Kalita Wave 185 Pour Over How To (For Beginners) – Kaldi's Coffee

Kalita Wave 185 Pour Over How To (For Beginners) | Making the Switch from Auto

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INTRO: A KALITA 185 PRIMER

We've been brewing with the Kalita Wave in our cafes for many years. It's easy to use, easy to learn, exceptionally consistent, and offers a balanced brew of any coffee. For these reasons, we think it's a great entry-level coffee brewer (that can also grow with you).

Featuring three small holes on the bottom, the Kalita slightly restricts the water flow leaving the brewer and is considered to be a little more forgiving and consistent as a result. The flat-bottom geometry is also known to drive up the sweetness in a coffee and provide a very balanced cup.
The three holes on the bottom of the Kalita Wave 185

The Kalita Wave comes in two sizes - 155 and 185 - and in three styles: stainless steel, glass, and ceramic. Here, we'll be giving a simplified recipe for the 185 version.

Read more about the Kalita Wave 155 and get a tried-and-true brew method in our blog:

KALITA WAVE 155: USER EXPERIENCE AFTER 6 YEARS AND HUNDREDS OF BREWS

WHO'S IT FOR?

Simple answer: everyone!

If you're a coffee-wiz with lots of experience hand brewing, the Kalita is one of those core brewers that you have in your cabinet. There's enough room to play and experiment with brew recipes, and it provides exceptional results that will do justice to any coffee you put in it. 

MAKING THE SWITCH FROM AN AUTO BREWER

We think the Kalita Wave is the perfect brewer for those that have been using an automatic brewer and are looking to get into pour over. It's consistent results minimizes fears of "messing up" your brew and it provides a familiar taste profile to those used to batch-brew. The filters are also reasonably easy to find and the stainless steel model is very durable for the more... error-prone among us. 

Curious why you might want to switch over from an auto brewer? We talk about this extensively in our Kalita Wave video, but ultimately you gain much more control over your coffee brew with a pour over device. Things like water temperature, even pouring, and brew time are much more controllable and tweak-able in a pour over brewer. And it just so happens that the Kalita Wave is a great jumping off point from using an automatic coffee brewer. 

THE FILTERS

Kalita Wave 185 filter and brewer

Kalita Wave filters are also known for their ridges that keep them from sticking to the walls of the brewer. Although this creates a tad more work for separating them out of the package, the “crinkles” of the Kalita filter encourage airflow for a more predictable, even brew. 
 

COFFEES TO TRY

The Kalita Wave works great for any kind of coffee, but we especially love it with coffees with prominent chocolate, nutty, and dried fruit notes as it really accentuates those notes. 

Try it with: Central American Coffees (such as El Salvador), Colombian Coffee, and our flagship blend Cafe Kaldi.

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