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Jakarta Post

Baristas weather the storm by exploring other talents

Mon, May 11, 2020   /   02:58 pm
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    Kadek swirls froth milk into a cup of coffee in a café in Gianyar, Bali. JP/M Azis Dicky

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    Kadek has always been passionate about tattoos. JP/M Azis Dicky

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    Kadek draws a pattern on the arm of a customer. JP/M Azis Dicky

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    Aside from working as a barista and tattoo artist, Kadek also offers a face-sketching service through his Instagram account. JP/M Azis Dicky

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    Buana works at his café in Kuta, Bali, amid the virus pandemic. JP/M Azis Dicky

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    Buana believes that he can ward off the virus by exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. JP/M Azis Dicky

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    Buana teaches the basic moves of pencak silat through his Instagram account. JP/M Azis Dicky

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    Buana has practiced pencak silat since high school. JP/M Azis Dicky

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    Even though he quit his job as a barista, Imam still has a passion for coffee. JP/M Azis Dicky

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    Imam spent one year’s worth of savings to build a small motorcycle workshop. JP/M Azis Dicky

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    Imam installs parts of a wheel at his workshop in Bali. JP/M Azis Dicky

M Aziz Dicky

In between his shifts as a barista at a café in Bali, Kadek earns extra money by working as a tattoo and sketch artist.

The 24-year-old now relies on his side jobs more than ever as the coronavirus pandemic has weakened the island’s tourism economy, including its dining and café sector.

Kadek, who hails from Bali’s southern region of Klungkung, is among many baristas who has felt the pinch of Bali’s economic slowdown. Some try to explore different activities to make ends meet, or simply to fill their free time. 

Buana, a 21-year-old barista, shares his passion for the martial art of pencak silat by streaming tutorials through his Instagram account.

Back in his hometown of North Sumatra, Buana had competed in several pencak silat tournaments.

Meanwhile, another barista, Imam, has quit from his job at a café.

His love for drag racing led him to build a small motorcycle workshop.

However, this new venture does not mean that Imam has abandoned his passion for coffee.

Imam, who hails from Banyuwangi in East Java, hopes that one day – when life returns to normal – he can combine both of his passions by opening an automotive-themed café. [yps]