Bengawan Solo Coffee,a truly home grown coffee chain, started as a company who sell a good quality Arabica coffee beans. Bengawan Solo Coffee company has more than 30 years experience in selling coffee beans and coffee roaster. The company then became a local coffee shop when Bengawan Solo Coffee opened their first outlet on Mei 2003 in ITC Kuningan.
As a local Indonesian coffee shop, Bengawan Solo certainly use the local coffee beans from plantation in Indonesia homeland. To ensure that the coffee quality is maintained, the selection of coffee beans in Bengawan Solo is conducted strictly.There’s an extensive range of coffees like Toraja Kalosi from Sulawesi, Mandheling from North Sumatera, hingga kopi dari perkebunan di North Java. Theres a shelves stacked with origin coffee beans near cashier, and you can take some home of this coffee with you.
Starting from the first outlet that carries the take away concept with push-cart model outlet, Bengawan Solo Coffee now has turned into an in line store and island store, with 30 stores nationwide. Two of their outlets that I often visited is in mall Kota Kasablanka and Kalibata City.I stop there once in a while to do a bit of work and have a good cup of coffee, because of the nice atmosphere and free wifi of course. I also usually come with friends because these two outlet perfect for Ngombe Kopi.
The design of Bengawan Solo coffee shop in Kota Kasablanka was simple and clean with some Indonesian ornament like old scales at the table on the corner of the room. The outlet in Kalibata City smaller and not much decoration, but it clean and pretty comfortable.
I’ve tried hot cappucino couple weeks ago in Bengawan Solo Coffee Kota Kasablanka, and this time I ordered another basic hot coffee which is Vietnamese coffee alit (IDR 22K). Hot cappuccino is more light and mild with a nice smooth milk foam, while this Vietnamese hot coffee is more strong and bold with a slightly sweet taste from the sweetened condensed milk. All the drink in Bengawan Solo come in three sizes alit (small), sedeng (medium), ageng (large).
Besides hot drink I also ordered icy drink for my mom and brother. Since my mom are avocado fans, she choose Java Avocado alit (IDR 35K) and my brother choose Vietnamese ice coffee alit (IDR 22K). This Java Avocado are the favorites among Bengawan Solo Coffee customers, its creamy, rich with avocado taste dominated the drink.
We also ordered Risoles (IDR 25K) for snack. One portion contain two pieces risoles it filled with mixed minced chicken and vegetable ragout. For food Bengawan Solo coffee served Indonesian style snacks such as pisang goreng, pastel goreng, and singkong goreng in most of their outlet.
In collaboration with Bank Danamon, Bengawan Solo held the program ” Danamon Coffee for Free”. By paying using a credit card or debit card from Bank Danamon, we can get a discount up to 50 percent, or even free. This program will began in December 2015.
Bengawan Solo Coffee also launched a membership card. With BSCC card (Bengawan Solo Coffee Card) we can get a 10% discount for every drink purchase and Buy 1 Get 1 free every 18th of each month.