Kopi Joss – The Famous Charcoal Coffee from Java [Interview Video]

Try to imagine this: A coffee and charcoal float! Huh, what?!

Then, touch the charcoal…. Ouch, it’s burning hot!

Yes! That is the KOPI JOSS!! The famous charcoal coffee from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Hot, strong, and sweet coffee with a burning hot coal right from the furnace, floating in the coffee!

This charcoal coffee was invented by a local man, “Man”. No pun intended! Mr. Man, or “Lek Man” in Javanese language, first made kopi joss around the 60s or 70s, and now it’s a famous drink from the famous Indonesian city of palaces. When we were in Yogyakarta a few months ago, I chose to have my birthday dinner in the famous food stall that sells this coffee “Angkringan Kopi Joss Lek Man” and got the chance to chat with Alex. He is the successor of Man, now retired from serving coffee because of his age.

Alex told me a lot of things about this special charcoal coffee. How Lek Man invented this coffee for the first time, how it got famous. He explained that the coffee is not just coffee, but it’s a remedy for gastrointestinal problems. During our chat, he showed me how to prepare this unusual but also delicious coffee. My favourite part was when he grabbed the red hot charcoal directly from the furnace, and dropped it to the cup of coffee. The red hot charcoal squeals angrily and protests with its hissing noise, jossssss….!!!

Curious? Go ahead and watch the interview above!

Watch the video with Indonesian subtitle

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4 Responses to “Kopi Joss – The Famous Charcoal Coffee from Java [Interview Video]”

  1. Sabina
    10 November 2011 at 2:11 am #

    This is really interesting! Doesn’t the charcoal burn your mouth when you drink the coffee? Or does it somehow cool off right away? And is the coffee already hot or is it the charcoal that makes it hot? I would love to try this :)
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  2. Sabina
    10 November 2011 at 2:13 am #

    Oops! I didn’t watch the video. I can see that my questions might be asked there. Never mind!
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  3. trev
    10 November 2011 at 2:38 am #

    that’s got to be some crazy tasting coffee. I’d imagine it’d be the perfect hangover cure, go for the caffeine hit and then you could down the charcoal to soak up some of the toxins in the belly :) haha. love it!
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  4. Indah Jelita
    3 December 2014 at 1:32 am #

    Nice post and images!
    You have to explore more places in Indonesia.
    Keep writing and goodluck. ;)


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