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Banda Aceh is the capital city of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province. Before 28th of December 1962 it was called Kuta Radja. Banda Aceh is a center of all economic, political, social, and cultural activities for Aceh province. Banda Acehs’ society is heterogeneous and consists of different social status. But, Banda Aceh has a place which called coffee shop, where we can find all of those heterogeneous people are chatting and spend many hours for a cup of coffee.

Coffee is a brewed beverage prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called coffee beans, of the coffee plant. Today, coffee is one of the most popular beverages worldwide. Coffee has played an important role in many societies throughout modern history including in Banda Aceh. based on my own experience and what I have seen in some coffee shops that provide the typical taste of Acehs’ coffee and mostly visited by people from Banda Aceh and tourism. The topic they were discussed make them able to spend the time one hour or more jut for a cup of coffee.

The following topics are the most common topic that the were discussed ;

1. Personal story

    Some people use the coffee shop as the place where they can share each other about their daily life, this kind of discussion usually held by a group of people who has a good friendship relation among them.

    2. Business arrangement

      Some businessman and entrepreneur in Aceh use a coffee shop as their non formal office or what they called “secondary desk”, they do the negotiation and arrange the deal on their business matter at the coffee shop, and sometime the transaction as well.

      3. Professional discussion

        This kind of discussion usually held by the government employee, or the employee from private company who choose the coffee shop as a place for their break time. Some students’ organizations also held the meeting at the coffee shop to discuss their organizations’ program and other issues that related to organization.

        4. Political issue

          Usually this kind of topic is discussed by mostly Acehneses’ societies, the political issues usually raised from the news that they read from local or national newspaper, or what they have watched from TV, and they reanalyzed and discussed according to their own opinion and perception.

          5. School or University stuff

            Most of University students also spend their time at the coffee shop for many hours in a day, they discussed many topics that related to their daily activity. But, most of the topics are related to what they have experienced in university, and sometimes sport news also becomes the most favorite topic to be discussed among the students.

            In short that the idea of spending time for many hours drinking a cup of coffee is not only because of the coffee taste, but also the topic of discussion and the purpose of gathering at the coffee shop has played an important role why some people are able to spend mostly their time at the coffee shop.  Still many studies have examined the relationship between coffee consumption and certain medical conditions; whether the overall effects of coffee are positive or negative is still disputed, but the coffee lover in Banda Aceh are increasing day after day.

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