We’ve found quite a few things to say about coffee brewing methods, yet there are always more curiousities to satisfy and inquiries to settle. The current case concerns some Kalita Wave brewing equipment we recently received.
These quality coffee brewing tools have caused much excitement – a couple glass drippers are available in the shop. We put the stainless steel Kalita Wave to the test, with head barista Ben Loebell demonstrating professional & correct brewing method, down to the seconds:
Ben starts out with 16 grams of reasonably coarsely ground coffee – the same standards as an Aeropress or V60 brew.
The major difference between a Hario V60 and the Kalita Wave pour-over we’re employing, is that the Kalita Wave has a shorter basket, with a flat bottom. This results in a more full immersion, as opposed to the more funneled V60.
Above: Kalita Wave, Hario V60 pour-over below
With a timer running, Ben adds 50 grams of water to begin, adding another 50 or so in the first 15-20 seconds. It takes a little intuition, but by the end of 3 minutes, we want 250 grams of hot water to have seeped completely through the Kalita Wave dripper. Ben does this, 50 grams of water at a time, keeping an eye on the clock.
Final results are a clean yet dense brew with a lovely texture for a pour-over. The flat bottom of the Kalita Wave allows for a more even extraction process, with fewer anomilies in the water’s passage through the grounds, as the shorter basket keeps the flow more regular.
All in all a delightful brew – we’ll see about a Hario V60 and Kalita Wave direct comparison down the road. Until then, check out Paul Hopwood’s notes on Dark Woods Coffee’s cupping at La Bottega Milanese.