Kalita Wave Brewing Guide And Tips!

You know that feeling when you get a fresh batch of coffee in the morning? That’s how I feel every time I brew with my Kalita Wave.

It’s easy, it tastes great, and I don’t have to worry about ruining a good cup of joe by using too much water or over-extracting grounds.

This guide will show you how to make the perfect pour-over coffee at home with the Kalita Wave so that you can start your day off right!

The Kalita Wave Dripper

kalita wave brewing guide

The Kalita wave is an easy pour-over coffee maker that was designed to brew coffee in the most simple and consistent way possible. It is completely manual and made of stainless steel or ceramic (depending on the model you buy), which makes it easy to clean and can last a long time.

The design also helps to keep the temperature of the water even because it has a larger surface area than other brewers. It looks like a flat-bottom cone with a handle on the side, like the picture above.

Let’s now look at the steps involved in making a perfect cup of pour-over coffee with the Kalita Wave:

Step 1

After placing the filter in the Kalita dripper start pouring slowly hot water in the filter to pre-heat it. This will warm up the brewer and help maintain an even temperature throughout the brewing process.

Step 2

Grind your coffee beans to medium grind size. If you have never ground your own coffee beans before, we recommend using a grinder will a grind setting of 7.5 (out of 9). Remember to keep the beans at room temperature. If you are grinding in bulk and storing it, place it in an airtight container or refrigerate them.

Step 3

Add water to a kettle with a temperature of 195-200 degrees Fahrenheit or 91˚C and let it sit for about 30 seconds. Remember to use filtered or bottled water.

Step 4

After adding your grounded coffee to the filter start adding the water in a circular motion onto the coffee grounds. Use anywhere from 20g-30g of ground beans depending on your desired strength and the size of your cup. The recommended ratio is 1:15 coffee to water.

Step 5

Let the water drain completely from the filter (this should take about 3 minutes). It’s important to not rush this part because you want all the coffee to drain properly.

After the water has finished draining, gently remove the filter from the brewer and serve. Enjoy your fresh cup of coffee!

Tips To Make A Better Coffee With Your Kalita Wave

kalita wave brewing guide
  • Blooming the coffee beans allows particles of coffee to “bloom” and release more flavor. The bloom should be done just before brewing, on a scale measurement between 30 seconds and four minutes.
  • Multiple tries will be required to perfect the art of brewing pour-over coffee. Use this guide as a reference point but don’t give up!
  • Water quality is paramount! Use filtered water if possible and avoid water that contains pesticides or other contaminants.
  • Experiment with different brands of coffee beans and different types of grind sizes to find what you like best.
  • Don’t be discouraged if the first few pours aren’t perfect. It takes time to get the hang of it but it’s worth it!
  • Coffee beans should be stored in an airtight container away from direct sunlight and humidity, refrigeration is not required but helps keep the beans fresh longer.
  • Don’t rush! Pour-over brewing is not a quick process but well worth the wait and effort when you achieve that magical cup of pour-over perfection!


How many grams of coffee are in a Kalita Wave?

Around 20g-30g of coffee is used for a ‘normal’ sized cup of coffee using the Kalita Wave. This can vary depending on your personal preference.

How do I clean my Kalita Wave?

To clean the Kalita Wave, start by rinsing it out with hot water to remove any remaining coffee and then wipe it down using a dry cloth.

Last Thoughts

The Kalita Wave is a great coffee brewing system if you’re looking for something that’s easy to use and doesn’t take up too much space. It brews quickly, has a good taste, and it looks nice on your countertop.

We hope this post was helpful in showing you how the Kalita Wave works! If there are any other questions about using the wave or anything else related to coffee-making equipment, please feel free to send us a message!