Birmingham already has a great selection of independent coffee shops. I’m thinking of Yorks, Quarter House Coffee, Waylands Yard and Damascena, as my favourite places for a quality brew. Now added to that line-up is Ngopi – Birmingham’s first Indonesian coffee shop.
Ngopi means ‘let’s have a coffee’ in Indonesia. The country is renowned for its high quality beans and is the fourth largest producer of coffee in the world. The majority of Ngopi’s coffee is made using the Indonesian bean, Toraja Sapan, which is roasted in-house.
As well as the drinks, take a look at their menu too for the bakwan (vegetable fritters) curry puffs and martaba (stuffed pancake) which make a light and tasty lunch.
Originally from Jakarta, Ngopi owners Birama Gladini and his wife Elmira Hamdi previously ran a coffee shop there for three years. They moved to Birmingham so that Birama could complete his Enterprise Systems Management MSc at Birmingham City University and thought that this would be a great location for their new business after he graduated.
Birama Gladini said: “We are staying to our roots and offering a modern yet authentic Indonesian feast, to fill the void of dedicated Indonesian cafes or restaurants in the Midlands. We hope that everyone, including locals and Indonesians living in the UK, love what we have to offer.”
Ngopi coffee shop
56 Dale End, The Square Shopping Centre, Birmingham
Open 7.30am – 4.30pm
Photo credit: Birama Gladini by Birmingham City University