‘Dutch Lab Cold Drip Coffee Machines Combine Sculpture and Functionality’ in If Its Hip, It’s Here



Korea’s MZDB Co., Ltd is comprised of Mozi Studio and DE-BANG which is also an acronym of the two brands. Dutch Lab is MZDB’s coffee brand and they have designed a series of cold drip coffee makers inspired by Architecture and Movies that look more like art than brewing machines. The unusual contraptions were designed to provide you with an easy and aesthetically beautiful way of brewing coffee and at the same time employ a process that is said to give you the maximum quality for the best-tasting coffee.


In-house designers with architectural, industrial and graphical backgrounds from Hong-Ik University forge the metal in hot fire, polish them and combine them with copper pipes, brass valves and cool and transparent glass in ornate and industrial looking coffee makers that fall into 4 categories: Steampunk, Architectural, Modern and Movies. Each looks like, and actually is, a functioning piece of art.


Before I get to the coffee makers they offer for sale, they recently exhibited this elaborate 3000ml drip coffee maker. The AKMA follows the Gothic-themed Gothicism coffee maker and was created as the third Steampunk model in the Dutch Laboratory.


The definition of AKMA comes from the Korean word [악마] which means “Devil”. The design scientists and creators at Dutch Lab added a mysterious and dark aura to the steampunk concept for this one, its dark color and sharp design giving it a more fictional and fantastic evil feeling than their previous designs.


What is Dutch Coffee (cold drip/cold brew coffee)?”
as explained on their website:
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 the water. You can pour water at natural 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.

The second flask, which we call the coffee tank, contains the ground coffee. There is actually a specific kind of ground coffee for Dutch coffee (slightly thicker than the espresso and slightly thinner than the hand drip coffee grounds) which we also sell in collaboration with Cafe Woong but the ground coffee can be chosen by user’s taste. The water slowly drops on a small round filter then into the coffee grounds, it later goes through another filter at the bottom to prevent the coffee grounds to fall into the final flask and finally through another valve.

The final flask on the very bottom of the machine is where the result of this whole fancy and meditational process. The water takes its time to combine with the coffee and form what we call 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 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 prepared coffee already waiting to greet you.





by laura

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