Kalita Wave 185 Brew Guide

Updated: Jun 30


The Kalita Wave is a great brewing device for newbies and professionals alike. Easy to master and makes a great cup of coffee. It can bring out the flavors in all types of coffees but excels at highlighting chocolate and nutty flavors common to medium and darker roasted coffees.


Its lightweight and durable, allowing it to be used both at home and even while traveling.


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Below are three recipes for common cup sizes at a 1:16 ratio. These are general recipes and you can use the tips found here to tweak your brew. Every bean will brew a little different, but these guidelines will get you in the ballpark and help you dial in your brew. Some tips for all brews with the Kalita Wave:

  1. Pre-wet and rinse filter before adding coffee to remove paper taste. Make sure to dump out rinse water.

  2. Brewing should finish about 3:00-3:30 minutes. Will vary based on the particular coffee, grind size and if you adjust ratios or amount brewed.

  3. If you don't have a thermometer on your kettle, bring water to a boil then remove from heat for about 0:30-1:00 and it should be close to the correct temperature.

  4. Avoid pouring along edges of the filter as water will bypass coffee and go straight into the cup. At the end of each pour a quick, single pass around edges will flush coffee out of the filter grooves, but stay away from the edges for the rest of the pour.

  5. Pour slowly and gently, starting in the center, spiraling out and back to the center.

A gooseneck kettle, scale and timer are tools that will help you brew accurately and make the tweaks to get the best out of your coffee.

 

320 gram / 11 oz Recipe

(Perfect for one average-size coffee cup)


Coffee: 20 grams

Grind: medium to medium-fine (fine table salt)

Water: 320 grams @ 195-205 degrees

  1. Place filter in your brewer and rinse with water. Dump out rinse water.

  2. Add 20 grams of coffee, give a small shake to level the coffee bed.

  3. Tare scale and start timer

  4. 0:00 Pour 40 grams of water, saturating all coffee grounds, allowing coffee to bloom.

  5. 0:30 Pour to 150 grams

  6. 1:15 Pour to 230 grams

  7. 2:00 Pour to 300 grams

  8. 3:15 Finish

 

400 gram / 14 oz Recipe

(One big cup for yourself or split into two smaller cups)


Coffee: 25 grams

Grind: medium (table salt)

Water: 400 grams @ 195-205 degrees


  1. Place filter in your brewer and rinse with water. Dump out rinse water.

  2. Add 25 grams of coffee, give a small shake to level the coffee bed.

  3. Tare scale and start timer

  4. 0:00 Pour 50 grams of water, saturating all coffee grounds, allowing coffee to bloom.

  5. 0:30 Pour to 200 grams

  6. 1:15 Pour to 300 grams

  7. 2:00 Pour to 400 grams

  8. 3:15 Finish

 

500 gram / 18 oz Recipe

(Perfect for making a pot to share)


Coffee: 32 grams

Grind: medium (table salt)

Water: 500 grams @ 195-205 degrees


  1. Place filter in your brewer and rinse with water. Dump out rinse water.

  2. Add 32 grams of coffee, give a small shake to level the coffee bed.

  3. Tare scale and start timer

  4. 0:00 Pour 75 grams of water, saturating all coffee grounds, allowing coffee to bloom.

  5. 0:30 Pour to 250 grams

  6. 1:15 Pour to 400 grams

  7. 2:00 Pour to 500 grams

  8. 3:15 Finish



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