One intersting thing is Cafe Moka, now has 3 outlets, one on Jl. Seminyak, one in Umalas, past Banjar Semer and now this new, large Ubud branch. It occured to me that maybe Cafe Moka was trying to become the Starbucks of Bali (there are Starbucks on Jl. Pantai Kuta, Jl. Kartika Plaza at the Discovery Shopping Mall, Jl. Legian, just down from Poppies II and Nusa Dua at Bali Collection, Nusa Dua.
Both Cafe Moka and Starbucks are handy places, if you ask me. In Bali I sometime need a spacious place, out of the dust, heat and humidity, to take a seat and organize myself. Both places sell coffee, but that’s really where the similarity ends. Starbucks wants to be the ’3rd place’ in your life, after your house and your office. They create a ‘living room’ atmosphere, and it works. Cafe Moka is a combo of bread shop, cake shop, cafe and restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Starbucks has better coffee, but is more expensive. The new Ubud Cafe Moka has exactly the same menu as the Seminyak branch and is open 8am-11pm, as well. My recipe for a hangover cure is a Thon sandwich (footlong tuna, egg, lettuce, tomato, mayo) with a banana lassi. That gets me back to normal pretty quick, assuming I have the energy to drag myslef down there.
Cafe Moka and Starbucks are handy stop off places for busy tourists and expats.