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Jakarta Post

Enjoying local 'mud coffee'

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, May 10 2008   /  10:34 am

Kopi tubruk literally means "collision coffee". The concoction can be found in many parts of Indonesia, particularly in Java and Bali. Sources say kopi tubruk stems from a similar recipe brought over by traders from the Middle East, where it is known as "mud coffee." Kopi tubruk is the simplest recipe for preparing coffee. To make a cup, one needs to add two teaspoons of ground coffee and sugar according to one's taste. Next, pour in boiling water, and let it "cook" the coffee for a while until most of the grounds have settled to the bottom. Some say kopi tubruk needs finely ground coffee, while others prefer coarsely ground. Most Indonesians, however, buy the common coffee brands from any given warung (locale store). Devotees say the key to proper kopi tubruk is in the water. Hot water from water dispensers is often not hot e...