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The Coffee-Drinking Culture of Bangka and Belitung

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  1. Warung Kopi Legendaris Tung Tau/ The Legendary Tung Tau Coffee Shop

  2. Warung Kopi - Manggar, Belitung/ Manggar Coffee Shop

  3. Warung Kopi Legendaris Tung Tau/ The Legendary Tung Tau Coffee Shop

  4. Es Jeruk Kunci, Minuman Khas Bangka Belitung

  5. Lempah Kuning, Kuliner Khas Bangka

  6. Kopi O, Warung Kopi Legendaris Tung Tau

  7. Mie Koba, Kuliner Khas Bangka

  8. Otak-otak Kuliner Khas Bangka/ Otak-otak (Culinary of Bangka)

  9. Anak-anak Bermain Gambus/A Group of Children Playing Gambus

    Photo Courtesy : Ari Ekot (KOMFOS)
  10. Martabak Telur Bangka

    Photo courtesy : Elka Lesmono (Komunitas Fotografer Sungailiat, Bangka Belitung)
  11. Martabak Manis Bangka

    Photo courtesy : Elka Lesmono (Komunitas Fotografer Sungailiat, Bangka Belitung)

 

Overview

How does one judge the flavor and aroma of a coffee? Everyone has a different taste, a different style. Every coffee shop has its own secret recipe; its own crowd. Some say coffee itself is as personal as a religion.

 

A small glass sits in front of you. Clear, dark coffee, and reflecting rays of light across the table, that is just big enough to accommodate four guests. A little cramped, you might say, when compared to a more modern café in Jakarta, yet the intimacy and simplicity of the surroundings remain unmatched, seemingly unchanged from the ambience held within these selfsame walls many, many years ago.

 

At the mention of the name Tung Tau, every citizen of Pangkalpinang will know you are referring to the renowned coffee shop on the island of Bangka. Pangkalpinang is an ancient city and capital city of the province of Bangka Belitung. Waroeng Kopi dan Roti Panggang Tung Tau (Tung Tau’s Coffee and Toast shop) is just one of many coffee shops originally started by Chinese from Guangzhou who had migrated to the islands during the tin mining era.

 The coffee-Drinking Culture of Bangka - Indonesia Travel

 

Strolling along Jalan Sudirman, probably the most active area in Pangkalpinang, one might think the city to be fairly modern. Stepping in to Tung Tau’s place, however, is like being transported back in time. Tung Tau’s café is a family business, bearing striking characteristics to being in China Town. As you are seated, a waiter will immediately offer you a menu. While the design may be modern, the plates bear distinct resemblance to Malay and Chinese dishes from the 19th and early 20th century. A steaming cup of coffee in front of you beside a small plate of sweet toast, there is nothing left to do but revel in the beauty of the simplicity of life’s small pleasures. The café is open to guests throughout the night and day, and is always bustling with activity. The shop was first opened in 1938 by a Bangka resident of Chinese blood, named Fung Tung Tau. Since then, the coffee shop has become an important part of the island’s culture and heritage.

 

Bangka is derived from the word wangka, which means tin. Indonesia is the second largest tin producer in the world after China. Since the first miners arrived in Bangka, coffee drinking has always been a part of their daily life, making this an island of tin as well as coffee.

 

Served in your standard coffee shop, you’ll find Coffee O (black coffee,) The Tarik (milk tea,) and an assortment of tasty toasts to complement. Soft, but wholesome fibered bread is topped with egg, cheese, or sweet pineapple jam.

 

Bangka’s sister island of Belitung is also among the tin-producing islands and holds a similar coffee culture. The streets of Tanjung Pandan, Belitung’s capital, are lined with numerous roadside cafes. One of the popular ones is the coffee house on Gang 60.

 

Located on a side road off Jalan Sriwijaya, this stall is just a small shop without anything out of the ordinary. In fact, it is simply a place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and enjoy the togetherness of the community. As an important part of the Belitung community, it is common knowledge that any big news will be discussed at the coffee shop, making a coffee house almost the fastest place to hear the latest news or gossip. Established in 1945, the coffee house may be small, but exudes a warm and friendly atmosphere filled with the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans. Like most coffee houses, this one has been passed down from father to son and will in turn be passed on to the next.

 

In Manggar, another town on the eastern coast of Belitung, coffee shops are probably the most common business, their numbers exceeding the number of mosques, temples or churches. Because of this, the city of Manggar is also referred to as “The City of 1001 Coffee Shops.” Take a stroll down Jalan Bioskop Mega and pop in to any of the coffee houses along that road. With good quality coffee and exceptional cleanliness, the city of Manggar is relaxed and friendly, making any visitor to the island feel at home.

 

Here are a few coffee houses to visit in the three major cities of Bangka Belitung Province.

Some coffee places that need to be visited :

 

1 . Coffee and Toast waroeng Tung Tau ( www.waroengtungtau.com )
> Muhidin road no. 87 - Sungailiat , Bangka. Sungailiat is approximately 45 minutes by car or motorcycle from the capital city of Pangkalpinang. It is located on a street corner and is often visited by culinary celebrities. It was founded in 1938 by Fung Tung Tau and has been carried on by his descendants since then.

>  Jalan Sudirman No. 74. Pangkalpinang, Bangka. On a vibrant street lined with souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes, this coffee shop offers a change of atmosphere and a comfortable place to relax.

> Jalan Hamzah Depati, Sembung Lama, Bangka. Not far from Pangkalpinang, this coffee shop still maintains the atmosphere of a bygone era, yet with a modern touch.

2. Kingkong Kopitiam. Jalan Sudirman. Pangkalpinang, Bangka. Not far from Tung Tau.

3. Kopi Taman. Jalan Bali, Pangkalpinang, Bangka.

4. Teras Kopi Gotaji. Jalan Wahid Siddik, Pangkalpinang, Bangka.

5 . Belitong Timpo Duluk - Jalan Mat Daud , Kampung Parit , Tanjung Pandan , Belitung . With a traditional home setting and stylish design, Timpo Duluk Coffee is sure to liven up your day.

6. Warung Kopi Gang 60. Tanjung Pandan, Belitung. A simple shop for a cup of coffee and a chat with  local residents.

7. Kopi Belitung Rumah Kata Andrea Hirata. Jalan Laskar Pelangi, Gantung, Belitung Timur. Set in a 200 year old house, once belonging to Andrea Hirata, writer of Laskar Pelangi, this coffee house is open to be enjoyed from morning till evening.

8. Kedai Kopi Atet. Manggar, East Belitung.

9. Warung Kopi Kongfu. Jalan Jen. Sudirman No 41. Manggar, East Belitung.

10. Warung Kopi Angi – Jalan Jend. Sudirman no. 43, Manggar, Belitung Timur.

11.Warung Kopi Ali  - Jalan Masjid Agung Assalaam. The oldest coffee house in Manggar.

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