A coffee shop struggling to pay their debts, while at the same time maintaining their principles.
The film tells the story of two friends who grew up together, Ben andJody, as they struggle to manage a funky little specialty coffee shopin Jakarta (Filosofi Kopi) that Jody has inherited together with a pileof debt. While Jody handles the business side of things, Ben is the(often-precious) creative genius who really understands both theaesthetics and the philosophy of coffee. The success of the enterprisehinges on Ben’s brewing the best house coffee in Indonesia. Thebackstories of the main characters are explored as the pressureincreases, and tensions rise between the two of them.
The film is not exactly action packed—it’s a bit slow at times—butthe dialogues are well-structured and realistic and the acting is good.The movie starts out particularly strong, but tends a little towardsmelodrama in the last half when the backstories of the main charactersare developed. Overall, the story line is charming in its sincerity.The movie is visually strong: the recreation of the environment of thecoffee shop and the nice exterior shots of the coffee plantations ofIndonesia are particularly notable.