How to Brew the Perfect: Kalita Wave (Flat Bottomed)

Posted by Stella Cochrane on

Sometimes it seems like there's more coffee toys than you can poke a stick at. Whenever one pops up, we like to put it to the test and see what kind of deliciousness it can help us deliver. Pourer devices have been a staple in our toolkit for a while now but after some further experimentation, we've decided to focus on supporting scrumptious gravity fed from the Kalita Wave 185.

If you haven’t brewed with a Kalita Wave yet, you can expect some cutting edge qualitative differences compared to results from a Hario v60. If you haven’t brewed with a v60 yet, I’d still recommend getting a Kalita Wave (ha!). Jokes aside the useability and consistency of result brew to brew with the Kalita has bumped it to the top of our list and whether you’re at home or overseeing a brew bar in a cafe, we’d recommend giving it a burl!

Why more consistent?
The Kalita has three small drainage holes at the bottom which, in addition to the filter paper, allow for an even and controlled drawdown of your brew water, as opposed to the results with one large hole. This helps to standardise your rate of drainage, which in turn provides more consistent results. In testing, we’ve enjoyed great cup quality, clarity and consistency. It’s almost fool proof if you can follow a few basic steps in preparation and brewing.

How do I use it?
Here’s a quick ‘How to’ on brewing with a Kalita:

KALITA WAVE BREW GUIDE

Great brewed coffee should be complex, satisfying and clean. But most of all, it should be easy to repeat! Here’s a good starting point for a rockin’ Kalita brew:

TOOLS

  • Kalita Wave 185
  • Filter papers
  • Grinder
  • Digital sclaes
  • Timer
  • Kettle or urn
  • Cup or vessel

INGREDIENTS AND TARGETS

  • 15g of your favourite CMCR filter roast coffee (lighter than espresso)
  • 280g (or ml) of filtered water or adjust to a Coffee Brew Ratio of 16.7:1(brew water:coffee)
  • Beverage after brew: 250g
  • Target TDS: 1.23% ‐ 1.48%

METHOD

  1. Bring your kettle to the appropriate temp (~94°C).
  2. Insert filter paper into Kalita.
  3. Use hot water to thoroughly rinse filter paper and preheat device.
  4. Grind 15g of coffee at a medium coarseness (18‐22 on a Baratza grinder).
  5. Place Kalita, with pre-wet filter paper on decanting device and scales, add ground coffee and tare the weight.
  6. Pour 50g of 94°C brewing water in the first 15 seconds. This allows the grinds to release the gas they contain and makes it easier to integrate them in to the brew while pouring.
  7. Wait 15 seconds before pouring another 130g of brewing water over 15 seconds (during 0:30‐0:45) in a steady circular motion. Stay in the centre and avoid pouring into the gaps of the filter.
  8. Pour another 100g of brewing water over 15 seconds (during 1:00‐1:15).
  9. After all liquid has dispensed, discard the used filter paper and rinse Kalita.
  10. Sit back, relax and sip your deliciously brewed coffee.

You can buy a Kalita Wave ceramic cup and filter papers from our online shop, happy brewing!

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