What is the Kalita Wave?

Kalita is a Japanese company that produces a wide range of coffee equipment, including pour-over drippers, coffee servers, and grinders. The company was founded in the early 20th century and has been manufacturing coffee equipment for over 60 years.

One of their most popular products is the Kalita Wave dripper, a cone-shaped pour-over dripper that uses Kalita filters. The Kalita Wave is known for its consistent and even extraction, and is widely used in specialty coffee shops and by home enthusiasts. The dripper is made of stainless steel or ceramic and has a unique wave-shaped design that helps to extract coffee evenly.

The Wave’s extraction system is carefully thought out. For instance, it uses a unique filter. Kalita filters have three small holes at the bottom, (I confused Kalita with Melitta in the early days of my coffee discovery ourney). This design difference affects the flow rate of the coffee, with Kalita filters allowing for a slower and more controlled pour, resulting in a more consistent and even extraction.

In addition to the Kalita Wave, the company also produces other coffee equipment, such as the Kalita Coffee Server and the Kalita Hand Grinder. Their products are popular among coffee enthusiasts for their quality and attention to detail.

Kalita Wave Pourover Instructions

Here is a recipe for making pour-over coffee using a Kalita Wave dripper.


  • 18g of freshly roasted coffee beans
  • 300g of hot water (around 205°F)
  • Kalita Wave filter


  1. Start by preparing your equipment. Place the Kalita Wave dripper on top of a coffee mug or carafe. Insert a Kalita Wave filter into the dripper, ensuring it is seated firmly and flush against the walls.
  2. Place the coffee grounds into the filter. Gently shake the dripper to level out the coffee grounds and create a small depression in the center.
  3. Begin by pouring a small amount of hot water (around 50g) over the coffee grounds. This is called the “bloom,” and it allows the coffee to release gases and start to expand. Wait for around 30 seconds for the bloom to settle.
  4. Slowly pour the remaining hot water over the coffee grounds in a circular motion. Try to pour the water evenly over the coffee, avoiding pouring directly onto the center depression.
  5. Once all the water has been poured, wait for the coffee to brew. This should take around 2-3 minutes.
  6. Once the coffee is done brewing, remove the Kalita Wave dripper from the mug or carafe. Discard the used filter and coffee grounds (ideally compost!)
  7. Enjoy your freshly brewed pour-over coffee.

Note: You can adjust ratio of coffee to water, and the brewing time to taste taste. You can also experiment with different grinds and pouring techniques to find the perfect cup for you.

Enjoy your delicious pour-over coffee made with the Kalita Wave!

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