weather-icon


    25℃ - 32℃

  • weather-icon


    25℃ - 31℃

  • weather-icon


    26℃ - 30℃

Who really owns the word ‘kopitiam’?

  • Lutfi Rakhmawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, February 27 2012 | 08:00 am

PREMIUM People from Sumatra, Singapore or Malaysia may raise their eyebrows after hearing that an Indonesian restaurateur has the intellectual rights to the word kopitiam.

Kopitiam, a generic word for a coffee stall, is a legacy of the Peranakan Cina, or Chinese who migrated to Malay-speaking lands.

In terms of gourmands, the word is a portmanteau of kopi, which means coffee in Malay, and ti...