Kawa Daun, The Joy of Coffee Leaves Blend With Tea Taste

Kawa daun

Coffee generally derived from the coffee beans and processed into coffee powder. Actually, this coffee comes from the leaves of coffee. How come? 

Kawa Daun, The Joy of Coffee Leaves Blend With Tea Taste 

This coffee named Kawa Daun Kawa, derived from the Arabic qahwah, which means coffee. Kawa daun made from steeping the leaves of coffee.

Kawa daun boiled until lightly browned then add milk or sugar. Previous coffee leaf is smoked (roasted) to dry. 
Kawa daun

This minang drinks sold at a relatively affordable price that is between Rp5.000,- up to Rp10.000,-. 

Uniquely, this coffee is served in a coconut shell. The drink presented in a unique way that uses coconut shells as a substitute for glass. If a visit to Payakumbuh or Tanah Datar, you can feel the sensation to enjoy this coffee. 
Kawa daun

Coffee flavor is very similar, such as tea, coffee with a distinctive aroma. Kawa daun feels good when accompanied with bika cake, lemang and fried banana. 
“The taste very similar to like tea” said Jo.
Based on the story, this drink has been popular around the mid-nineteen century. When the Dutch applies the forced cultivation of coffee in West Sumatra. The coffee beans that grown by the people, should be submitted to the Dutch, to be sent to Europe. 

People who miss the taste of coffee, then brew the leaves, like brewing tea leaves. Therefore, as an alternative society cultivate coffee leaf so that they can keep enjoying coffee from their land.
“It’s my pleasure to drink a coffee with a colonial era sensation”  said Ogek.
Well, in the Payakumbuh or Tanah Datar, West Sumatra, you can try to blend flavors of tea at Kawa Daun. This coffee is unique because in its processing does not use coffee beans, but the coffee leaves.

Coffee leaves that have been picked, smoked out to dry. After that, by using a bamboo tube inserted coffee leaves with hot water. Staying given sugar, then kawa daun ready to be serve. 

Here is the process of making kawa daun:

  1. A coffee leaf that has been plucked, smoked dry. 
  2. A coffee leaf that has been dried and then boiled. Proportion: a quarter of a kilogram of  dried coffee leaves, boiled with eight liters of water. 
  3. After boiling, let stand for 15 minutes. 
  4. Remove and serve kawa daun, with sugar or palm sugar to taste. 

Note: A quarter kilogram dried coffee leaves can produce 50 shell drink kawa daun

Kawa daun

Kawa daun

Kawa daun

Kawa daun

Kawa daun

Kawa daun

Kawa daun

Kawa daun

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Review: Garuda Indonesia Economy Class, Medan to Jakarta

Garuda big bird
A 6.30am reminder for a 7am pickup to Kualanamu air terminal for a 9am flight. With next to no movement on the streets at this dull hour, I was at the air terminal at 7.45 am for an aggregate taxi toll of Rp40.000,- .

With just my lightweight stuff, I checked in for the 9am Garuda Indonesia flight to Jakarta and headed through security. There were numerous shops were open, so after a few laps of the flight's lounge I held up until loading up started. 

A snappy stroll down a few stairs and I headed over the landing area to my holding up Boeing 737-800. As the sun ascending high, a few travelers were taking photographs of themselves before the glimmering white flying machine. 

Up the forward stairs and onto the plane I was warmly welcomed by a lodge team part once locally available this generally airship. 

Delicate green seeds and cocoa headrests were lovely looking, similar to the private television screen (AVOD) in each seatback blazing between 'Welcome Aboard' and 'Make the most of Your Flight' in both Bahasa and English. 

The flight left over the focal Sumatera island, Riau with the crowded oil palm ranch. The homogenous sea of green found in the photo above from what I found on the plane that day. They were still a significant dynamite sight to see from the air. 

A breakfast box was served alongside a decision of juices, water, tea or espresso. 

Inside the case was a jug of water and a cheesy breakfast move on a sweet bread. It was delicate and flavorful and very delightfu 

The commander furnished us with a smooth arrival slightly in front of timetable and as we maneuvered to the terminal there were a few Citilink Air flying machine holding up to leave.

We stopped right alongside another Citilink Air Boeing 737-900 and it wasn't much sooner than the safety belt sign was exchanged off and we were permitted to land. At this time, you are properly to switch on your mobile phone, for inform your family or social media update.

