This brew guide will help you get consistent results with your Kalita Wave. The flat bottom of the Kalita promotes a more even extraction each time you brew. For this guide we will be using a Kalita 185 so there is enough room to pour all the brew water in a single pour. We find that by doing a single pour after the bloom it allows you to keep the brew temperature high enough to extract crisp acidity from your coffee without it becoming sour as a result of lower temperature extraction.

Brew Ratio - 16g of coffee per 250g of water

You Will Need

  • Kalita Wave 185

  • Kalita Wave 185 filter paper

  • Grinder

  • Scale

  • Gooseneck kettle

  • Timer

  • Spoon

  • Brewing vessel (such as a mug)

  • 250g of filtered water (97-98 degrees)

  • 16g of whole bean coffee


  1. Weigh out 16g of whole beans and grind them on a medium/fine filter setting.

  2. Boil the kettle and place the filter paper on top of the Kalita. Place the Kalita on top of your brewing vessel and rinse the filter paper with boiling water, allow the water to sit and heat up the brewing vessel for around a minute before discarding the water.

  3. Place the brewing vessel and Kalita on top of the scale, add the ground coffee, tare the scale and start the timer as you pour the first 48g of water onto the grounds.

  4. Take a spoon and stir the coffee bed for 10 - 15 seconds ensuring all the grounds are wet.

  5. After 45 seconds begin to pour the rest of the brew water onto the coffee bed in a circular motion whilst maintaining a constant flow rate. You should have poured the full 250g of water onto the coffee bed by 1 minute  - 1 minute 15 seconds.

  6. Take a spoon and gently stir around the rim of the Kalita. This helps to knock off any grounds stuck to the filter near the top.

  7. Allow all the remaining water to drain through then remove the Kalita from the brewing vessel and enjoy.

  8. If the coffee tastes sour it is under extracted, try grinding finer to increase contact time and extract more. If the coffee tastes too bitter/dry it is over extracted, try grinding coarser to decrease contact time and extract less.

Bonus Tips

  • Because the Kalita Wave is metal it will require more pre-heating than a plastic brewer such as the V60.

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