Dark tourism – going to places identified with death – is making its way to Olivier Café at the Grand Indonesia shopping mall in Central Jakarta, as more and more coffee drinkers are ordering iced Vietnamese coffee at the café — the same drink that was allegedly spiked with cyanide and killed 27-year-old Wayan Mirna Salihin in a case now known as the “cyanide coffee murder.”
“At first fewer guests came in, but after two months they came back. The coffee wasn’t very popular initially, but since the incident, more people have ordered it,” said Olivier Café manager Devi in Jakarta on Wednesday (27/07), while testifying in the court trial.
Devi claimed the water and coffee used in his café are hygienic and have been tested by the national drug and food monitoring agency BPOM.
“They came and checked us out after the incident, and found no problems. I also double checked everything, from quality control to expiry date – nothing was out of order,” Devi added.
When grilled about the possible involvement of his staff in Mirna’s murder, Devi stressed that Olivier Café is just another normal café.
“We’re in the restaurant business – not in the murder business. We just sell food and beverages,” he said.
Devi claimed he did not know Mirna or her friends, including main suspect Jessica, and only rushed to the table when he saw Mirna having what he thought was an epileptic episode.
Jessica Kumala Wongso, also 27, in now on trial for Mirna’s alleged murder by cyanide poisoning at Olivier Café on January 6.