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Kalita Wave Brew Guide

How to brew great coffee with a Kalita Wave

Kalita Wave coffee brew guide

The Kalita 185 filter coffee brewer is another great pour-over brewer that shares similarities with the Hario V60 in its simple design and delicate cup quality. It has a flat bottom and a shallower wall, meaning it requires it's own particular recipe with a coarser grind. 

When brewed correctly with precision it provides a delicious delicate cup that will work for all coffees, but is much better suited to a lighter roast. If you're looking to highlight the best elements of a complex coffee, this is the ideal method. 
This recipe will work with the 185 size of Kalita Wave. You will need a gooseneck pouring kettle to get the best out of this brewer. 

Kalita Wave Brew Guide

Total Brew Time:

2.45 - 3.15 minutes


  • 18g coffee
  • 300ml water


  • Kalita Wave 185 
  • Kalita Wave filter papers 
  • Mug or serving vessel 
  • Gooseneck kettle 
  • Coffee ground a little coarser than drip filter. 
  • Hot filtered water just off the boil. 
  • Scales 
  • Timer
  • Spoon


1. Place filter in cone, place cone on mug or server and pre-wet by pouring hot water over the filter. This removes the paper taste from the filter paper. Dump the hot water and put the cone back on your mug/vessel. 

2. Place scales under your mug/vessel. Put 18g of ground coffee into your cone and zero your scale. 

3. Start timer.

4. Pour 54g of coffee a slow and gentle manner over the coffee and stir. Ensure all grounds are wet.  

5. At 0:35s, pour up to 130ml in concentric circles. 

6. At 0:50s, pour up up to 210ml in concentric circles. 

7. At 1:05s, pour up to 300ml in concentric circles. Gently lift and drop your cone onto your vessel to achieve a flat bed (even extraction).  

8. Your coffee should finish draining through somewhere between 2:45 and 3:15 and taste delicious. 

If your brew was slow and tastes bitter, coarsen your grind. If your brew was fast and tastes weak and sour, fine your grind. If you want more body, up your coffee dose and adjust grind to taste.