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Flight date: 21 October 2015 
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 
Flight Number: GA183 
Flight Time: 2hr 25mins 
Class: Economy 
Seat: 7F

The First International Rapa’i Festival In Aceh

Aceh International Rapa’i Festival 2016
Rapa’i-Aceh’s traditional music percussion
An old music instrument of the Aceh known as "Rapa’i" has a long history as a province branding inhabited by the majority of Acehnese society.

Rapa’i is a traditional Acehnese percussion music instrument and mostly used for dance performances, religious ceremonies such as marriage, circumcision, anniversaries and traditional event.

The First An International Rapa’i Festival In Aceh

The event was opened by 150 appearances Rapai drummers from various communities in Aceh. They show a wide expertise beating Rapai, from large to small sizes. The main show was held in Taman Ratu Safiatuddin. It was also held at Taman Budaya and Taman Tsunami.
Aceh International Rapa’i Festival 2016
Aceh International Rapa’i Festival
Takes place from 26 to August 30 under The Light Of Aceh, The Aceh International Rapa’i Festival was held for the first time in Banda Aceh – the capital city of Aceh Province aims to enliven Aceh as world halal tourism destination. 

Musical parade at the opening night featuring among other performances by Rapa’i group of West Sumatra and Thailand.

The performance of Rapa’i and by other countries music percussions such as Thailand, Iran, Malaysia and China. So, there were coaching clinic and seminars to exchange experience between countries of the artists to broaden cultural actors.
From the opening speech, the mayor expectation shared by Reza Pahlevi, head of the Cultural and Tourism City of Aceh.
"Rapa’i International Festival is one of the Aceh government's efforts in preserving traditional values, especially ethnic music Aceh. In addition, an international festival that simultaneously increase the capacity of actors art and culture in Aceh," he said.
The festival was closed by the Aceh governor, dr Zaini Abdullah. He hopes the event can become a routine event tourism in the Aceh. The closing ceremony was enlivened Indonesian drummer Gilang Ramadhan and jazz singer from Aceh, Tompi.
Aceh Rapa'i Festival
Subur Dani, an ethnic Tangke band vocalist
The whole 5 days event performance being played seriously and energetically so that the audience was mesmerized and being merged into the music. In Aceh, the night show performances were held from 20.00 pm after isya pray, so everyone can enjoy the show.
@zlvn - Grab your Rapa'i and hear an iconic Acehnese music intrument sound.

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Banyak Island Hopping Trip and How To Make The Best of Them #TheLightofAceh (3)

Banyak Island Hopping
Group of young tourist down of boat for tour Rangit Kecil island, Aceh Singkil
Island hopping is probably at the top of every Banyak visitor’s to-do list. This coastal district boasts more than 63 islands and beautiful island formations out at sea, which makes for a thrilling boat ride.

You’ll take in breathtaking colors and scenery before even reaching the white sand beaches and turquoise water!

Banyak Island Hopping Trip and How To Make The Best of Them

The Acehnese traditional boat is used to visit islands close to shore.

But you know all that already, right? What you want to know is, what’s the best way to visit the Banyak islands? Which Banyak islands are the best / which ones should I visit if I have only 1 or 2 days? How do I avoid the crowds?

The Itineraries

There are two groups of islands accessible from the mainland coast in Banyak, Balai Island that i visited: West: Tailana, Sikadang, Asok, Lambudung and South: Rangit Kecil, Palambak, Malelo, Panjang.

Each group can be covered in a one-day tour either with a private boat or as part of an organized tour. Tours combining 2 island groups aren’t available but, due to the distances involved, do cost more and see less of each place.

The tour itself was from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, though depending on where your accommodation was located, it’s likely you’re going to be picked up around 8:00 am.


Island Stop 1: Tailana Island

Banyak Island Hopping
Tailana paradise view
After a 2 hours traditional boat ride, we made it to our first stop at Tailana Beach.  This beach is located just a bit further west from the main island, Balai.

We spent a couple hours to explore the beach where there was coconut collector’s shack hiding in the palm thicket surrounding us, but there were also very basic but nevertheless nice bungalows with direct view on the sea. Very nice!

If you walk further down, you’ll pass by Nirvana Diving that serve kayaking, snorkeling, and diving package. At that time we prefer to sightseeing. The most interesting part of this island is the slow wave. So I can take a picture that seems like paradise.

