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The Kalita line of drippers sold by Prima Coffee

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.

Brewing with a Kalita System Pre Infusion PicturePicture of Kalita dripper brewing setupPicture of a brew using the Kalita pourover brewing systemPicture of final brew on the Kalita system
Glass Decanter and Glass Wave Dripper all in one.

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.

Kalita Wave Pot Kettle

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.

4 Cup Kalita Glass Server

The Kalita Glass Server - 300mL or 500mL

The 300mL and 500 mL Kalita Glass servers fits both the 155 (Small) Wave Dripper and the 185 (Large) Wave dripper. It does its job and does it in style. For more information or to order see here.

Kalita Wave Filters

The Kalita Wave Filters

The Wave Filters are part of the brilliance of the Wave Dripper’s design. The filters suspend themselves in the dripper and should help aid in temperature stability. For more information or to order see here.

Brew Method: Pour Over

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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.


Kalita is a Japanese based company that specializes in producing coffee brewing equipment. Most notably they are the creators of the Kalita Wave Dripper and Kalita Wave Kettle. The Kalita Wave Dripper brings an innovative design to the pour over process with its wave filter and flat-bottom geometry. The wave filter helps temperature stability by keeping the water away from the brewer material and using air as an insulator. The flat bottom geometry helps provide an even extraction.
Kalita Wave Drippers is rated 4.625 out of 5 by 24.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and Consistent I've been using the Kalita Wave for a few months now and really love it. Coming from years of using a V60, I wanted to see if the Kalita Wave would deliver a good cup of coffee without too much fuss. I'm happy to report that it does! While the V60 delivers an excellent cup of joe - it is not very forgiving if you're a little hasty, sloppy or negligent. In contrast I feel like the Kalita is a bit more flexible. It seems to produce the same cup of coffee very consistently. With the V60 - every once in a while I'd get a cup of "WOW", but more often "That's very good". With the Kalita - I always get something between "WOW" and "That's very good". Overall I love it.
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Favorite The Kalita Wave has been a great addition to my gear. I brew from home, and I love the fact that it makes a nice, clean cup. The filters can be a little tricky to get the hang of (some people claim that they collapse too easily), but I found that if you wet the Kalita with a small amount of water and then set the filter on top of the water, it seals it in well and secures it so you can rinse. The result is a clean, well rounded flavor. Plus, it looks really great sitting on my coffee bar when not in use. If you brew single cups often, I really recommend this little guy.
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rocking flat bottomed dripper This is my third Kalita Wave dripper. The other two are smaller 155 models, in glass and stainless. My only complaint with the smaller brewers is that it can be tricky to maintain the filter shape while rinsing. It's much easier to accomplish this with the larger 185 brewer and filters. I definitely find the flat-bottomed Kalita Wave brewers more forgiving to work with that cone-shaped drippers like the Hario V60, which I used almost exclusively for several years. Using the Kalita Wave, I can consistently get a sweeter, less astringent cup with less work.
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Coffee My wife bought me this for Christmas. That woman is a lady and a scholar, and also the love of my life. I typically use a Chemex, but since receiving this dripper, I've brewed on nothing else save for larger crowds. Pour some water onto these grinds and it's not only the coffee that blooms, but a whole new universe of flavors and aromas that will make you recall the times of old that you never lived through, but wish you had; one sip of coffee brewed in this Kalita Wave Dripper will make you feel as your mind is transported into the body of Washington as he crossed the Delaware, Alexander the great as he toppled civilizations, Leonidas as he starred in that overly cinematic depiction of himself, and Michael Jordan as he... well, probably what he feels like every day, all the time. Needless to say I have enjoyed this product and with it's stainless steel construction (made out of such sturdy materials by the Japanese who, no doubt, have learned the value of strong, durable construction due to their frequent Godzilla attacks) I'll probably enjoy it until the inevitable, oncoming apocalypse. The Kalita Wave is my new favorite brew method and I highly suggest it to coffee lovers everywhere.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Quite What I Expected Coming from a Chemex and Hario V60, I'm accustomed to pretty delicious coffee. The Chemex delivers a brew that's smooth and clarified. The V60 produces a fruity and focused cup. With the Kalita, I've yet to have a bad result. I've also yet to have a truly great one. I consistently experience B to B- coffee--nothing offensive, but always somehow missing a few flavor notes. I've tried a number of different grinds, pouring techniques, and coffee beans. I've studied the online tutorials, perused the blogs for tips, and performed side-by-side comparisons between the Kalita and my other brewing techniques. I wish the Kalita had worked as well as hoped. Hands-down, it's the most stylish pour-over device out there. Unfortunately, I'm just not able to dial it in.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The quintessential pour over dripper. We've been doing 34g of coffee with 540 ml hot water and this seems to work just fine. My work uses 28g to 16oz but really I think it depends on your coffee and your preference. We also have a Hario V60 and my girlfriend and I definitely prefer the Kalita's forgiving apparatus. Unlike the V60, if you get too close the the edge with the Kalita, it won't water down the coffee. Definitely give the Kalita a shot.
Date published: 2013-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice little glass dripper I have been using it for about a week now & like it alot. I love glass & it works just fine. I am not a fancy coffee person - but really like the taste of my coffee now. Rinse filter first & I just boil a cup of water in a small revereware pot & it boils super fast & I pour it into a pyrex measuring cup - which keeps the water hot & slowly pour water onto the grounds. Works great! Really do not need a fancy coffee kettle with a long pouring spout. It drips into a pyrex or glass little pot on "low" or "warm" on stove & when done dripping - coffee is warm or hot & transfer coffee into a insulated glass coffee mug & it's great! A have a little glass milk frother & that works great - frothed milk is delicious!
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, great product Coming from a Melitta-style, one-hole dripper, I was not used to the flow rate in this dripper, so obviously it took some getting used to. I thought the flow rate would actually be a little slower than the one I previously owned, but it's actually faster. After getting used to that part, it was bombs away. It brews a fantastic cup. Also, the filters almost don't require any pre-wetting. Overall, I am completely satisfied with the product and would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2013-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "I've been waiting so long..." This is a great brewing device! I got the porcelain 185 model along with the glass carafe, have had it for just over a week, and I'm very happy with the setup. It's a great brewing method for lighter, more flavorful roasts, bringing out the more delicate flavor notes in specialty coffees. I use it with an electric water cooker (w/ filtered water), digital scales, and a hand-grinder for maximum nerdery, but that's not entirely necessary to still get an excellent cup of coffee out of the Kalita Wave. Such a beautiful, elegant design, too!
Date published: 2016-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kalita Wave Stainless #185: a nice little dripper! I considered buying a Kalita Wave dripper for a long time but put it off because the filters are hard to find. I finally decided to try it based on all the positive reviews; I am glad I did! I chose the stainless model so I could use it while out of town without fear of breakage; the quality of the stainless steel is very good. The dripper is easy to use and consistently makes great coffee without much fuss. The "large" #185 dripper easily makes a normal (to me) 16+ oz mug using around 30 grams of coffee. The coffee is noticeably hotter using this dripper compared to others, probably due to the unique paper filter. If you pre-wet the filter and preheat the mug or serving vessel you will have nice hot coffee. If you like pour-over brewed coffee you will like this dripper. Just make sure you don't run out of filters as not many vendors carry them and there is no substitute to be found at the local grocery.
Date published: 2014-12-18
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I've been using 24g of coffee ground at a 20 setting (Virtuoso) for 375g yield of coffee using the 155 for a total of a 3min brew time. Does all this seem right?

