The espresso “Gayo” martini was inspired by Indonesia’s traditional favorite drink of all time, kopi tubruk, which forms the foundation for the selection of Aceh Gayo coffee beans as the base of this classic yet exotic beverage. The bean was chosen by Arnold Rozacques for its earthy characteristics and balanced acidity, which complements the other ingredients in the drink.
“I was inspired to create a unique beverage that goes with my personal philosophy of utilizing as many local ingredients as possible to put forward the refined flavors of Indonesian produce. This martini is also perfect for the identity of The Dharmawangsa Jakarta as an Indonesian luxury hotel,” said Arnold.
For Arnold, it was quite a challenge to pair caffeine and alcohol in a balanced beverage. Coffee has acids, sugars, waxes and oils, while martinis are a refined mix of brandy and liqueur.
There was always a risk of throwing everything out of control. However, when mixed with the right measurements, it resulted in a delicate balance of coffee bitterness subtle sweetness, rounded out by signature brandy flavors. Arnold said the drink was best accompanied with fritters such as fried cassava or banana.
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