Even though the journey to Tailana is very challenging, it's definitely worth to go there.

Island Stop 2: Sikandang Island 

Banyak Island Hopping
 Sikandang island has unlimited sea, beach, coral and sun
Next, up, we set sail towards Sikandang Island. It took 30 minutes to stand on this beach. This large island, with its pristine beaches, takes one of the hours to walk around. 

At the first sight, you’ll see a sign “Welcome The Coral Sikandang". Absolutely a great Coral Garden inside blue water. Snorkeling possible but there’s a steep dropoff near the shore of the main beach.

You can play a beach volley. But, you should apply your sunblock lotion because the really hot on this beach.

Island Stop 3: Asok Island 

Banyak Island Hopping
 Asok island where you gonna relax the whole day
Lunch time, my favorite time of the day. However, the island we stopped at was an ideal spot to eat. A crescent-shaped, uninhabited island with pristine beaches on either side as well as excellent snorkeling too.

Asok Island isn’t far too small to have every single traditional boat is doing the Island hopping in Banyak come and have lunch at. The superb scene during lunch on the island.

Everyone can find a spot to sit and eat without putting their blanket down right beside another person. Realy-really your own island exactly ideal or enjoyable.

After a lunch, life jackets that you rent before it's fine to take them onto the beach to make the snorkeling even more relaxing, just lie face down and float while all these fish swim around you. How much you will see really depends on the day, the tides and the weather.

The special one of this island is there is a fresh water well that can be used to clean up your body after a snorkeling.

Island Stop 4: Lambudung Island

Banyak Island Hopping
Lambudung island is one of the new stunningly beautiful islands on island hopping
This island smaller than Asok island. The island is suitable as a destination for snorkeling, kayaking, as do foreign tourists when we stopped here. This was our final stop for the day and, thankfully, they saved the best for last. As the beach is much wider on this island, it didn’t feel as a busy day like working in town.
At that time, we met an Australian family that doing sunbathing and swimming on this island. “Soft sand and clean beach to swim” said the younger brother. 


Island Stop 5: Rangit Kecil Island

Banyak Island Hopping
Superb view from the top of lighthouse
The water at the Islands just has to be seen to be believed, on a sunny day, there is a bright turquoise ring of water around the Islands, which suddenly changes to a really deep ocean blue as the seafloor drops away to deeper water.
"I felt cool when i drops away to deeper water (the dark blue on the pict)" said Makmur.
Once up the 50 stairs, you finally arrive at the top of the tower. The large towerlights caught everyone attention be the first sight.

From the top of the tower, Rangit Besar island clearly was seen. Some of the ships that crossed the sea are also seen.

Island Stop 6: Palambak Island

Banyak Island Hopping
Fachrizan (my friend) welcome you on "modern" cottage island
Rather out of the way, this medium-sized island is covered in coconut trees, has a couple of jungle paths you can walk and a gorgeous stretch of beach.

Pulau Palambak Besar is the fourth biggest island in Pulau Banyak. We took a few hours to walk around it. It has white sand beaches almost all around it. Palambak Besar is known for its perfect beaches.

There is Lyla’s Bungalow, the one and only resort which is the most modern resort among others in Pulau Banyak. It called. There are a fair number of birds on Palambak. So you can enjoy seeing some bird close to you.

Island Stop 7: Malelo Island

Banyak Island Hopping
A great place to to shoot advertisement video maybe, Malelo island
Malelo is charred islands, white sandy land protruding into the sea. Before the tsunami, Malelo is a couple island. Only small malelo left.

READ TOO: Banyak Island with Exotic Seabird

Some bird also fly around this island. I catch some Seagull Stanon Wood Piling on Malelo island.

Island Stop 8: Panjang Island

Banyak Island Hopping
Free sleep on beach like in Koh Phangan? Nop, this is Panjang Island, Singkil. Khairul and Makmur doing their hibernate
Rather out of the way, this long-sized island. Panjang Island was a really relaxed spot to lay down our beach towels and either soak up some last minute sun before we went back to Balai Island or take a short nap under the shade of the swaying coconut trees.

After a long and busy day, we were eager to head back to Balai. I’ve found while traveling and having been on many island hopping tours, that a large part of your enjoyment of the day is dependent on the other people in your boat.

