A night with 10 thousand cup of coffee

If you are a coffee lover, I think you must come to this Indonesia travel destinations. A place to taste different vibes of drinking coffee. More than that, it’s not just about coffee. It’s about kinship, culture, and warmth mixed in one cup of coffee that you can only find here!

Ngopi Sepuluh Ewu is a festival of drinking coffee that I found when I came to Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia. It is the Osing tribe’s tradition to have coffee together. And the great part is that it is free! Located at the foot of Mount Ijen in a cultural village named Desa Wisata Adat Kemiren. Where the Osing tribe lives. It is only 15 minutes from the center of Banyuwangi.

I was wondering how the Osing tribe is. And it turns out that this native tribe of Banyuwangi was very friendly and welcomed me and everyone. So they are the ones who will serve you coffee at the Ngopi Sepuluh Ewu Festival. The meaning of Ngopi Sepuluh Ewu is to drink ten thousand cups of coffee. So there will be ten thousand cups of coffee served for free! No wonder that I met a lot of coffee lovers from everywhere at this festival.

The village was conjured up, where the yards of residents’ houses became cafes for tourist destinations. Each house took out their table and chairs and put them in their yard for visitors. They also decorate their homes with traditional items typical of the Osing tribe. The festival begins at 7 p.m. and is usually held once a year, in late October or early November. Traditional bamboo torches were lit along the village road for more than 1 kilometer, presenting “the nostalgic atmosphere of old nights.” The hosts of the Osing tribe will invite you to stop by their yard to drink coffee and enjoy traditional snacks of the Osing tribe for free. You will see how generous they are.

The atmosphere of warmth and kinship in this village made this place my favorite place to visit on vacation. The Osing tribe grows their own coffee and then processes it traditionally. There are some various types of coffee that I found there, such as arabica, robusta, and house blend coffee. You will see how the mothers of the Osing tribe roasting coffee beans and pounding them before serving them in a special cup. You will be served coffee in identical coffee cups that every house also owns because it is a hereditary cup that is owned by every Osing tribe. And while enjoying a cup of typical Osing tribe coffee, there will be a stage showing the cultural arts of the Osing tribe. Various traditional dances typical of the Osing tribe are accompanied by a variety of traditional musical instruments. There is a difference in taste between having coffee alone and having coffee with other people. Especially “having coffee with the friendly Osing tribe.” Just make sure you do not miss it!