Have a sip of hot aromatic Aceh’s coffee and visit the cocoon of one of the world’s best. Hardly can you find a place in Indonesia like Aceh when it comes to coffee. It is a long held tradition that blends with daily necessity where people in and around Aceh translate it into coffee drinking habit in the province’s ubiquitous coffee houses. Although Takengon of Central Aceh is dotted with numerous coffee plantations and factories, Lamno in West Aceh is said to be the country’s best coffee producer.
Lamno has a unique story. Portuguese army was once fled from a defeat battle in Malacca strait, and ended up in Lamno. The King Daya at that time captured them. Realizing the help was never going to come, the Portuguese soldiers surrendered and embraced Islam voluntarily. They live like the locals since then. Acehnese accept them as one of theirs until today, although they romanticize them with a special moniker, ‘The Blue Eyes’. Only two elderly ‘Blue Eyes’ are left after the 2004 tsunami; Jamaludin Puteh known as Lelaki Putih or the white man, and 80-year old Cut Pudo.
Best known for its Arabica coffee beans, Aceh contributes 40% of Indonesia’s coffee production. The coffee houses in Aceh are second to none when it gets down to coffee preparation. The baristas who never go to formal or even special trainings, serve the coffee differently from any other coffee makers throughout the region in the nation. The coffee is brewed through multiple filtering until desired consistency, making it much more aromatic, smooth, clean tasting, and having a robust effect. The best thing about coffee drinking in Aceh is the grand meet-ups among friends and relatives. It’s a tasteful experience with a touch of cultural blend.