Based on that, if you have enough people, I highly recommend getting a private traditional boat to take you on the 8 favorite Island Tour.
They were charging for one boat Rp. 800.000,- (Rupiah), but you can easily negotiate the price to around Rp. 600.000,- or less depending on how many people are going on the tour.


  1. The Islands do get quite busy, particularly on Indonesia Holidays and peak season (December to January) but there is normally plenty of beach space to go around. If you just walk away from the dropoff spot, you will quite likely be able to find a piece of completely quiet unoccupied beach.
  2. Please remember to keep this place as beautiful, you should take any wrappers or rubbish away with you or use the bins provided.
  3. Wear sunglasses, and apply sunblock and lip balm if you want island hopping.

The Banyak boat trips are impossible to beat. No holiday in Banyak would be complete without a spot of Island hopping.

Each time you visit, you will fall more and more in love with this place. This is what makes touring the Islands of Banyak such a pleasure every time you do it.
@zlvn - Take a boat trip to paradise, Snorkel, swim and just soak up the sun and the unbeatable beauty!
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Banyak Island Hopping Boat Rental #TheLightofAceh (2)

Banyak Island Hopping
Traditional boat and traditional cruise anchoring on Ragit Kecil Island, Aceh Singkil
If you’ve ever dreamt of having a tropical island entirely to yourself, complete with palm trees, powdery white beaches, and crystal-clear waters. the Banyak (Many) Islands are situated about 30km west of Singkil.

Banyak Island Hopping Boat Rental

One of the most popular tours on offer is the Island Hopping around Banyak. As the name blatantly suggests, you’ll be heading on a full day tour to see -you guessed it- 5 islands that are only a short boat ride away from shore. I’m usually a huge fan of island tours since they’re a great way to explore a range of nearby islands.
Which vessel you choose to visit the Banyak islands is a crucial decision. Aside from your own personal preference sitting on a wooden bench in a traditional boat, banging up and down in a speed boat, or relaxing on the deck of a fishing or dive boat. 

The type of boat will also determine where you can go, how long you spend in each place and, in some cases, what you can see on the way.

Each has its advantages and disadvantages, as outlined below:

Traditional boat

Banyak Island Hopping
Traditional Boat Banyak Island Hopping
They were charging for one boat Rp. 800.000,- (Rupiah), but you can easily negotiate the price to around Rp. 600.000,- or less depending on how many people are going on the tour. Usually, it cost Rp 100.000,- for every passenger.

This is the local way to travel, noisy and a little bumpy but so atmospheric and of course a great photo opportunity. Lunch and snorkeling equipment aren't included in the price. All meals are suitable for Muslims and there is a vegetarian option on request, just ask when you book.
  • Usually a smaller group size on organized tours
  • Relatively cheap to charter privately
  • Can park up on all beaches

  • Noisy / splashy

Speed boat

Banyak Island Hopping
Speedboat Banyak Island Hopping
There is nothing like the thrill of a speedboat to add a little adrenaline and glamor to this tour. There are many different sizes of speedboats. The operators will use the boat that is large enough for their passengers without having too many empty seats. 

The boat sizes range from 12 to 15 seats. Please note, this isn’t suitable for pregnant ladies onto the speedboat trips as it is sometimes bumpy and, although it's unlikely, this could cause a problem.
  • Fast, can save travel time over long distances
  • Can park up on all beaches

  • Potentially bumpy ride. Not suitable for infants under 18 months, pregnant women or anyone with back problems
  • Expensive to charter

Traditional Cruise

Banyak Island Hopping
Traditional Cruise Banyak Island Hopping
  • Very smooth ride
  • Superior comfort on board (usually has a covered deck and a sun deck, kitchen, toilet)

  • Can’t park up on any beaches, only cruise around may be possible to go ashore by transferring to traditional boat boat
  • Relatively more expensive
  • Is usually more focused on activities (fishing, diving) than sightseeing

Join-in or private?

The final decision you need to make is whether to go with a group tour or with a privately chartered boat. It is very expensive to charter a speed boat for the day here unless you are a group of at least 6 people. 
Private traditional boats, however, are generally more affordable and are our recommended way to visit the local islands.
@zlvn - Please note that the order the Islands are visited in does depend on the sea conditions on the day. You'll get a roughly equal time at each place.
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