How do you like your coffee? Extra black or creamy with milk? Hot or iced? Or served upside down, perhaps?
Wait, what? Yes, you read it right, coffee lovers, Indonesians actually have a traditional way of serving cups of upside-down coffee!
But if you think that it’s just another marketing strategy again, then you’re wrong. The unique type of coffee serving called Kupi Khop, which can be enjoyed with the cup or glass placed upside down on a plate and the drink being sipped through a straw, is officially declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage (WBT) of West Aceh Regency and its history can be traced back centuries ago.
“If you ever find yourself on the West Coast of Aceh, in Indonesia, you owe it to yourself to enjoy a Kupi Khop coffee. The unique serving method alone makes it worth a try, as even if you don’t enjoy coffee, you can at least share it on Instagram or on whatever other socials you prefer. Kupi Khop consists of coarsely ground robusta coffee brewed in a glass that is then turned upside down on a glass saucer. A plastic straw is then used to gradually extract the coffee from the glass without it spilling uncontrollably,” Oddity Central noted.
There is actually an important reason why the fishermen of West Coast of Aceh started upside-down coffee.
“Of course there is a special reason why this coffee from the West Coast of Aceh is served with an upside down glass. As it turns out, the philosophy of serving Khupi Khop with an inverted glass comes from the Acehnese habit of lingering while drinking coffee. The reason is, when the fishermen of the West Coast of Aceh are sipping coffee, they have to stop for a moment to look for fish first. To keep the coffee warm and not dusty, it is served upside down. Coffee with an inverted glass will also be safe from exposure to dust and maintain acid levels in coffee. Coffee with an open glass of acid levels will quickly increase and this is not good for health,” Blurt Latam explained.
In recent years, the unique way of serving coffee has also been adopted by other countries, like the one being served in a restaurant in Bacolod, Philippines.