Kalita Wave Brewing Guide

Kalita Wave Brewing Guide

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Brewing Coffee with The Kalita Wave

The Kalita Wave, from Japanese company Kalita, is a great dripper for both coffee professionals and beginners. Its flat bottom with three extraction holes allows for a very even brew. The wavy filter and design of the dripper allow for less contact between the filter and the dripper so coffee can quickly drip through before bitter flavors develop.

What you will need:

  • 25 g freshly roasted coffee
  • 400 g of 195-205 hot water
  • Scale
  • Timer

Frothy Monkey Kalita Wave Standards

  • Dose = 25 g
  • Bloom = 50 g water for 30 seconds
  • Final water weight = 400 g
  • Pour time = 2 min
  • Brew time (total time) = 3-3:15 min
  • Coffee to water ratio = 1:16
  • Grind = Medium – Fine. The grind should be finer than drip brewer.

Step by Step Kalita Wave Preparation

STEP 1 • Weigh out ~25 g of your favorite coffee and grind about the size of slightly coarser than table salt.

STEP 2 • Heat Kalita Wave, filter and server by pouring hot water in the center of the filter; this will also help reduce the flavor impacted by the paper. Pour hot water out of both the server and the Kalita Wave.

STEP 3 • Place Kalita Wave and brewing server on scale and tare. Add exactly 25 g of freshly ground coffee to the filter and level out. Tare scale again. 

STEP 4 • Start timer and pour 50 g of hot water over the coffee, ensuring all grounds are wet. Allow the coffee to sit till the timer reaches 30 seconds before adding more water; we call this the ‘the bloom’ or ‘de-gassing’ and it is when the coffee is releasing gasses trapped in the cells. This helps to prepare the brew.

STEP 5 • At 45 seconds pour ~150 g of water, pouring in uniformed swirls starting in the middle of the coffee bed and working your way out towards the filter.

STEP 6 • Continue to pour  ~50 g of water in spirals about every 15 seconds until 400 g is reached. Try to finish pouring by 2 min.

STEP 7 • Allow the coffee to continue to drip until you have a slow drip (this should happen at 3-3:15 minutes). You should have a nice flat bed of coffee in your filter.

STEP 8 • Remove filter and grounds and dripper. Swirl your server and pour into your favorite coffee mug.

Kalita Wave Brewing Equipment Available on Our Online Store

Visit the links below or the online store link above to find the necessary brewing equipment to make a Kalita Wave brew of your own.


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