Jl Petitenget 8A, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
If you take your coffee seriously and love live music then you need to visit Pison Coffee. This Asian-Western cafe fuses a bit of Bali with a bit of Sydney and a whole lot of passion.
Owner, Arlini Wibowo, opened Pison Coffee in late 2014 with a focus on great coffee, good food and live music. Having worked in hospitality for a while, Arlini decided to hone her skills and study hospitality at the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School in Sydney. After graduating with newfound knowledge, she headed back to Bali to open Pison Coffee.
The name comes from the Bible – the ‘pison’ (meaning river) flows to the land where gold is. Arlini hit the golden jackpot by following her passion for coffee and food, and is now sharing this discovery with others.
First and foremost you’ve got to sample the coffee. Indonesia is a paradise for coffee lovers with an abundance of home-grown coffee beans. Sumatra coffee beans have a distinctive taste that come from being grown at high altitudes and the result is a slightly sweet and syrupy espresso that is renowned the world over. Pison Coffee uses these local beans to create its house blend, while also offering Sumatra Bluebatak as a signature single origin.
One of Pison’s signature drinks is the ‘Espresso Avocado’. Avocado juice has long been an Indonesian staple but Pison Coffee takes this refreshing drink a step further by adding a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and pouring a shot of espresso on top. If you’re after something a bit more traditional, there’s always the classic affogato – a popular choice during Bali’s hot steamy days.
The exceptional fare more than matches the quality of the coffee. Pison’s food menu offers Asian-Western fusion dishes, as well as some traditional Balinese favourites. Try the crispy pork belly fried rice – it’s generously served with a side of prawn crackers and fresh organic vegetables sourced from Bedugul.
As you would expect from a live music venue, there’s also an adults-only drink list. Being a specialty coffee shop, it’s hard to look past an espresso martini, but the revolving wine list, which features both local and international drops, may just tempt you away.
The interior reflects the fusion menu. The bar features traditional Balinese carved wooden details with modern Edison light globes throughout. While there are plenty of Balinese features, the exposed brick walls wouldn’t look out of place in one of Sydney’s top cafes. If you just want to sit back, have a drink and listen to the music, there are plenty of comfy couches to lounge around in.
Pison Coffee is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner so there are plenty opportunities to visit this one of a kind venue. Stop by for a live gig, a quick bite to eat or a long night of drinks – it’s totally up to you.