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Brewing Guide: Kalita Wave

Updated: Feb 23, 2019

Kalita Wave


This stainless-steel brewing method gets its name due to its wavy contours. The Kalita Wave is a favorite and easy go-to for every coffee lover and even connoisseurs. It’s a perfect pour over brew method for the house and on the go! It’s flat-bottom filter ensures an even extraction from start to finish. Mastering this brewer is all in slow spiral pours.

What you need

Kalita Wave brewer

Kalita Wave filter


Water (about 200°F)

Coffee (25 grams or about 2 tablespoons)


Digital Scale


Stirring tool

Coffee cup or other vessel

Brew Time

2:30 – 3:00 minutes


Step 1

Remove the paper flavor from the filter and heat everything up, by rinsing the Kalita Wave filter in the dripper. Don’t forget to warm up your mug while you’re at it.


Step 2

Grind 25 grams of coffee (about 2 Tablespoons) as table salt. Remove the water from the carafe or mug and pour your grounded coffee into the filter. Be sure to level out the grounds. Place the Kalita Wave on top of a carafe or mug. Tare your scale to zero.


Step 3

Soak the dry grounds entirely with 80 grams of hot water (about 200°F) in the first 10 seconds and allow it to bloom for 30 seconds. If your coffee is fresh it will degas or “bloom”–you’ll see the coffee bed rise up and bubble a bit. Give the coffee a stir with a spoon.


Step 4

At 30 seconds, pour water up to 200 grams in a spiral motion by minute 1:00. The spiral motion will give you an even extraction and keeps everything integrated.


Step 5

Pour small amounts (20-40 grams of water) intermittently to hit 350 grams by the 2:00 minute mark. Submerge the darker spots and avoid the lighter spots, slowly bring the water level to the top for an even extraction.


Step 6

Your brew volume should approach the 300ml mark or about to the top of a 10oz mug between 2:30 to 3:00 minutes. Remove the Wave from the carafe or mug, and let it cool for about a minute before serving.

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