“Coffee is the best company,” says Budiono Ali, owner of Aslan Coffee. Born in Indonesia, Ali has combined his passion for the roasted bean with a strong connection to his homeland to bring coffee from the Indonesian archipelago to the area of St Peter’s.
From the hefty bags of coffee beans spread around the cafe, to the enormous Roastmax coffee-roasting machine in the back corner, Aslan unmistakably focuses on coffee. “We always have three different types of coffee brewing,” says Ali. He explains that outside Sumatra and Java, most people know very little of Indonesian coffee. “There’s more to it, we want to highlight all Indonesian coffee,” Ali says.
Alongside Flores and Sumatera coffee currently brewing, Ali recommends Aslan’s guest coffee, Sulawesi Toraja. Wet hulled and sun dried it has a heavy body and earthy characteristics.
The breakfast menu offers everything that constitutes a hearty start to the day – avocado or chorizo bruschetta and, of course, bacon and eggs. Ali recommends the already-popular breakfast bun. It has crisp bacon, fried egg, rocket, tomato relish and sweet chipotle aioli and is served on a Japanese bun.
The lunch menu consists of burgers, such as the slow-roasted pulled-pork burger, served with slaw and chips. The kitchen also has a number of specials available from 8am. Try the Mediterranean hotpot of grilled vegetables, poached egg, dukkah, feta cheese and sourdough bread.
Aslan aims to be recognised as the ambassador for Indonesian coffee in Australia. “We want to serve coffee that is just a sip away from the origin,” says Ali. Aslan is currently working with Indonesian farmers to source beans directly.
For Ali, coffee is nostalgic; the smell of a freshly brewed cup brings him comfort. “I can recall so many quality times spent over a cup of coffee with my friends and family,” he says. “I hope that our bold cup of coffee can empower people to cherish their loved ones and to make a positive difference in the world.”
1 Council Street, St Peters
Mon to Fri 7am–3pm