Aceh province in the westernmost of Indonesia is called Serambi Mekah or the Veranda of Mecca. This because people there are known to be devout Muslims. However, Aceh is also popular with its traditional coffee shops or coffee stalls As a coffee producing area, there are two types of coffee cultivated in Aceh, namely Arabica and Robusta coffee. Arabica coffee is generally cultivated in the highlands of Tanah Gayo, Southeast Aceh and Gayo Lues. Whereas in Pidie District especially Tanse , Geumpang and West Aceh, Robusta coffee type is more dominantly developed.
Gayo coffee is famous for its savory bitter taste and sharp aroma. In the highlands of Gayo there is a way of drinking coffee, passed down from generation to generation called Kopi Kartup or Kertup coffee. Basically, it means drinking hot black coffee with pieces of palm sugar or brown sugar which is supposed to enrich the taste of coffee.
The term Kertup comes from Aceh language which means to bite or being bitten. To enjoy a cup of Kertup coffee you must first put a piece of palm sugar into your mouth. Chew it slowly or let the lump melt in your mouth to mix the fainttly bitter taste of coffee with sweet palm sugar. Feel the sensation of a mixture of liquid coffee and molasses of palm sugar, and the taste of caffeine that meets palm sugar in the palate, it feels very unique. The sweet taste produced by palm sugar is different from the ordinary white sugar or sweetener.
Today Kopi kertup or kertup coffee from Gayo is a little hard to find in Aceh except in some coffee stalls managed by people from Gayo who preserve the tradition of drinking this coffee. Yet, if you want to try Gayo-style kertup coffee you can do it yourself as long as following the ways.
Choose original coffee powder from Gayo which is now widely sold and packaged nicely. Why Gayo Coffee? This is none other than to get the taste that is not much different from the original Kertup Coffee from Gayo, Aceh. First you need to boil the water, then pour approximately 100-120 cc to 1-2 tablespoons of coffee. Do not pour the hot water at once, but divide it into two pours. The first pour is about a quarter of the water, let the coffee powder dissolve nicely first, then stir without using a spoon, just turn or spin the glass or cup. After it mixed evenly, pour the remaining water. Set a few moments for the aroma to come out. Rough coffee powder will be come above the surface, lower or drain it using a spoon. Wait a while, then the kertup coffee is ready to be enjoyed. Do not forget to prepare the sugar palm. You’d feel the Unique sensation immediately.
Drinking a cup of Kertup coffee is another way to enjoy brewed coffee. The presence of brown sugar or palm sugar is guaranteed to add rich taste of the coffee on your tongue.///anna trijajakasih