Sometimes, before that first cup of coffee, drowsiness gives us the drop-sies. Luckily the Kalita Wave Series has a stainless steel version of their beautiful (and breakable) glass version. Both coffee drippers incorporate a flat-bottom design with a patented "Wave" filter. Together they create an even coffee extraction that you control. Take a little time to perfect your pour and this coffee dripper design will amaze you with delicious results.
The 155 Wave dripper is optimized for brewing a single-serving of brewed coffee. We recommend this dripper for 1-2 tablespoons of coffee, yielding 12-16 ounces of brewed coffee.
The 185 Wave dripper is for when you need that venti size coffee. Try 2-3 tablespoons of fresh ground coffee and ideally your yield will be approximately 16-26 ounces of brewed coffee.
Relaxing Ritual - Take time to smell the coffee! A perfect pour over takes about four minutes of brew time.
Ride the Wave - With the patented Wave filter design, you can achieve amazingly delicious coffee results with the proper prep.
Party Pooper - This is not the coffee maker meant for a crowd. Limited capacity is ideal for 1-4 servings of coffee.
Filter This! - You can't run to the corner store for specialty Wave coffee filters, plan ahead so you don't run out!
Ease of Use
Ease of Care and Maintenance
Overall Value for the Money
How Does it Compare?
The Kalita Wave coffee dripper is one of the finest pour overs on the market.
Tips and Tricks
In order to maintain the wave shape of the Wave filter, use a gooseneck tea kettle for the best control of boiling water.
I've never used, or even seen a 185 size, but I'm very happy to talk about the 155. The 155 is small; 4 tbls. of grounds is a nice amount, and for my tastes, that makes about an 8 or maybe 10 ounce cup. I do use a long- neck kettle, but here's another method that works well, too. As the water comes up to temp, wet the grounds with a few tablespoons of water. Do this about 20 or 30 seconds before you start pouring the rest of the water. Then slowly make a pour in roughly concentric circles. I like the 155 so much, I bought a second. Some mornings just use both, then clean up. Finally, their are loads of videos on this topic, including, I believe, ones from SCG.
It's optimal for a 12-oz. serving of coffee (2 small mugs), made with 20g of ground bean and 350g of water (17.4 is the best bean:water ratio). I have both, and use the larger if I'm making coffee for two. Might sound silly, but I originally bought the 185 for both single- and multiple-servings, and the 155's shape and size is just much better for the former.
The 155 Kalita will brew eight ounces comfortably, using sixteen grams of coffee beans. Twelve ounces, using twenty-four grams of coffee beans, is pushing it. The 155 Kalita is smaller than I anticipated it would be.
What is the diameter of the outlet on the bottom of the cone below the collar? I am interested in making coffee straight into a small thermos and need to know if it will fit inside the inner neck diameter of the thermos. Thanks!
A shopper on May 28, 2013
Best Answer:The Kalita 185 Wave is 1 7/8 inches at the outlet point at the bottom, with the Wave 155 measuring just slightly smaller. The glass models are a bit larger at the wide point at the bottom, as an fyi!
Best Answer:Some people can pick on particular nuances, and will find a bit of a metallic taste from brewing in a stainless steel pour over, while a glass container generally does not impart any flavors onto the coffee. However, stainless steel makes it slightly lighter in weight and more travel friendly. Both will need to be pre-warmed before brewing, as they will absorb heat, which can detract from your flavor if you don't.
Does the 185 make a nice 12oz cup? I feel as though I'd be making that size cup for myself most days but would like to be able to make a larger batch if I was sharing with someone. Not sure if the larger cone changes the extraction or draw down etc. for smaller cups in comparison to the 155.
Best Answer:I have both. The 185 will go upwards of 20 oz. I make 16-18 routinely and they are some of the best I've ever had. I'm so impressed with the Kalita. The 155 should do 12 oz at its upper end. So if you want to make more, you should probably try the 185.
Actually the Kalta 155 is perfect for a 12 ounce coffee if your dosage is 20 to 24 grams of coffee. Using more than 24 grams iof coffee is when i break out the 185. I personally think to much filter would be wasted using the 185 for 12 ouncea of water.
Your website doe not give the number designation to the Kalita Wave Stainless Steel Dripper. Do you have both the 185 & the 255 ? Is the 185 the largest ? My coffee cup is 3 inches in diameter. Will the # 185 fit on top of it ? Or, is the 185 too small to fit over my 3 inch cup ? What is the diameter of the bottom disc of the #185 ?
