Kalita Wave Brewing Guide And Tips!

By Evelina •  Updated: 07/12/21 •  7 min read

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.

Read Also: How to Grind Your Coffee Beans Without A Grinder

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!

Read Also: Kalita Wave vs Hario V60: Which One Is Better?

All About the Design

This Kalita Wave features three holes on a flat bottom, which creates a more even extraction of the brew during the brewing process. This ensures an even distribution of water without any channeling. 

Tips To Make A Better Coffee With Your Kalita Wave

kalita wave brewing guide


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.

What size is the Kalita Wave?

The Kalita Wave coffee brewer has two sizes – 155 and 185. The 155 is ideal for a single-cup brewer. The 185, slightly larger, is great for a large pot of coffee or a pour-over method.

Both sizes are made of stainless steel which ensures that they will last long enough to serve your needs over years while also preventing any corrosion from occurring.

Who is Kalita?

The company has been around for a long time and is known for making coffee products in the business. They have turned into one of the most prominent companies in their field of expertise.

Originating in Japan in 1958, the company has been family-owned ever since. Nihonbashi is the location where it was founded. Today, Kalita is one of the top coffee brands in Japan, with offices all over the place. They have a wide range of products and offer great quality.

What other products does Kalita make?

Although the company has brought many different products to market, all of them are designed with one thing in mind; providing the best way to brew filter coffee.

More specifically, Kalita products include:

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!


Evelina’s passion for coffee could never been hidden. Having worked as a barista, she learned the true value of the coffee bean and its secrets. As she continued to evolve as a barista, so did her knowledge, techniques on making different coffee blends and most importantly how to operate every kind of gear when it comes to coffee. Having a degree in biomedicine and being a barista, allows her to provide our community with in-depth knowledge surrounding the topics of coffee.