Review by Riri Satria

Berikut ini review dari Riri Satria

Saya sendiri memang penggemar Es Teler 77 ini dan sering makan di resto ini. Tetapi ternyata, membaca kisah Sukyatno membangun bisnis Es Teler 77 jauh lebih mengasyikkan. Bagaimana dia memulai bisnis,  kemudian sikap pantang menyerah dan tahan banting dalam berbisnis, bagaimana mengembangkan bisnis,  serta filosofi dasar berbisnis yang humanis dan sangat manusiawi…read more


Sharing a story with EFN Asia

by Felicia Nugroho

I was honored for the opportunity to share with EFN Asia members, the story of Es Teler 77 and the journey of my late father, Sukyatno Nugroho. It was even more special that I could share the story at my own ‘home’, Es Teler 77 Resto, surrounded by familiar aroma of Bakso Super, Nasi Goreng and Es Teler of course.

EFN Asia held their annual conference on 7th-9th October 2010. The focus for this year’s conference was “Migration and Wealth of Nations”. The conference itself was attended by institutes, practitioners and influential think-tanks from our neighboring countries. After a day’s full of learning, there’s nothing more perfect for the visitors to taste some Indonesian food at a place with entrepreneurial history.

The friendly gathering was held on Thursday, 7th October and attended by Pasha Sukardi, representing Partai Demokrat, Dr. Wolf-Dieter Zumpfort (Deputy Chairman of FNS) and Rainer Heufers (Resident Representative of FNS Indonesia) and other EFN Asia members.

Es Teler 77 and Sukyatno Nugroho story is about opportunities that are open to any Indonesian who have entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to work hard to reach success.

This fascinating story began in the early 1980s where my family, like any other working-class families, struggled to make ends meet. But with my grandmother’s, Murniati Widjaja, winning Es Teler recipe combined with entrepreneurial wits of my late father, Sukyatno Nugroho, the first Es Teler 77 was born in 1982.

The first Es Teler 77 was a ‘warung’ located on a verandah of one office building (formerly known as Duta Merlin, Harmoni, Jakarta Pusat). It was a humble beginning with several umbrellas and basic make-do furnitures. The family members worked 16-hour day in the ‘warung’.

The early years were not easy. Often when the business started to go well, the landlords wanted a share of the pie. The landlords increased the rental up to 10 times. My family had no choice but to pack-up and closed down the shop immediately.

Having ‘never-give up’ attitude, my late father saw an opportunity in this. Somewhere along the way, he stumbled on a business concept called ‘franchise’. The idea that was so foreign then. But, with his very limited English he was determined to learn it. He thought he could apply this model for his Es Teler 77.

Today, with hundreds of outlets spread across archipelago and across the sea (3 in Singapore, 2 in Australia, 1 and more to come in Malaysia), Es Teler 77 have created thousands of jobs directly for people of Indonesia and hundreds more indirectly through fruit and vegetable farmers, meat suppliers and fisheries in the country. By adapting a unique business model, Es Teler 77 partners with many other SMEs in Indonesia.

Nevertheless, for my late father, the journey was not just about building the business. Long before the term CSR that is now becoming fashionable, Sukyatno Nugroho already exercised social leadership. He never forgot where he came from. He wanted others, especially the small businesses, the street vendors and youths of the nation, could learn from him. He was very passionate to share and give back to the society. He did it in his own way.

Known as a very creative man, he often organized competitions such as “Gado Gado Competition” for the low economy men and women, in which 40 out of 150 participants came out as winners. Competition like this raised eyebrows. It was considered by critics as outrageous. But Sukyatno had a purpose. Each of the 40 winners was given prize money and a banner “Gado Gado Champion” so that they can readily open a business of their own. That was his way to help and to inspire others.

Indonesia is a fortunate country, with abundant resources, rich in good food and cultures with over 240 million people.

The story of Es Teler 77 started from just an ordinary working-clas family who made it happened and brought a humble Indonesian product to become a national icon and gone global. I would hope that this story could inspire other entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs to grow and succeed. Just imagine how even richer this country will become.

Journey to continue one man’s dream

Dua setengah tahun lalu, Sukyatno Nugroho, ayah saya tercinta meninggal dunia. Beliau pergi dengan meninggalkan naskah untuk buku keduanya yang belum selesai dan sebuah pesan:

Apabila pada saatnya nanti saya meninggalkan dunia saya ingin memberikan warisan bagi bangsa dan negara ini. Bentuknya berupa sebuah buku, yang berisi seluruh pengalaman saya selama 25 tahun* membangun Es Teler 77. Agar ilmu langka dan satu-satunya di Indonesia ini tidak hilang begitu saja

Dengan setengah ragu, saya putuskan untuk meneruskan penulisan buku ini. Di satu sisi, saya bertekad untuk meneruskan cita-cita beliau. Tetapi di sisi lain, bagi seseorang yang bukan penulis dan tidak hobi menulis, membayangkan harus menulis sebuah buku – sangat mengintimidasi. Ditambah masa sekolah saya habiskan di Australia, kemampuan saya menggunakan tata bahasa Indonesia yang baik dan benar sangat minim. Tetapi apa boleh buat, cita-cita beliau harus diteruskan.

