The Kalita Wave is a Japanese coffee brewer that is a popular way to make coffee at bars not only in Japan but around the world. In fact, this brewer has been used in professional coffee competitions and now coffee drinkers around the world use it.
How do you brew coffee with the Kalita Wave?
- Weigh out 15g of Coffee and Grind Coffee Medium Coarse
- Heat up 225g of water to Between 195 -205°F (30 seconds off boil)
- Put the filter in your Kalita Wave
- Rinse the filter by pouring hot water through it and into the vessel or mug (then tip out the excess).
- Place your coffee in the filter and gently shake flat.
- Put your Kalita Wave on the scale.
- Start the timer. Pour in 25g of water, covering all the coffee, making it bloom.
- After 30 seconds pour in 75g of water. Pour in concentric circles, into the coffee itself (not the sides of the filter paper!).
- After 60 seconds, pour in 75g more water.
- At 90 seconds, add another 50g.
- All your water (225g of it) should be in by 90 seconds. Now, let it drip until finished.
- Your brew should be done within three to four minutes.
- If it’s taking longer than that, next time coarsen the grind. If it’s a shorter time, use a finer grind.
Brewing coffee with the Kalita wave is as simple as that. However, there are a few different factors involved with the whole brewing process, but don’t worry! We’ll explore each step in depth in this article.
How to Brew Pour Over Coffee with a Kalita Wave
So how exactly does that Kalita Wave work and provide that perfect brew? Here are the details on brewing coffee using this pour over brewer
1. Heat the Water and Rinse the Coffee filter
Start by rinsing the filter by pouring hot water directly into the middle of the filter. Avoid pouring the water on the sides as this can jeopardize the wave-shape of the filter. The purpose of this step is to remove any paper taste from the filter and to preheat the Kalita.
2. Weigh Out The Coffee
Measure out on a scale slightly more than 30 grams of coffee to grind. You can use a 15 to 1 ratio water to coffee ration if yo want to use more or less coffee . Fill the kettle and heat the water. Remember that one or two grams is often lost in the grinder.
3. Grind your coffee
Your goal is to ensure that the particle size after grinding is finer than sea salt. Once your coffee is ground, pour the 15 grams of ground coffee into the Kalita, which is sitting on your scale. Tap the Kalita gently to ensure that the coffee bed is as flat as possible, which will help to even out the water distribution during the pouring process.
After the boiling is complete (and waiting 30 seconds) or the temperature has reached between 195 – 205 F, remove the kettle and allow the water to settle. Start the timer and pour in just enough water so that the coffee bed is saturated. Allow the water to bloom through the coffee grounds for about 30 seconds.
Be sure to pour the water in slow concentric circles so that the slurry (mixture of solids) raises to halfway up the side of the filter. Continue to add water in stages (often referred to as pulse brewing), allowing the crust to submerge as you go.
Allow the slurry to drop a bit before you add more water to return it to the same level. If possible, add all of the water before you hit the three-minute mark on your timer.
And once you have added 225 grams of water, you will want to give it a small stir and let it drain (if needed). If the coffee bed is flat after draining is completed, then you did it correctly. Your total brew team should be just under four minutes, depending on the type of coffee you used.
5. Pour into Your Favorite Mug
All you have to do now is remove the filter and served the coffee. And of course, enjoy it.
Tips For Better Brewing
If the concept brewing with a Kalita Wavee is intriguing to you, you may be interested in some quick tips so that you can walk the walk and talk the talk.
- The filter itself is important and when not rinsed properly, can negatively impact the flavor of your coffee. So, don’t skip the rinsing step.
- The freshness and the grind size of your coffee is important. For the best pour-over coffee, a grind just barely finer than sea salt is recommended.
- Don’t use water for your coffee that wouldn’t drink in just a plain glass. Clean and filtered water will make for a better pour-over coffee taste and experience.
- Your water to coffee ratio will be approximately 1:15
- As mentioned before, most pour-over coffee enthusiasts prefer a water temperature of 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit, but this is really a matter of personal taste. So, be sure to experiment and determine the temperature that creates the flavor that is best for you.
It can be challenging to find a pour-over coffee dripper that results in a high-quality brew. And though the Kalita Wave might look like any other dripper, it’s far more than that.
The Kalita Wave was designed to balance the flow of water, and also to keep your brew warm by serving as an insulator.
The design of the unit provides a slightly more concentrated cup of coffee than other drippers, which is a winner for those who like a stronger cup of joe.