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Very Okay Kalita 185 Brew Recipe

Andrew Pautler

Bowl with coffee beans and Kalita 185 brewer

The Kaltia is one of the most popular flat bottom brewers—and one of my favorites to brew with. This recipe is great with a wide range of coffees, but really works well for light to medium roasted coffee with the goal to increase body and sweetness. It comes from Elika Liftee, the 2020 US Brewers Cup champion and a barista trainer at Onyx Coffee Lab. This recipe is designed for the Kalita 185 size, but could easily work on the smaller Kalita 155 size.

Bowl with coffee beans and Kalita 185 brewer

Very Okay Kalita 185 Brew Recipe

Elika Liftee
A simple brew recipe designed specifically to efficiently extract coffee for an excellent cup with a flat-bottomed dripper.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 1 kcal



  • 16 grams coffee ground medium fine
  • 250 grams 207°F (97°C) water


  • Bloom coffee with 30 grams of 207°F (97°C) water
  • At 0:20, pour 70 grams of water in the center
  • At 0:40, pour 100 grams of water in the center
  • At 1:20, pour 50 grams of water in a spiral pour
  • Brew should complete around 2:10


  • Ideal for light to medium roasted coffee
  • Grind fine for more consistent grind distribution, more body, and more sweetness.
  • Use hard water at 150 TDS and 38 kH for faster flow rate and higher acidity
  • The hotter water is used for faster flow rate and efficient extraction
  • The grind size should be 540 microns, which is around 18 clicks on the Comandante C40 (about 9-10 on Baratza Encore)
  • If your total brew time is off, adjust grind size to achieve target drain time +/- 15 seconds


Calories: 1kcal
Keyword coffee, Kalita
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