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Kalita Wave

Kalita Wave

The Kalita Wave is a favorite of ours—its flat bottom design promotes an even extraction and its stainless steel construction means it’s lightweight and durable enough for years of use. We brew all of our single-cup coffee in our cafes using the Kalita Wave, and this is our preferred method. This recipe makes one twelve ounce cup of coffee.

What you’ll need:

  • Kalita Wave 185 brewer

  • Kalita Wave filter

  • Grinder

  • 25 grams of coffee

  • Water just off the boil, around 205of

  • Scale

  • Timer

  • Something heatproof to brew into—carafe, mason jar, etc.

  • Mug


Step 1: Weigh and grind your coffee

Use your scale to weigh out your 25 grams of coffee (if you don’t have a scale, a level tablespoon holds around 5 grams of coffee). Grind your coffee until it’s about the size of table salt—likely somewhere around the middle of your grinder’s settings range.

Step 2: Rinse your filter and preheat your vessel

Place the filter in the Kalita Wave dripper, then place the dripper on the brewing vessel and pour enough water over the filter to get the whole thing wet. Once it drips through, you can discard the rinse water. If you’d like to preheat your cup with more warm water, go ahead and do that now.

Step 3: Begin brewing

Place your brewer and vessel on the scale, add your coffee, and tare the scale to zero. Start your timer, then, using a spiral motion, pour 50g of water over the grounds to saturate them—this initial pour should happen within the first 10 seconds. At this point, allow the coffee to “bloom” until the 45 second mark. During the bloom, fresh coffee is releasing stored gases from the roasting process, so the grounds should rise up and bubble a bit.

Step 4: Continue pouring

At the 45 second mark, begin pouring water in 50 gram increments, continuing the spiral motion, allowing water to drip through between each pour. The goal should be to finish the final pour and reach the target total water mass of 415g at 3:00.

Step 5: Drip through and serve

Once you’ve reached your 415g water mass, allow the remaining water in the brewer to drip through. If your coffee is ground correctly, this should take about 30 seconds, with your total brew time coming to 3:30. Once all of the water has made its way through the coffee, remove the brewer from the brewing vessel, stir your coffee, pour it into your favorite mug, and enjoy!