The AKMA cold-drip coffee breer ($5,200, dutch-lab.com) is formidable to behold. Created by the South Korean design studio Dutch Lab, and christened with the Korean word for “devil”, AKMA is constructed with a steampunk-style framework of dark aluminum panels, brass piping, and conduits that rise more than 3 feet high. As with most cold-brew coffee systems, the technology is simple and gravity powered: Water slowly drips from its 3,000mL borosilicate glass tank through three flasks of ground brans, delivering a concentrated, low-acid brew to the vessels at the machine’s base. Cold-brew drinkers usually dilute the concentrate with water – just as Americano drinkers dilyte a shot of espresso – or milk, which yields an especially velvery coffee. From start to finish, the process take several hours; but the severe brauty of the machine gives devotees much to admire during this devilishly long wait.
by Carolyn Meers
source: Robb Report March 2015 issue
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