Kalita Wave Stainless Steel Dripper

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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!
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.


Width Cone Width: 155 - 3 inches| 185 - 4.375 inches
Depth Collar Width: 155 - 4 inches | 185 - 4.00 inches
Height 155 - 2 inches | 185 - 2.75 inches
Material Polished Stainless Steel
Manufacturer Kalita


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How many cups of coffee can the 155 Kalita make compared to the 185 per serving?
Sergey T on Aug 29, 2013
Best Answer: I have both. The 185 is good between 500-1000 grams of water (~30 - ~60 grams coffee); the 155, 350-500 grams water (~22 - ~30 coffee).

I like that the short walls of the 155 allow the pour to get very close to the coffee, allowing what I understand Nick Cho to mean by a "zero pour."

However, the filters on the 155 can be a hassle: they don't always maintain their shape and sometimes give up their "wave" and collapse in on themselves. This has never happened to me with the 185.

Interestingly, the bottoms of the 155 and 185 have identical circumferences and you can use 185 filters on the 155 dripper. Of course the filter sticks out of the top of the 155, but only little.
Reply · Report · Benjamin B on Sep 2, 2013
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Can you provide the pros / cons of glass v. stainless. I realize glass will break but are there other differences in flavor, heat retention, etc?
iugradmark on Feb 25, 2015
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.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Mar 1, 2015
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Does the kalita include filters?
A shopper on Jan 21, 2014
Best Answer: No, the Kalita does not include filters and these would need to be purchased separately. They can be found at the link below:

Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 21, 2014
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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.
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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 28, 2013
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Where is this product manufactured?
A shopper on Dec 31, 2013
Best Answer: This Kalita Wave Dripper is made in Japan.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 2, 2014
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What is the width of the center of the base on Kalita 185? I have a thermal carafe with a 2 1/2" opening and I wonder if it will fit inside this opening and sit flat.
Thank you, Roy Holmes
conch fritter on Dec 25, 2016
Best Answer: I believe it is around an inch and a half. It will certainly fit. I love my Kalita Wave. Great design that delivers a consistent cup of coffee.
Reply · Report · Richard H on Jan 25, 2017
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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.
Eric L on Aug 16, 2015
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.
Reply · Report · DALE S on Nov 11, 2015
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I have a Virtuoso grinder. Any recommendations for an ideal grind setting?
A shopper on Feb 4, 2017
Best Answer: There is not an ideal setting. I have a Kalita 155 (smaller one) and when I get a new bag of coffee I start in the middle. (I have a Preciso grinder, so I set it at 20F). Typically, I use 16-18 grams of coffee and 300 grams of water. For that I look for a brew time of 2:30 to 3:00 minutes. If the brew time is less I adjust to a finer grind. If greater, I adjust to a coarser grind. (Time includes a 30 second bloom time). This is only a starting point. Experiment with different grind settings, but keep coffee and water amounts constant. Your ideal setting will be where you brew a cup that suits your taste. Note that since the Kalita's design limits the water flow rate, the grind size, although important, is not as critical as when using a Hairo V60 or Chemex.
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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 ?
Clyde H on Oct 1, 2014
Best Answer: >Do you have both the 185 & the 255 ? Is the 185 the largest ?
There is no "255" model. There is the 155 and the 185. The 185 is the larger of the two.

>What is the diameter of the bottom disc of the #185 ?
The diameter of the bottom of the 185 is 4 inches.
Reply · Report · Donald G on Oct 2, 2014
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Is the coffee dripper one piece or does it come apart?
A shopper on Nov 27, 2014
Best Answer: It is just one piece, so no need to worry about disassembly! :-)
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Nov 28, 2014
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best home coffee in 40 yearsReview by traveler
I have been using the 185 for at least 2 years now. Best, most reliable coffee. Kalita sits on my large stoneware mug (which I heated 1 minute in microwave with water I discard). 22 gm of dark roast into the Baratza Virtuoso on grind 19. Heat gooseneck bonavita (reverse osmosis water since San Diego water is so bad) to 205 degrees. Zero bonavita scale with mug, cone, filter and coffee. Do not prewet filter (too fragile). Wet grounds with 120 gm water for bloom let set to 40 seconds. Continue dripping water in circle slowing but not touching filter until 400 gm, at 2 minutes. Takes another 30 seconds to finish filtering. Hot flavorful, not bitter, not weak. Works for me! Takes only 5 minutes of my time or less. Reliable everytime. The most important thing with coffee is to experiment. Find what you like and do it the same everytime. It IS chemistry class. (Oh, and keep your stuff clean). I love the Kalitta because I feel the filters are the key. Flat bottom with flutes. System has worked for many overseas trips although i had to estimate wt of beans, water and temp/time. i don't leave home without it in my suitcase. (Posted on 12/4/2017)
Great coffee- a little finickyReview by Bill
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)
345g water
3:00 brew
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.
11oz produced

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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