Gaia Tea Cakes

Gaia Tea & Cakes - Kemang

4/20/2015 Soya Yanagawa 0 Comments

Indonesia is known for its archipelago. It is a country of diversity, a constellation of more than 14,000 islands that spread over 3,100 miles. A country that enriched with a numerous ethnicities, and languages, customs, and cultures. But today, let us talked about Indonesian Tea.

Tea is one of the world's most consumed beverages. It is thought to originate from China where tea has been drunk for thousands of years. Around the 16th century, when the Portuguese were expanding their power, this beverage was imported to Europe and quickly gained popularity. But do you know that Indonesia is the eighth-largest producer of tea worldwide.

Well, I might not a tea expert / specialist, I have just learnt that there are six main types of tea, which are: Black Tea, Green Tea, White Tea, Yellow Tea, Oolong, and pu-erh. All of them come from the same plant family-Camellia sinensis.

It is kind a hard to find a place that serve a diverse collection of tea in Indonesia. But Luckily, there is Gaia Tea & Cakes at Kemang area. Gaia Tea & Cakes was born to provide the very best tea products of Indonesia. They believe that many of tea selections produced in our country has excellent qualities – their flavor, aroma and efficacy for health are among the top in the world. Their tea collection is originated from best tea plantations all over Indonesia. Well, here is a fun fact about Gaia Tea & Cakes:

All of Gaia teas are curated by Ratna Somantri, who is known as the author of ‘Kisah&KhasiatTeh’ and ‘The Story in A Cup of Tea’. Ratna is a tea specialist which has served as an active speaker in various tea events for the last 8 years. She has travelled many countries to visit and learn from experts and plantations owners to deepen her knowledge about this vast and exciting subject. 
The tea that is used in Gaia is picked from the best season bud leaves. These particular pieces are considered as the “work of art” of tea. They are treated with special care throughout series of delicate processes. These categories are produced in a limited quantity and they have only been made available for export market.

When I stepped my feet into this place, I just thought that Ratna Soemantri has successfully brought the Tea Culture into a very fancy and luxurious place. The outlet was beautifully prepared and made with a touch of elegance and attention. Indeed, the outlet is not very spacious. But They successfully make it comfortable and pleasurable.

To be noted, if you ordered tea at Gaia Tea & Cakes, you will be amazed with the presentation. Gaia Tea & Cakes will prepared your tea on a very posh and beautiful pot and ceramic. Along with the pot and the mug, they will give you a timer to tell you the perfect time to pour your tea and enjoy it. 

West Java Oriental Green Tea IDR 34,000
This is an organic green tea from a tea plantation in Cianjur, West Java. Processed from selected 1 bud and 2 young leaves only, the dry leaves look very beautiful. This is a very unique green tea, sweet and fragrant.

Indonesia is the top 4 of green Tea production, after China, Japan and Vietnam. Green tea is made from the leaves from Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originated in China, but it has become associated with many cultures throughout Asia. Green tea has recently become relatively widespread in the West where black tea has been the traditionally consumed tea.

Many claims have been made for the beneficial health effects of green tea consumption, but they have generally not been borne out by scientific investigation; excessive consumption is associated with some harmful health effects but moderate, regular consumption is safe.

Actually, I really love this West Java Oriental Tea. Indeed, it has an unique hint of burnt taste, but after you swallow it, it leaves a beautiful sweet aftertaste with a hint of dry sensation. It taste earthy and wonderful. 

It has medium fragrant and the texture is light, thin and cleansing. 

West Java Silver Needles IDR 45,000
Made only from highest quality of young tea buds which represent only about 2% in production quantity. The leaves are uniquely beautiful and silver tipped exuding royalty and an exceptional soft, smooth, sweet-silky luxuriousness. The lingering fragrance is delicately floral, with a freshness and sweetness of a ripped pear. Refreshing texture that is soft and airy on the palate. It is one of a kind and highly prized by connoisseurs, it has the least amount of process than any other tea and is full of rich antioxidants.

White tea is a lightly oxidized tea grown and harvested primarily in China, mostly in the Fujian province. White tea comes from the buds and leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves and buds are allowed to wither and dry in natural sun.

The name "white tea" derives from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant, which gives the plant a whitish appearance. The beverage itself is not white or colorless but pale yellow, light to the taste, and is free shaped.

When you smell the tea, it showered your nose with floral and sweet scent. The texture taste "milky thick" or velvety; Little bit thicker that the green tea. The taste is wonderful; It gives your tastebud a romance and sweetness. Such a mesmerizing tea.

Matcha Fries
French Fries with Matcha Seasoning.

A stack of golden-ish brown french fries looks so contrast with the green matcha powder sprinkled on top. It spread the calming and beautiful scent of matcha when you take a sniff. The matcha adds some grainy texture and bitterness to the fries, but surprisingly it was complementing the french fries. Quite nice and a wonderful choice to enliven your tea party at Gaia Tea & Cakes.

Bluder IDR 12,000
A nostalgic and famous cake-bread from Madiun. Soft, moist and buttery. With a hind of sourness from tape as the secret ingredient in bluder

The texture was marvelous, really nostalgic and longing. It has a beautiful sensation between sweet, savory and sourness. they were binding each other and makes a beautiful and harmonious symphony on your tastebud. Such a wonderful friend to accompanying you with your tea.

Carrot Cupcake

This carrot cupcake has a cute size and humble appearance. But I really love the texture. It has wonderful moist and fluffy texture, great taste and pampering fragrant. The cream cheese add some lingering sweet and savory taste on your palate. One is not enough for me.

Actually, when I went to Gaia Tea & Cakes, they have a lot of unprepared dish. From 8 kinds of tea, they only have 3 kinds of tea that ready to serve. All of the cakes are unavailable, they only have bluder and carrot cupcake. Actually, I really love this place. It has wonderful ambiance and marvelous tea. Will be back for sure, and hopefully they already fixed the menu and be more prepare.

Well, have a great day and Godspeed!


Jl. Kemang Raya No. 27A, Kemang, Jakarta
Telephone: 021 7181355

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