Afternoon coffee time at Bedono’s legendary Kopi Eva

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Kopi Eva, Tjipto Café
Outdoor coffee shop with a modern and open design. Photos: Caecilia Linggarjati

IO – Situated along the side of the highway connecting Yogyakarta and Semarang, Kopi Eva is not just a coffee break; this restaurant and coffee shop has been around since the 1950s. Kopi Eva recently started its modern coffee shop with an open design to capture the new generations.

Kopi Eva, Tjipto Café
Named after the owner of Kopi Eva, Tjipto.

The legendary Kopi Eva in Bedono, Central Java, is nicely preserved as it has always appeared. The classic touch of the restaurant is presented in the tiles and the toilet. Besides coffee, guests can also enjoy the delicacy of the legendary Gudeg Manggar.

The spacious hall is completed with long dining tables and chairs where families love spending time and crowding the restaurant. Kopi Eva is famous among travelers stopping by and resting in the middle of their trip between Yogyakarta and Semarang.

Kopi Eva, Tjipto Café
Tjipto Café is surrounded by a vast courtyard.

Tjipto Café, a new coffee shop, has been in the back yard, since last year. It is named after the owner of Kopi Eva, Tjipto. “The coffee shop is named after Pak Tjipto, who lived up to the age of 102,” said the barista of the café.

Tjipto Café is surrounded by a vast courtyard, dominated by trees; colorful birds in cages are decorating and adding to the lively atmosphere of the café, which visitors often take pictures with.

An interesting sugar glider cage is placed at the other side of the café. Not only that, but a cage of squirrels and a few birds add an attractive sight. Although the two animals a different species, they seem to get along well.

Kopi Eva, Tjipto Café
The barista offered a variety of snacks to accompany coffee.

Unlike Kopi Eva, which maintains its classical style, Tjipto Café offers a wall-less, outdoor coffee shop with a modern and open design, perfect for guests enjoying the cool weather of Bedono. The coffee aroma fills the open air as visitors go up the stairs, enticing all coffee lovers.

In contrast to the cool weather of Bedono, the wooden-dominated room warms up the afternoon nuance of the cafe. Despite the place being an exciting spot for anyone’s social media’s photo updates, once a cup of hot Cappuccino arrives, it will draw your attention from the décor and focus on your coffee. The Cappuccino comes with a cookie and is carefully served on a tray made of a wooden plank.

The Cappuccino
The Cappuccino comes with a cookie and is carefully served on a tray made of a wooden plank.

Bedono is eminent for being a coffee-producing area in Central Java. Coffee lovers can also take home the coffee powder in lovely small packages.

The barista offered a variety of snacks to accompany coffee. Aside from cakes and breads, traditional food is also available. We ordered a plate of fried mendoan (thinly-sliced Tempeh fried in thick savory batter) as a snack. Although we waited for quite some time, by the time our freshly hot-fried mendoan came, it was worth the wait after all.

You can come and order coffee at Tjipto Café anytime you please. However, a booking reservation is needed for a large group of visitors to dine in at Kopi Eva and Tjipto Café.

If you ever pass by Kopi Eva on your trip, stop by and have a hot sip of coffee at Tjipto Café!