The Kalita Wave is a pour-over, similar to a Chemex or V60, and similarly aesthetically pleasing! The Kalita Wave is made by the Japanese Kalita company who have been making coffee equipment since 1959. The Kalita Wave works really well with all our coffees roasted for filter.
Whilst posing some similarities to the V60 and Chemex, there are key differences which affects the extraction. The Kalita Wave has a flat bottom design with three extraction holes rather than water dripping through a single hole in an attempt to reduce the effect of water channeling through the coffee bed and to provide a more even extraction. There are two main variants; the larger #185 and the smaller #155. The #155 is ideal for a single cup brewer. The Kalita Wave works really well with all our coffees roasted for filter.
Below is a brewing guide to start you off.
Place a #185 or #155 filter in the brewer (depending on which variant you own) and rinse it with hot water to remove the paper taste and warm everything up. Warm your coffee cup or serving vessel up with hot water and place the Kalita Wave on top.
#2 Add Coffee
Grind your coffee beans, or request grounds to a medium coarse grind size. As with all coffee recipes it is good to play about with the brew ratio to see which works best for your tastes. We recommend the following starting recipes:
- #155 model - 300 ml of water and 18 grams of coffee
- #185 model - 500 ml of water and 30 grams of coffee
Add the ground coffee into the filter paper within the Kalita Wave.
Boil water and let it cool for a few minutes. Pour the amount detailed in the starting recipe above for your respective Wave variant (#155 or #185). The pouring technique has a few different schools of thought. One method is to pour slowly and steadily throughout the brew. The other method is a pulsing method where you pour some, let the water pass through the coffee grinds and repeat until all water has been poured. In our opinion, both methods work great and are both hugely satisfying! The most popular method generally seems to be to pour until the coffee blooms and then use a circular motion for an even extraction, trying to limit direct pouring onto the filter paper.
You should aim for a brewing time of about 3 to 3.5 minutes. If the brewing time is quicker then grind the coffee finer. Conversely, if the brewing time is slower, coarsen the grind.
#4 Drink and enjoy
Sit back and enjoy a fabulous brewed coffee!