Khop Coffee, a Unique Sensation of Upside Down Coffee Glass in West Aceh

For you coffee lovers, you must try a variety of traditional coffee. Khop coffee peculiarities, coffee that is brewed manually and has a unique presentation are very interesting for us to know. One of the best coffee producers in Indonesia is Aceh. Let’s get acquainted with Khop Coffee!

Aceh has been called “City of a Thousand Coffee Shops”. Who doesn’t know Aceh coffee? Everyone will immediately remember Gayo Coffee. The best coffee produced in Aceh are from the Gayo highlands in Bener Meriah, Aceh Tengah and Gayo Lues.

There is a unique way to enjoy a glass of this coffee in the city of Meulaboh, West Aceh. Actually the brewing process of this coffee is the same as other brewed coffee in general, it’s just the presentation is unique. The name Khop Coffee means coffee face down. The Khop Coffee is known in the area of Ujung Kareung Village, West Aceh Regency. Unfortunately the habit of drinking this coffee began to fade because of the spread of modern coffee shops. But the uniqueness of this coffee makes coffee drinkers in the city of Banda Aceh begin to give it another glance. Not only to local residents, tourists also visit this place.

Khop coffee is served in a glass that is positioned reversed on a small plate. The tip of the straw is clamped into the glass. If the coffee is cold, the coffee powder and ice appear to float at the top of the glass that is face down. Khop coffee which is processed from raw materials of Robusta coffee can also be enjoyed hot, it’s just that the drink must wait until it’s rather warm first. When you see the Khop Coffee presented like that, you must be confused, how do you drink it? The trick is to put the end of the straw into a glass, then blow slowly until the coffee comes out around the glass. After the coffee comes out and fills the small plate, just suck the coffee using a straw!

If you don’t use a straw, you can drink it straight from the plate. Lift the plate then the coffee that seeps out is slowly sipped. This method must be done carefully so that the coffee does not spill. Remember, don’t let the coffee powder come out of the glass because the coffee would not taste nice drunk with the powder floated around it. If you don’t understand how to blow and drink this coffee properly, the rather coarse coffee powder will come out, especially if the glass is lifted. How? How do you drink it? Whether it is easy or difficult will be answered after you try it.

History of Khop Coffee

According to a story, Khop Coffee was created because of the habit of the coastal residents in West Aceh who liked to drink their coffee for a long period of time. Once the coffee is ordered, they drank a sip then leave to work at sea. To keep the coffee warm and not contaminated with dust and dirt, the glass is reversed. So when the coffee drinker returned after fishing in the sea, he can still enjoy his coffee again.

It is said that the way to present Khop Coffee is also inspire by the national hero’s hat originating from the local area, Teuku Umar. This method has been around since the colonial era or when Teuku Umar was a guerrilla.

It is said that the way to present Khop Coffee is also inspire by the national hero’s hat originating from the local area, Teuku Umar. This method has been around since the colonial era or when Teuku Umar was a guerrilla.

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