Aston Utan

Hosted at Conclave Wijaya

part of a series on Genius

About the speaker

Aston Utan is the co-founder of Common Grounds Coffee Roastery, who also brought Melbourne’s St. ALi and Sensory Lab to Jakarta. For him, coffee has become more than just a business: it’s a passion and a hobby put into one.

“I believe that coffee shops should sustain themselves by providing for the neighbourhood. I have always believed that a coffee shop is a neighbourhood thing. It’s a community space. Your café should serve a 5-km radius. That’s your community, the ones who you should serve every day.”

Aston has a winning team who echo his belief in coffee. They learn, train, fail, and keep on repeat; second the famous Thomas Edison’s saying that: “Genius was one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration,” to finally making Common Grounds proudly dubbed as the home for Barista Champions since 2014.

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