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Dark Roast Kalita Recipe

Andrew Pautler

Kalita 185 brewer with coffee beans

The Kalita is one of the classic flat bottom brewers and comes in a larger (Kalita 185) and a smaller (Kalita 155) size. This recipe comes from Alex Smith, better know as The Kitchen Guy on Instagram. The recipe, and flat bottom drippers in general, can help bring out the flavor in darker roasted coffees (a favorite of Alex’s). This is a larger recipe better suited for the 185 size, but can easily be scaled down for a smaller cup and the smaller 155.

Kalita 185 brewer with coffee beans

Dark Roast Kalita Recipe

Alex Smith
A simple brew recipe tailored specifically for dark roasted coffee and the Kalita brewer
Prep Time 3 minutes
Brew Time 4 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving



  • 22 grams coffee ground medium coarse
  • 350 grams 205°F (96°C) water


  • Bloom coffee with 50 grams of 205°F (96°C) water
  • At 0:45, slowly pour 150 grams of water over grounds
  • At 2:00, slowly pour the final 150 grams of water over grounds
  • Brew should complete around 3:30


  • This recipe is intended for the larger Kalita 185 brewer, but can easily be scaled down to work with the Kalita 155
Keyword coffee, Kalita
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Prefer a more visual version of the brew recipe?

I created infographics of each recipe, which you can see below. You can also find it on Instagram here.

Dark Roast Kalita Recipe from @thekitchenguy_
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