Kalita Wave Drippers
Why do we love it?
As the interest in specialty coffee continues to increase, so does the interest in brewing methods that best compliment the quality and ideals of specialty coffee. Up until this point there have been limited options when it comes to pour over brewing devices that offer both a small learning curve as well as excellent results. Garnering praise for both their calculated design and ease of use, the Kalita line of pour over brewers are helping that small list of brewers grow. The Kalita Wave Dripper is being offered in both small (1-2 people) and large (1-4 people). The small size is offered in both glass and stainless steel while the large size is offered in glass, stainless steel, and ceramic. For an overview of the unique style the Kalita Wave Dripper brings to the pour over method, a feature chart that overviews the design, technique, and advantage can be found below.
The Kalita Family
The Kalita Wave Dripper is not the only piece of coffee brewing equipment poised to turn heads from Kalita. Along with necessary filters and a 300mL or 500 mL glass server, we are also offering the Kalita Wave Style Set and the Kalita Wave Pot Kettle.
The Kalita Wave Style set conveniently combines a glass Kalita Wave Dripper with a tall glass server that makes for a simplified and transparent brewing process. The Kalita Wave Pot Kettle, with its curved stainless steel body and wooden handle, is perhaps one of the most attractive kettles we’ve ever seen. The looks aren’t half of the Wave Pot Kettle’s appeal however, as the carefully crafted neck and spout provide optimal pour control. All of these members of the Kalita family give you the option to customize a style and combination of accessories that fits you best. You can find more information on these and other accessories at the bottom of this page.
The Kalita Wave Style Set
The Kalita Wave Style Set is as much a work of art as it is a coffee brewing device. The combination of the glass Wave Dripper and glass decanter exposes the entire brewing process and allows easy transfer of the coffee from the decanter to the cup. For more information or to order see here.
The Kalita Wave Pot Kettle
It is hard to find a kettle crafted for pour over brewing. We’ve been carrying one of the only pour over kettles available in the Hario Buono Kettle, but the Kalita Wave Pot Kettle brings a new sense of craftmanship, style, and pour control to the category. With its heavier composition and carefully crafted pour spout, the Wave Pot Kettle ensures an upgrade in temperature stability and pour control. For more information or to order see here.
Brew Method: Pour Over
The Kalita Wave implements a chopped-cone shape with a flat bottom. At the bottom of the wave drippers (Ceramic and Stainless) there are three triangulated holes that are connected by a raised edge that helps keep the filter from suctioning flush against the bottom. The Wave filters create a wedge against the edge of the dripper helping promote temperature stability.
Rinse the filter out with hot water, pouring direcly in the middle until the water reaches near the top of the filter and then allowing it to drain out. We then recommend pouring just enough water to wet the coffee ground and letting it sit for 30-45 seconds (or until the coffee bloom deflates). At this point begin pouring slowly in concentric circles until the water volume is near the top (don't pour too close to the filter).Once the dripper is full let it drain out for 10-20 seconds. At this point continue the fill and drain process until you have reached the water volume desired. For beginning brewing parameters we recommend: ~ 6 grams of coffee per 100 milliliters of water (medium grind), 42g/700mL in a 185 size, 24g/400mL in a 155 size, ~205° water temperature, and a 3-3:30 minute total brew time.
The design of the Kalita Wave leaves a lot more margin for error than other pour over brewers as the flat-bottom does not necessitate as careful of a pouring technique. As with other pour over brewing methods the Kalita is quick (2-4 minutes) and easy to clean up.
$81.98It can be difficult in the world of specialty coffee to find a brewer that not only looks fantastic but also produces a fantastic product. Eva Solo has done an exceptional job of combining both elements into the Cafe Solo. The Solo seems a little strange upon first glance for the very reason that it may be the first coffee brewer of its kind: one that is clothed. The designers at Eva Solo had the ingenious idea of using the same material that keeps divers warm (neoprene) and wrapping it around the glass carafe... thus keeping the coffee hot during the 4 minute brewing period.
Not only are its looks something to take seriously, but the Solo's coffee is not to be underestimated. Because of its use of "total immersion" brewing (similar to that of a french press), the grounds are evenly and completely submersed in water. This provides extraction that is difficult to achieve by other methods of brewing. It is advisable, however, that once the 4 minutes of extraction is complete, the coffee should be immediately served or transferred into a thermal pot (we recommend one of the Zojirushi carafes). This will prevent over-extraction from taking place which results in a bitter tasting coffee.
The Cafe Solo is unquestionably a unique and exceptional specialty coffee manual brewer. Because of its simple usability and superior design, the Cafe Solo is a force to be reckoned with in the specialty coffee world.
Compak is a company dedicated to quality and craft. Their newest endeavor is a line of espresso grinders that raises the bar on control and efficiency. Aptly named "Fresh" for its innovative design and functionality, these grinders were created from conversations with baristas around the world and from the experience of a company that has been around for over 50 years. The K-10 Fresh offers a number of innovative features including: the ability to pre-set the the dosing time for a single and double shot to within a tenth of a second, manual push-button doser that keeps time of amount dosed on the digital display, and a completely new dosing system, electronics and control system. Also, the electronic display shows the selected grinding point, a configurable warning to change the burrs, promotional message with your logo, shot counter, and multi-language display.
Hario Skerton grinder is handy for manual home and travel grinding, it can also be slightly more cumbersome for an extended road trip where only a small amount of grinding will be done (for a more detailed comparison of the two grinders, check out this blog post: Hario Skerton vs. Mini Mill). For those trips (or homes) where a minimal amount of grinding is needed, the Hario Mini Mill Slim is the perfect grinding solution. The Mini Mill employs adjustable conical ceramic burrs for grinding any of the wide range of grinds employed in today’s coffee market. It can effortlessly handle 24 grams of anything from fine espresso to a coarse French Press setting. Because of its lightweight (0.5 lbs) and sleek plastic body, the Mini Mill easily fits into small carrying bags and suitcases without adding a lot of extra weight. This, in conjunction with the Aerobie AeroPress coffee maker, has the propensity to make excellent coffee anywhere hot water and fresh beans are available.
The Hario Mini Mill is a traveling coffee enthusiast’s dream come true.... and with its ability to grind to the fine quality needed for espresso, it can be paired with a hand-held travel espresso maker such as the mypressi TWIST (and an excellent choice of beans) to achieve a quality rivaling the product found in many high-end espresso machines. Whether the need is grinding beans for a french press, Aeropress, or mypressi, the Mini Mill Slim is the perfect travel solution.