Craft brewing meets classic design
The Kalita Wave dripper is a pour over coffee brewer from the Kalita Co., a family owned company in Japan. The Wave has a flat bottom design with three extraction holes and gets its name from the wavy contours along its walls. This design slows down the flow of water through the coffee bed and allows the hot water more contact time with the coffee, resulting in a more even extraction. The Wave’s ridged filter design minimizes contact with the dripper which helps maintain a consistent temperature as well as provides an even dispersion of water.
Like other pour over methods, the Wave gives a clean, crisp cup of coffee. However, it's much more forgiving and produces very consistent cups, making it the more approachable option.
You Will Need
Kalita Wave brewer
Kalita Wave filter
16g freshly ground coffee
240g water @ 92-96°C
Mug or Carafe
Place the Wave with a single filter in it on top of your mug and place them on top your scale. There's no need to rinse the filter as it's thin enough that it doesn't impart a papery taste to the coffee. Heat your water to 92-96°C.
Weigh & Grind
Weigh out 16g of coffee and grind at a medium setting.
The coffee should have the consistency of sand.
Place the ground coffee into the filter.
Start your timer and in a slow, spiral pour from the center, saturate the grounds with 30-50g hot water. Allow the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds. During this step, hot water causes the release of carbon dioxide from the coffee, leading to the expansion and bubbling of the grounds. It's important to note that blooming only occurs when the coffee is fresh.
After blooming, continue pouring water in 25-50g increments every 30 seconds. This method of pouring water then pausing is known as pulsing. Make sure and cover any dark spots in the coffee bed and avoid any of the lighter areas. Whatever you do, don't stir the coffee.
When the total weight reaches 240g, the coffee is ready to be served. Try to pour all of the water between the 2:30 and 3:00 mark and allow all of the water to drain through the filter. The total brew time should be approximately 3:30.
Remove the Wave from your mug and enjoy!
- You can still brew with the Kalita Wave even if you don't have a scale or a gooseneck kettle. If you don't have a scale, you can average two tablespoons of coffee per cup and adjust accordingly. If you have a regular kettle, put it close to the Wave and pour as slowly as you can.
- If your brew time was too fast, or your coffee was too sour, use a finer grind.
- If your brew time was too slow, or your coffee was too bitter, use a coarser grind.
- Keeping the water level low in the Wave will slow the flow rate of the water and enable you to maintain a more stable brew temperature. A higher water level will therefore drain faster. For larger batches, you can add more water if the brew is filtering too slowly.