Permulaan dari penulisan buku ini cukup lambat dan tersendat-sendat, sempat pula saya mengalami cold feet. Tetapi semakin saya mendalami dan menelusuri perjalanan hidup beliau, saya semakin mendapat inspirasi. Perjalanan hidup beliaulah, yang lebih tepat disebut ‘petualangan’, karena memang penuh dengan liku-liku dan jatuh bangun berkali-kali sampai akhirnya meraih sukses, yang menginspirasikan saya untuk menyelesaikan penulisan buku ini.  

Saya harap buku ini juga dapat memberikan inspirasi, seperti apa yang dicita-citakan beliau.

Felicia Nugroho



Sukyatno Nugroho, my dearest father, passed away two and a half years ago. He died leaving an unfinished manuscript for his second book and a message “When I die, I’d like to leave a legacy for the people of this country. It will be a book of my 25 years experience building Es Teler 77, so that this rare knowledge and one of a kind in Indonesia does not die with time”.

Reluctantly, I decided to continue writing his book. On one hand, I was determined to continue his dream, but on the other hand, for someone who’s not a writer and don’t really fancy writing, the idea of writing a book is so intimidating. In addition, the fact that I grew up and spent half of my life in Australia didn’t help with writing in Bahasa Indonesia. But what to do? I had to continue his dream.

It was a slow-going at the start and I got cold feet where it was just so difficult to get ideas. But the more I understood about his roots, his childhood and his way of again-and-again faced hardship, conquered and came as a winner, the more he inspired me. His life kept me going and motivated me to face the challenge and to finally finish the book.

It is my hope that his life also inspires others, as he wished.

Felicia Nugroho

Book tackles the ‘Drunken Master’ by Jakarta Globe

“Sukyatno was known as the ‘Drunken Master’ of marketing in Indonesia,” said Hermawan Kartajaya, himself a marketing expert.

Sukyanto Nugroho earned his nickname after he created a thriving business out of es teler, a drink made up of jackfruit, coconut and avocado mixed with milk and shaved ice. In Indonesian, “teler” is also slang for being drunk.

People can now learn from Sukyanto’s rags-to-riches story in a new book, “Prinsip di Sini Senang, di Sana Senang” (“The Happy Here, Happy There Principles”).

Written as a memoir, readers seeking inspiration will find that Sukyanto’s life story may be even better than all the self-help books put together there.           Read more

Perjalanan Es Teler 77 dibukukan by Bisnis Indonesia

“Felicia Nugroho dan Yeni Setiawijaya, anak kandung dan istri pendiri perusahaan franchise Es Teler 77, almarhum Sukyatno Nugroho, meluncurkan buku tentang sejarah perjuangan dan perjalanan hidup si Juragan Es Teler yang kini telah mendunia.

Peluncuran buku ditandai dengan penyerahan buku dari Agung Adiprasetyo, pemimpin PT Elex Media Komputindo, penerbit buku yang diberi judul Di sini Senang Di sana Senang yang merupakan prinsip hidup dan bisnis almarhum Sukyatno Nugroho.”   Read more

Story of a larger than life character by @unspun

This piece was written by Unspun a.k.a Ong Hock Chuan in memory of Sukyatno Nugroho

“.. in spite of how successful he became, he couldn’t give a toss about appearances or status. He was totally open and retained a child-like enthusiasm for promoting his business and other projects in a self-deprecating manner. Whenever he talked about Es Teler 77, the business he founded and grew together with his in-laws and wife, he would sound totally infectious through his passion.

He would regale his audiences with his adventures and before you know it he would co-opt you into a project or two that at first sounds hare-brained but on reflection made sense.  He had a huge gung ho attitude and optimism of a can-do person and apparently throughout his life he lived like the Nike slogan where he went out into the world and “just did it.

What he did was to snatch Es Teler 77 from the jaws of ruin and turned it into one of Indonesia’s largest franchise with over 150 outlets throughout the country, with outlets in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and probably in the near future, Saudi Arabia. Not only that he also became an icon ofr many poor Indonesians seeking to hit the big time through entrepreneurship. In his later years he was invited to universities and business schools to share his experiences and knowledge.”  Read more

Review by @beradadisini

Berikut ini review dari Hanny a.k.a @beradadisini


“Berhasil dengan menjatuhkan orang lain itu gampang. Berhasil seraya mengangkat dan membagi kesuksesan dengan orang lain itu sulit, tapi terhormat.

Itulah pesan yang saya dapatkan setelah membaca buku DI SINI SENANG DI SANA SENANG yang mengisahkan perjalanan Sukyatno Nugroho–juragan Es Teler 77 yang cabangnya kini sudah tersebar di seluruh Indonesia, bahkan sampai Singapura dan Australia. “Hidup itu untuk dilakoni bukan untuk dikhayalkan,” begitu kata Sukyatno. Read more