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How to brew Kalita Wave

The most forgiving pour-over method

The Kalita Wave takes the classic pour-over approach and adds a flat-based to the brewer, which helps control the water flow and achieves more consistent results regardless of how you pour.

Because of this, it’s quite forgiving and maybe a better option when you don’t have a gooseneck kettle available.

Here’s our step-by-step guide (or jump onto this guide’s Frequently Asked Questions):

Method for Kalita Wave 155 (1 cup)Kalita Wave 185 (2 cup)

ℹ︎: If you don’t have a grinder, that’s OK! You can always use pre-ground coffee, though we recommend freshly ground because it does elevate the flavour of each brew.

♨︎: In our recipes, we measure water in grams because we use scales, and it’s easy to achieve precision this way. However, if you don’t have scales, the conversion is easy: 1g=1mL.

  1. Place the Kalita paper filter in your brewer, gently press in and carefully rinse.

    Rinsing with hot water saturates the filter and gets rid of the papery taste. Don’t forget to discard it thoughtfully before brewing.

  2. Grind 1530g of coffee and place inside the brewer.

    Once the coffee is in, give the brewer a bit of a shake to level the grounds.

  3. Start your timer and pour 4590g of water just off the boil to saturate the coffee grounds.

    Stir or gently swirl your coffee bed to ensure the grounds are all wet, and wait for 45 seconds.

  4. At the 0'45" mark, fill up to 110320g.

  5. At the 1'30" mark, fill up to 250500g and very gently swirl the brewer.

    A swirl at this point will catch the coffee grounds stuck in the waves of the filter, and level the bed, ensuring a more even drawdown.

  6. Wait for the coffee to finish draining down and enjoy!

    We generally expect a total brewing time of 3’00"-4’00".

Notes & tips

Scale it up or down using a 1:16.67 coffee: water ratio.
For example, if your dose of coffee grounds is 20g, the target yield will be 333g (16.67 times the dose). 

The total brew time is always 3-4 minutes.
If the total brew time (starting at the beginning of the first pour) is way under that period, and it tastes sour and too light, try grinding the coffee finer. If the total brew time goes over that period, and it tastes bitter with a dry sensation, try grinding coarser.

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