Dutch coffee is a unique coffee prepared via a method that originates from a time when coffee was still considered a real luxury. In contrast with current times, where coffee needs to be easier, cheaper and above all, faster, in the 17th century coffee was treated with respect. Dutch Coffee, or Cold Drip coffee as the method is also known outside of Asia, is brewed with ice water which is dripped very patiently, in up to 18 hours, over freshly ground coffee.
Since we take our time to extract the flavours instead of speeding up the process with heat, we can contain even the most fleeting aromas in the coffee The method also prevents oxidation, avoiding the bitter and sour taste of cooled down warm coffee. Dutch Coffee can be served pure, as a delicious, calorie-free black ice coffee but is also a perfect base for coffee cocktails (see our recipes page!) and can be used to make delicious deserts.
The method thanks its name and origin to the Dutch traders in 17th century Asia. In a time where half of the worlds international trade was carried out by Dutch ships, and demand for coffee was rising globally, the sailors on the ships encountered a problem. Open fire outside of the small kitchen was not allowed on the wooden sailing ships, so if the sailors wanted to brew themselves some coffee they could only use cold water. They introduced this method in Northeast Asia where to this day it is known as Dutch Coffee. Now, three centuries later, we are producing a true Dutch Coffee and bringing this unique coffee experience to modern times! Using only the highest quality single origin coffees, the Dutch traders from the 17th century would definitely have approved.
The ingredients for a great Dutch Coffee, or Cold Drip coffee, are very simple. Ice cold water and freshly roasted and ground coffee. Sugar, colourants or E-numbers are not necessary as the coffee will naturally stay fresh for up to 6 months and requires no sweetener to drink. The quality of the coffee is very important. Since we extract every last bit of flavour from the beans, very high quality coffee beans are required. After all, every defect in the bean will be noticeable in the coffee!
We only use single origin coffees, which means that the beans are all from a single coffee growing region (I know, what’s in a name) as opposed to a blend from three continents and twenty countries mashed together. We do this because coffee, much like wine, is a beautiful product of nature with a lot of diversity in flavours. This is why we selected three very distinct types of coffee to give a nice overview of the unique flavours that can be found in coffee. The balanced Ethiopian Limu, the herbal Colombian Santuario and the fruity Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.
We only use single origin coffees which, as the name suggests, means that the beans are all from a single coffee growing region as opposed to a blend from three continents and twenty countries mashed together. We do this because coffee, much like wine, is a beautiful product of nature with a lot of diversity in flavours. This is why we selected three very distinct types of coffee to give a nice overview of the unique flavours that can be found in coffee. The balanced Ethiopian Limu, the herbal Colombian Santuario and the fruity Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.
We only use single origin coffees, which means that the beans are all from a single coffee growing region (I know, what’s in a name) as opposed to a blend from three continents and twenty countries mashed together. We do this because coffee is, much like wine, a beautiful product of nature with a lot of diversity in flavours. This is why we selected three very distinct types of coffee to give a nice overview of the unique flavours that can be found in coffee. The balanced Ethiopian Limu, the herbal Colombian Santuario and the fruity Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.
Dutch Coffee is the perfect calorie free black ice coffee. Because of the unique cold dripped brewing process, the coffee keeps all aroma’s and does not oxidize. Dutch Coffee, which is also known as Cold Drip coffee, should not be confused with cold brew coffee. Where Dutch Coffee is a drip process, cold brew is simply coffee grounds soaked in water. This makes Dutch Coffee a lot more versatile but also a lot more complex to get absolutely right. For more information, check out dutch-coffee.nl.
Pure Dutch Coffee is best served on the rocks and in small portions. Much like a good wine, it’s all about the perfect process and presentation. Dutch Coffee is also delicious in coffee cocktails and coffee deserts. Recipes can be found on our Facebook page and will soon be on our recipes page. If you’ve made a new cocktail or dish with our coffee, please let us know on Facebook or Instagram!
Coffee finds its origin in Ethiopia, where two stories are circulating about the discovery of this invigorating drink. The first tale tells te story of the banished Sufi mystic Omar. This follower of Sufi spiritual leader Abu Al-Hassan Al-Shadilli is said to have taken shelter in a cave when, starving, he resorted to eating coffee cherries. As he found the berries too bitter he then roasted the beans and ate them, but found them too hard. He then boiled the beans, and the resulting aromatic brown liquid turned out to be so stimulating that Omar survived his banishment. According to the legend, Omar then introduced this miraculous drink in Mocha, Yemen from where coffee conquered the Arabian world.
The second tale tells the story of a Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi. He was grazing his herd when he noticed strange behaviour in some of his goats. They were jumping up and down after eating certain red cherries. He tried some of the cherries himself and found he became energized as well. When he brought the cherries to a local monastery the local abbot disapproved and threw the cherries into the fire. When the fire began to give of a delicious smell the now roasted beans were quickly taken from the fire and boiled, resulting in the worlds’ first cup of coffee.
After the Arabic world it was Europe’s turn to discover coffee. Coffee houses sprang up all across Europe and, being one of the few places serving non-alcoholic drinks, quickly took on a large intellectual and social role. The demand for coffee quickly rose to previously unimaginable heights. To keep a monopoly on coffee the Ottoman empire strictly controlled all trade in coffee and prohibited the sale of green coffee beans to prevent the Europeans from ever growing coffee themselves.
A Dutch merchant named Pieter van den Broecke circumvented this embargo by taking two living coffee bushes from Mocha in Yemen. These plants where then planted in the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam and their offspring quickly found their way to the new colonies in Ceylon and East Asia. From the same coffee plants a twig was gifted to the king of France. Through the Bourbon colony the coffee plants reached the new world where it became one of the most prized cash crops.
Through their colonies in Southeast Asia the Dutch traders maintained a large trade network that connected Asia, Oceania and Europe. It was in this time that coffee was introduced in Japan and Korea. On the wooden Dutch trading vessels of the time open fire was disallowed outside the small kitchen, so the sailors themselves were barred from making their own coffee. According to local legend they invented the Dutch Coffee method, where coffee was brewed with cold water. They introduced this coffee brewing method in Asia where the rich, clean flavours and wine- like coffee drinking experience made sure that, to this day, the method is known as Dutch Coffee.
Batavia Coffee is a company founded with a singular goal; conveying our passion for coffee and the unique Dutch Coffee brewing method to the Netherlands and the world. Even though everybody agrees that blending wine from 8 races and 6 countries is a bad idea, a lot of people are not that critical about their coffee. Even if coffee is the second most consumed beverage worldwide after water!
With Batavia Dutch Coffee we make our passion tangible – in three distinct flavours we offer the very best coffee we could possibly make for your enjoyment, hoping to one day share our passion with coffee lovers worldwide.