kalita wave

brewing guide

The Kalita pour-over method

The Kalita Wave dripper features a flat-bottomed brew bed for even extraction and a filter design that reduces contact between the brewing space and the dripper itself. Use our Kalita Wave brewing guide to achieve a final cup reminiscent of one from a drip coffeemaker but noticeably more delicate and complex.

This method uses a pulse rather than a continuous pour when adding the water. Therefore, you may need to adjust your pulse timings if you want to give your grounds more time to bloom, especially if you’re using ridiculously fresh coffee!

Base Specs

Coffee: 24g
Grind: Medium
Water: 400g
Water Temp: 185°F / 85°C
Brew ratio: Approx. 1:17
Brewing time: 3mins 45secs


Kalita Wave coffee-maker
Kalita cone filter
Burr grinder
Gooseneck Kettle
Digital kitchen scale

Step 01.

Pour the water into your kettle and bring it to the boil. Now, set aside to cool.

Step 02.

While your water heats, grind the coffee to a medium size. Now, setup your Kalita on your cup and add the filter. Place your setup onto the scale and set to zero.

Step 03.

Thoroughly wet your filter with 60g of water. Now, remove the water from your cup and reset on the scale. Add your grounds and shake the Kalita gently to level your coffee bed. Finally make sure to reset your scale to zero.

Step 04.

To bloom your coffee, start the timer and slowly pour 50g of water evenly over the grounds. Use a circular pouring motion to thoroughly saturate the coffee grounds.

Blooming should take on average 35 seconds but this depends on the freshness of your coffee beans. Adjust accordingly and at your discretion.

Step 05.

Start your first pulse by adding 100g of water, starting from the center and working outward in concentric circles, over the next 15 seconds.

By this point, the scale should read 150g and the timer should read 0:50. Wait 10 seconds then repeat the process five more times in 50g increments.

By the end your scale should read 400g and the timer should read 3:00.

Step 06.

Let the coffee draw down; it should take about 45 seconds. Remove and discard the filter.

Pulse check

Want to make sure your pulse is on track? Here are some guidelines:

0:35 to 0:50: 150g
1:00 to 1:15: 200g
1:25 to 1:40: 250g
1:50 to 2:05: 300g
2:15 to 2:30: 350g
2:45 to 3:00: 400g

Step 07. Sip and enjoy

Let the coffee finish dripping, at which point your brew is ready to enjoy.