The Kalita Wave is one of the most pristine pieces of art that belongs to the craft coffee world. Much like a Chemex and V60, the Kalita Wave is a pour over mechanism that offers a clean cup of coffee with a balanced mouthfeel. One of the unique features of this method is that the paper filter has ridges in order to keep contact with the metal Kalita at a minimum. This ensures a steady temperature and an even bed for water dispersion. As you get accompanied with this brewer, please be aware that there are two different filter sizes, the 185 and the 155. [Pro-Tip: the 155 filter is smaller, but we have found that its size helps keep us consistent and exact in during our pours.]
So, what do you need to start your next cup? See below!
-20gs of Coffee
-Prefered filter size
Step 1: Weigh and Grind
To get going you will need to weigh out roughly 20 grams of coffee, and grind it at an 8 on a 10 point scale. (For a point of reference, espresso is a 1 and a 10 would be used for a French Press. Side note, use a burr grinder if you can.) Next, heat your water to 202 degrees Fahrenheit. [Pro-tip: if you cannot seem to get the dial in correct, try playing with the ratio of water to coffee. We typically use a 16:1 ratio.]
Step 2: The Bloom
Before starting your pour over, make sure you wet the filter before you add the coffee. For your first pour, go to 60g and let it bloom for 30 seconds. The bloom’s purpose is for the degassing process to take place. The gas comes from the roasting process.
Step 3: The Pulses
At 45 seconds (in total), begin your first pulse. This should take your scale total to 200g. After 15 seconds, pour to 320g. This will complete your brewing process.
The thing about the Kalita is that it is such a simple process, but takes time and practice to perfect it. At first, you will probably notice consistency problems, but we promise it will come with experience.
As always we hope that you have found this tutorial helpful, and if you have any tips or tricks of your own, please share in the comments below!