What Makes The Kalita Wave Coffee Brewer Unique?

Part of pour-over coffee's beauty is accessibility. Purchase a simple device and your favorite beans; the sky's the limit for extracting flavor. Sure, espresso machines aren't fading away anytime soon, but there's a reason these fancy funnels are catching on. Pour-over coffee accentuates coffee's complex tastes and aromas and allows for efficient extraction to highlight "nuances" of flavor (via The Perfect Daily Grind).

The price to pay for such incredible flavor is the difficulty of the brew style – heating your water, grinding and measuring your beans, and then adding them to the filter. Apart from these variables, making sure all coffee grounds are evenly extracted can be challenging, notes The Perfect Daily Grind. These steps may seem like a sacrifice but what you get in return is far more rewarding. As Ben Keough, editor for Wirecutter at The New York Times, says, "This is because coffee from a pour-over maker is infinitely more adjustable to your preferences."

The iconic shaped Chemex and the precise Hario V60 coffee maker are perennial pour-over favorites, but experienced baristas and newcomers can turn to the Kalita Wave, as it's regarded as the most forgiving pour-over method, notes Monsieur Coffee. Here's why. 

Kalita Wave's unique filter and three-holed bottom enables even extraction

As evinced by its name, the Kalita's wave-like filters are the device's defining attribute. In addition to creating interspersed contact with the vessel on the sides, the paper filters also don't touch the bottom of the funnel. According to Kalita, such a design prevents the accumulation of water and promotes even and steady extraction no matter how the water is poured. 

The Kalita also has three holes instead of a singular drainage. This feature circulates water flow through a wider area of coffee grounds without flooding in one spot. Unlike other filter devices, this enables a more relaxed pouring technique. It's less about placement and more about adding water steadily and slowly, notes Extracted Magazine. Such factors equate to a slower-brewed cup than competitor filter devices. Tailoring to various beans is still possible through varying grind sizes — and after the grounds are bloomed, the brewing process is simple without adjustments. 

Perfect for a morning coffee ritual, this device will produce a delectable result that is dependably rich and won't often disappoint, per The New York Times.