Asked by: Max I
Sounds good! I average 24g ground for 350g coffee, 3-4 min with the 155.
Answered by: outdeh
Date published: 2016-04-01

I have a 155 size that I pour over into a single mug. Can the 185 size also be poured over directly into a single mug or cup?

Asked by: Heather
Yes! It can.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-11-02

Why don't the companies who make "pour over" style makers make a larger style? Perhaps 6 cupper 4 guests? Know Kitchen Aid makes an automatic pour over...

Asked by: Killer
Check out the Chemex 6,8, and 10 cup pour over brewers.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-08-31

Hello! I'm using a Baratza Encore (grind level 20) to brew with the Kalita Wave 155 but am struggling to get my brew time down. I've tried slowing down my pour and letting the slurry drain a little longer before pouring again. Any suggestions?

Asked by: yeti_jr
You'll either need to decrease your dosage of coffee and water or grind coarser until you reach your optimal brew time.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-02-25

Are the white filters for the wave drippers bleached or oxygenated?

Asked by: Drew
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-01-15

Does the 155 steel wave dripper require filters?

Asked by: libgal
Yes. All sizes and materials of Kalita drippers require paper filters.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-12-12

Is the plastic ring around the glass dripper removable / replaceable?

Asked by: thmartin
Removable, yes. Replaceable, not likely.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-09-26

Can you please advise regarding the pros and cons of the different drippers (stainless, ceramic and glass). Thank you!

Asked by: mambo
When choosing which material is best for you we really recommend going with the style that is the most aesthetically pleasing. The steel does have a durability advantage over the the glass and ceramic, but in terms of heat retention and overall cup quality there really isn't going to be a detectable difference between materials.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-07-28

I will primarily be using the Kalita to make one cup of coffee at a time. Would you recommend I get the smaller 155 size or will I get a better extraction with the larger 185 one but with less coffee used in the pour over? Or is there no difference?

Asked by: cjpeltz
There's some debate whether grinding coarser in a small and deep bed is advantageous over grinding finer in a large and shallow bed when brewing with the same dose. Some have said that Time as a brewing factor may have unique impacts on coffee's flavor that Temperature and Agitation do not. I tend to believe that this isn't necessarily true, and that flavor can be manipulated in the same way with other brewing factors, specifically Agitation. Therefore, because grinding coarse always equals worse particle uniformity, while first accommodating your dose, I feel it's best to keep the grind as fine as possible in order to achieve the best uniformity of grind and evenness of extraction. All that to say, try a 185 Kalita and grind a little finer. :)
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-04-18

can you recommend a thermal carafe you sell that you can direcly brew over with the kalita 185,thanks

Asked by: markl
Hey, Mark. The replacement thermal carafe for the Bonavita Automatic Brewer actually would work nicely. The top is small enough to accommodate a Kalita drippper. These aren't available online, but we can help you place an order over the phone.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-04-14
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