I think I can help clarify! The outside edge of the Kalita size 185 is about 3 7/8 inches, but there is an inner circle that nests just inside the edge of your cup that is about 1 7/8 inches. For this reason it fits fairly nicely in a wide range of different sized cups! It will absolutely fit on top of a 3" cup without falling in.
I bought the Kalita 155 in stainless steel. It can make very good coffee, but I do find it to be a little challenging. First, the opening on the 155 is quite small for a pour-over- it takes great care not to spill any dry grounds into the spaces between the brewer and ridges of the filter (I prefer no grounds in my coffee!). I do rinse the filter, and it is quite sensitive- it can crumple and lose its shape easily, and removing it from the brewer after rinsing it is also a risky move.
I have a goose-neck kettle, though not one with a really thin spout, so this also makes aiming into the small space of grounds a careful procedure. My current recipe:
19g coffee (ground to the fine side of medium, 7 from 0 on a Lido 2)
I think that going with the 185 model would have remedied many of these problems- it has a larger opening, larger, less sensitive filters, and it can still make the smaller cups of coffee. My local shop makes 12 oz. cups with the 185 that turn out amazing!
(Posted on 3/5/2016)
Makes a great cupReview by Dana
I was ready to upgrade from my plastic cone dripper. I wanted a gooseneck kettle as well and I liked what I saw with the Kalita Wave products. I purchased the kettle elsewhere and picked up the dripper from SCG. They make a great combination for drip coffee and have nice craftsmanship. I was initially concerned with the size of the 185 as it was the largest available and still much smaller than I was used to with my cone filters. This ended up being educational as I was often drinking stale coffee where now I prepare a fresh pot. I had been using ground coffee and making too much at a time and now it is all freshly ground and small batches....the flavors really come out now and I feel happy that I have a set up that will keep me and my wife happy for years to come. (Posted on 10/19/2014)
best coffee you'll haveReview by matt
If you want a good consistent pour over, this is the only method. We did a blind taste test. One coffee, brewed in a kalita, a v60, and a chemex. The majority of people chose the kalita. It brings out the most sweet, crisp flavor notes, nice body. clarity, and expresses the coffees flavor the best. A flat bottom makes the most sense. You have a flat , even bed of coffee, and a flat even bed of water , pushing through it. Its a lot less focused on pouring technique, but when you pour. In a shop setting, you want consistency , and this is it. (Posted on 5/15/2014)
incredibleReview by davis
Anybody considering buying this and is reading this review, stop reading and go buy it immediately. if you need more then so be it. I decided to order one to see what all the hype was about. it arrived at my doorstep so i decided to brew a cup of portland roastings Tanzania on it, it's my favorite so i figured i'd stat on a good note.
23 grams coffee.
345 grams water
200 degree starting temp
45 second bloom,
3 minute brewing time.
oh man, first sip and i was blown away. flavors at the nose where dulled a little bit, but the finish was greatly emphasized. big berry and citrus notes, and even some spice i hadn't noticed before on aeropress & chemex. This simple, but great coffee became suddenly twice as intricate. the fact that it's made of steel keeps the coffee really hot while brewing. i HIGHLY recommend stocking up on filters. it does't come with any, and i haven't been able to find any for the 155 size in all of Portland Oregon. These guys aren't cheap, but the liquid gold they produce doesn't taste cheap either. don't waste you money on a hario V60. in comparison they're difficult, inconsistent, and completely reliant on how much skill and effort is put into the bloom. speaking of which, i suggest adding 10-15 seconds to your usual bloom time on the kalita. really makes some of the sweeter notes pop.
The Kalita is a perfect beginner, and intermediate pour over. easy to use. consistent. very functional. my chemex has been gathering dust since i got mine.
also in case your wondering you only REALLY need the 185 size if you plan on brewing two cups at a time. however i only suggest using the 155 for up to a 12 oz. i think the 185 can do upwards of 20 oz.
enjoy, i hope this helps your decision! (Posted on 1/24/2014)
Nice pour over coffee makerReview by Matt
The Kalita Wave dripper makes a good cup of coffee. The 155 was a bit smaller than I anticipated. I'm accustomed to a Hario 02 dripper and a Chemex. Twenty-four grams of coffee and 340 grams of water are about all the 155 can accommodate. The three small holes make for an extended brew time, compared to the Hario and the Chemex;I use a continuous-pour technique. I've only used the Kalita a few times, but the coffee seems bright and bold . . . maybe. I'll keep experimenting with it.
(Posted on 6/6/2013)
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