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Bali’s Cafe Culture Gets An Exciting Boost

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Cafes in some of Bali’s most popular tourist destinations are about to get a huge boost. The local government is funding a group of new students in barista training through the island’s hospitality schools.

Cafe culture in Bali is thriving, and in such a competitive market, everyone is hustling to be the best of the best. 

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This current intake of barista training courses will welcome 28 local participants to help bring more job opportunities to young people and boost the quality of service and skill on offer at Bali’s cafes. This is one of many times the course is set to run in the coming years.

The training is taking place in Badung Regency, the administrative region home to some of Bali’s most popular destinations, including Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Canggu, and Uluwatu. 

The Head of the Badung Regency Office for Small Business and Trade, I Made Widiana, said that the training is designed to help boost the skills of young people already working as baristas and those who want to find work in Bali’s thriving cafe scene. 

Widiana said, “Coffee shops are trending now; even coffee maniacs are pretty good. Young people also really like hanging out in coffee shops, so we from the service in charge of facilitating provide training to broaden their horizons.”

He added that the participants will also be given resources to learn more about the wide range of coffee available in Bali and around the country in a move to promote Balinese coffee to international audiences.

Widiana was also proud to share that participants will be given support to set up their own coffee shops and coffee-related businesses and that the Regent of Badung, I Nyoman Giri Prasta, has given his blessing for the investment to be granted. 

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Widiana said, “We will subsidize the interest, which means we will facilitate credit at one of the banks. We will work together later on. The interest will be paid by the government, so it will be connected, and it will be very light. This is what we are currently discussing.”

This is great news for tourists and travelers heading to Bali. The cafe and coffee scene on the island is alive and thriving, and to see investment in more local talent will only introduce more innovation and flair to the hospitality sector. 

Bali has an overwhelmingly impressive food culture; from fine dining establishments to traditional street food, from coffee shops to Mediterranean-inspired lounges, the food and beverage sector is in a state of constant evolution. 

Many of the coffee shops in Bali that are popular with tourists have clearly been influenced by the coffee culture of suburban Australia and even Europe.

Yet, there is such cultural depth to Indonesia, and Bali especially, that can be explored through coffee.

Whether the locally grown coffee beans of Kintamani or the rare and fruity beans of the Gayo Highlands in Aceh, tourists can take a tour of Indonesia just though sipping on coffee.


Bali is home to some of the best baristas and coffee connoisseurs around. Baristas in Bali take real pride in their craft, and there is big but friendly competition within the community.

One of the most popular and highly regarded coffee shops in Bali right now is Ubud Coffee Roastery, which has a cafe in the heart of Ubud on Jalan Gautama Selatan and another in Penestanan Kaja.

Ubud Coffee Roastery is attracting a loyal fan base of coffee lovers who return morning after morning for a cup of 100% Indonesian arabica. 

Down in Canggu, Revolver Espresso is a mainstay of the cafe scene, serving up high-quality coffee and a cozy, super fashionable cafe. They also have cafes in Seminyak, Petitenget, and Bali Airport too.

BGS Coffee & Surf Shop, with cafes in Canggu, Uluwatu, and Ubud, not only serves up impeccable coffee but all the good vibes to match. 

For a taste of real Bali coffee direct from the source, be sure to head up to Penelokan Main Road in Kintamani.

This long street is lined with world-class coffee shops, which all serve up Kintamani coffee that is grown just meters away.

What really makes Penelokan Main Road special is that all of the cafes look out over Mount Batur and, on a clear day, even offer views of Mount Agung. Definitely not to be missed. 

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Friday 16th of June 2023

Dear I Nyoman Giri Prasta.

Repair the roads.


Wednesday 14th of June 2023

Bali's coffee is absolutely superb! If you haven't tried Luwak cofee, you absolutely should . Kopi Luwak is an ABSOLUTE MUST DO when I'm Bali


Tuesday 20th of June 2023

@Exp, PS. There's a whole generation who weren't born when the movie Bucket List was released.


Tuesday 20th of June 2023

@Exp, There are sources in Bali and elsewhere in Indonesia where the luwak are not caged and force fed. Yes, products from these 'factories' should be avoided. You raise a quandary. Do we not eat beef, pork, chicken or eggs, as free range in Bali is almost unheard of. Cattle are tethered or in simantri stalls, pigs in small concrete styes, chickens factory farmed. I'm not endorsing such animal husbandry. My observation. The number of luwak outlets has dramatically decreased. Probably because their product and presentation was inferior. Also like so many other fashionable, must do things they get replaced by something else on the list. There are still places where you can buy, drink and experience not just the beverage , but the process of ethically produced kopi luwak.


Friday 16th of June 2023

@Solo57, You are aware of how the "Luwaks" are caged and treated?

Wayan Bo

Wednesday 14th of June 2023

Not even to compare with coffee from Brazil and coffee in Brazil.