Among the numerous coffee shops that are lately booming in Jakarta, Common Grounds Coffee Roaster stood out as one of the best. It has Yoshi Tanu (Indonesia Barista Champion 2014) and Iwan Setiawan (Indonesia Latte Art Champion 2014) among its baristas. Although I haven’t had the privilege to have my coffee prepared by them, from my several visits, I can say that my coffee and food have been consistently top notch.
Located at Citywalk Sudirman, Common Grounds Coffee Roaster is offering coffee and brunch experience. The place itself is not large, but well separated between smoking and non-smoking areas (the smoking area is a bit hidden in the back). It has a clean design with an impressive coffee bar placed in front of the premises. Nowadays, the place is usually crowded, especially if you go there on weekends.
The coffee orders are prepared at the espresso bar and filter bar. The espresso bar boasts the Slayer espresso machine, while the filter bar behind it serves manual brew using either v-60, chemex or aeropress. The selection of coffee beans are quite varied with local and imported beans. So far, I’ve tried their cappuccino 30K and Gibraltar 30K from the espresso bar, both were very nice, but my favorite one is still the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe brewed using V-60. It was light, fruity with balanced acidity.
One thing that makes me keep coming back is their brunch. I think they serve the best smoked salmon frittata (baked egg, capsicum, truffle oil) 65K. I order it in my every visit and always ended up eating all by myself (I didn’t even want to share with SC). Besides that, I’ve also tried their tuna nicoise salad, California Roll Burger (150gr grilled beef patty, crab-mayo patty, avocado, toasted buns) 80K, eggs benedict (English muffin, sautéed asparagus and Hollandaise sauce) 65K, huevos rancheros con rendang (fried egg, tomato puree, Mexican rice) 65K, butcher’s wife steak and egg (150gr sliced hanging tender, herbed potatoes, cherry tomatoes) 95K, Tunisian shakshouka (sunny side up eggs, tomato reduction, spiced beef sausage) 60K. All of them were delicious.
Common Grounds Coffee Roaster
City Walk Sudirman 1st fl.
Jl. K.H. Mansyur No. 121
Central Jakarta 10230
ph. +62(21) 2555 8963
Monday – Sunday: 8AM – 10PM