MASTER THE KALITA WAVE COFFEE BREW

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Whether you’re a brewing beginner or a deft hand at the dark and magical art of filter coffee brewing, the Kalita Wave is an impressive addition to your coffee brewing collection.

*For this recipe we used the Stainless Steel Kalita Wave Dripper 155. If you are using the Ceramic Kalita Wave, be sure to double all of your quantities.

Ready to brew? Here’s what you’ll need:

THE KALITA CHECKLIST

 


HOW-TO BREW USING YOUR KALITA WAVE

Let’s get started, shall we? Here’s how you do it:

  • For this brew, we recommend a ratio of 16g coffee to 250g water
  • Weigh 16g of your favourite filter roast beans and get them ready to grind fresh just before brewing
  • Place your decanter onto your scales and sit your Kalita dripper on top of your chosen decanter. Put a single filter paper inside the dripper, taking care to keep its form and not to flatten out the waves
  • Wet the filter paper and pre-heat your dripper and decanter by pouring hot water gently onto the flat base of the filter paper. Don’t directly wet the side of the filter paper, as this will cause it to become unstable and collapse. Pour into the middle of the paper filter and fill up to the top
  • Dispose of the heating water prior to starting your brew
  • Grind your coffee to filter grind size and put inside pre-wetted filter paper
  • Bloom for 30 seconds by pouring 30g of water onto the dry ground coffee to completely saturate and open up the coffee ready for extraction
  • After 30 seconds, continue to gently pulse-pour your water onto the coffee bed in a circular motion. With the 155 size, there is not a lot of room for water, so take care not to overfill your dripper. Continue pouring until you reach the required 250g of water or the required water for your recipe
  • The entire brew time should be between 2-3 minutes.

 

While the design of the Kalita Wave looks similar to the Hario V60, its flat-bed bottom with three triangulated holes helps to slow down the flow rate and to create a more even extraction. Unlike other brewing apparatus, the Kalita Wave was designed to reduce the unpredictable nature of brewing and all its variables to produce a consistent, clean and crisp cup of coffee.

Helping achieve this level of consistency is the design of the wave-like filter papers. These waves stop the paper sitting flush against the Kalita brewer, which forces the whole filter to be extracted through the base of the paper, instead of part of it being drawn through the sides of the paper like other pour-over methods. The only difficult part (which isn’t difficult at all, really…) is maintaining the shape of the filter, which is further explained above.

The Kalita wave is made in both ceramic and tin and thanks to the filter papers not sitting flush against the brewer, you don’t have to worry about either of these materials affecting the brew temperature or flavour.

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