DUTCH LAB STORY
DUTCH LAB is Design Rangers’ coffee tool brand. We specialize in cold drip coffee brewers (a.k.a cold brew coffee or dutch coffee) with majestic, luxurious and sometimes even fantastic designs. In DUTCH LAB, you will be able to see the works of the best designers from countries around the world.
As in-house designers, we have architectural, industrial, graphical designers from Hong-Ik University who are engaged in various design activities. We have participated in various numbers of design exhibitions such as Stockholm Furniture Fair 2009, Maison & Objet in Paris from 2013 to 2016 and Design Beijing since 2016 to enhance the value of DUTCH LAB’s unique design.
With a tremendous love towards coffee, a number of talented individuals founded DUTCH LAB with a group of designers. In Café DUTCH LAB, run by the professional barista Jaewoong Kwak, you can see various products from DUTCH LAB including the hottest and newest ones. Also Jaewoong Kwak, certificated as a barista councelor, can give you various valuables tips about coffee. In addition, you can have an exclusive experience of our other design products such as furniture, lighting, etc.
“Collaboration of Media & Exhibition”
DUTCH LAB is always seeking for ways to present the experience of intense but tender cup of coffee. New designs of coffee tools that came to the world from everlasting time of consideration and cultivation is opened to the public in annual exhibition.
Introducing something precious to many others just like throwing a baby’s first birthday party. We wanted to share our thoughts, solicitude for coffee lovers and the very special experience only feasible by our coffee tools. Our solution to this desire was to present DUTCH LAB in space, not only from the coffee tools. Our show room presented by using papers only impressed many others. Ineffaceable impression led us to a collaboration project with MCM, Swarovski and Gentle Monster which introduced the image of DUTCH LAB worldwide.
DUTCH LAB produces dutch coffee tools, general coffee tools inspired by DUTCH LAB image, space with the ambiance of DUTCH LAB, interior decoration with the essence of DUTCH LAB and franchise by extension. DUTCH LAB is the brand that spreads out gradually around the world, into everyone’s everyday lives.
“The Art of Coffee”
Coffee is now one essential part of many people’s daily and busy lives. New discoveries are always in the search for a better taste and efficiency of coffee for its consumers. The methods of coffee-making vary from requiring expensive materials and tools to cheap and fast homemade techniques. But the difference of the quality of these two extremes varies as much as its methods do. This is where DUTCH LAB took action. DUTCH LAB provides you an easy and homemade way of coffee-making and at the same time gives you the maximum quality of the best coffee.
“What is Dutch Coffee (cold drip/cold brew coffee)?”
Unlike regular coffee making methods, which require electricity for hot water, dutch coffee uses the cold drip method, which requires only a cold drip coffee machine, small round filters, water (not necessarily hot) and the force of gravity.
The structure of this coffee machine consists of three flasks aligned vertically and water running through them with help of the cheapest form of energy: the force of gravity.
The first flask on the very top contains water. You can use water at room temperature or ice which will eventually melt and drop to the next flask through a specially calibrated valve. This valve is installed so the user can control the amount of water being dropped per measure of time.
The second flask, which we call the coffee tank, contains coffee grounds. The water from the water tank slowly drops on a small round filter then soak into the coffee grounds, it later goes through another filter at the bottom to prevent the coffee grounds from falling and finally through another valve. There is actually a specific kind of grounds for dutch coffee (slightly thicker than the espresso and slightly thinner than the hand drip coffee grounds) by DUTCH LAB barista Jaewoong Kwak but the grounds can be chosen by user’s taste. Be aware that these grounds must not be treated like the espresso. The espresso works with pressure while the cold drip method works with time. Only a slight push on the coffee ground to make sure the top is completely flat is enough. Always keep in mind that the water has to travel through the grounds.
The final flask on the very bottom of the machine is where the result of this whole fancy and meditational process takes place. The water takes its time to combine with the coffee and create the luxurious, rich in flavor and fragrant dutch coffee.
Dutch coffee does take a significant amount of time, but this is what makes its high quality. It also works as a perfect kitchen/home decoration because of its eye catching feature and also brings a peaceful and meditational environment to the whole room. The best way to prepare dutch coffee is by letting it drop during the night and start your morning with the cup waiting to greet you. The flavor of dutch coffee is stronger than what people expect so it can be treated like espresso shots by mixing it with water for an americano, with milk for a latte or other recipes. Making dutch coffee does not mean that you can only have a cup per day and DUTCH LAB also provides with machines that can make 3L of coffee at once so coffee shops can sell.
“Why Dutch Coffee?”
Here is where many critics start talking. “The cold drip method is useless time consuming” they say, but these people are not aware in any way of the health benefits of the cold brew method. Several studies had been made in this area and they had concluded that cold brewing is healthier than hot brewing.
First of all, cold brew coffee is less acidic. Since hot brew coffee requires heat, lots of chemical reactions occur during the brewing process. The physical states of some acids are altered by the heat and eventually acids are included to the coffee that we drink. During the cold brewing method, the heat and pressure is replaced with time preventing any kind of chemical reaction to occur during its brewing process.
The acids in the hot brew coffee undergo two different chemical reactions: first while it is brewed and later while it cools off. This is the reason why coffee tastes more acidic when it is cooled off or reheated, making it hard to save for a long time. In the other hand, cold brew coffee does not change in flavor and it can also be refrigerated for 2 weeks.
Most of the acids might not be brewed in during the cold brewing but that does not mean dutch coffee will contain less caffeine. Caffeine is soluble whether the water is cold or hot. In contrast, many coffee reviewers prefer the taste of the cold brewed cups. The reason being: since the cold brew method requires more time, the selection of chemicals during this process is more precise and accurate. The result brings coffee with richer flavor and fuller aroma. For this reason, dutch coffee has generated lots of fans and many coffee shops have them in their special menus. Not does this only make the menu itself fancy but it also creates a great factor for the decoration of your shop; two birds in one shot.
“Why DUTCH LAB?”
The creators of DUTCH LAB are always in search for new ways to magnify our machines’ efficiency.
Our three-legged structure is outstanding comparing to other common four-legged ones. This idea was inspired by the famous french designer Philippe Starck as he once mentioned that there is no other structure with perfect perpendicularity as the three-legged chair. The 120 degrees structure makes it a lot easier to extract and insert the flasks in the middle of the machine and its triangular shape maximizes its architectural beauty when aligned next to one another.
DUTCH LAB’s six piece frame is specifically patented by the brand. This unique framing allows an easy assembly and flat packing allowing the transportation to be easier and cheaper.
Our brand focuses not only on the perfect coffee and the most beautiful design but also on the best quality materials. The machine’s frame is made of aluminum so it is lighter than the common machines made of wood. This frame later goes through an anodizing coating which makes it resistant to scratches, gives it a metallic feel and boosts its variety by adding color. The borosilicate glasses are heat resistant allowing an easy and sanitary cleansing. The silicon caps completely seal the flasks and prevents leakage. The valves are made of brass needles with nickel plating and its ability to reassemble allows a thorough cleaning.