Espresso Parts partners with Japan’s Kalita to launch Kalita USADaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

Kalita Wave brewer and server. All images courtesy of Kalita USA.

Japanese mechanical equipment manufacturer Kalita has reestablished its official United States outpost with the launch of Kalita USA. The new brand comes from a partnership with Washington State coffee equipment company Espresso Parts.

Espresso Parts has been distributing Kalita mechanical brewers and accessories in the US since at least 2016. The Japanese brand is perhaps best known for its Kalita Wave mechanical brewer, often seen in stainless steel with ribbed walls, three holes in the flat bottom, and Kalita’s fluted. paper filters.

Kalita Wave 185 Wave SS-113 (1)

The company’s predecessor, Kalita-US, operated by San Francisco-based Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, ceased operations in 2019.

For Espresso Parts, based in suburban Olympia Lacey, the partnership is the third of its kind in as many years. In 2020, the company launched Ascaso-USA in partnership with Spanish espresso maker Ascaso. Last year, it partnered with Italian hardware maker Fiorenzato to create Fiorenzato-USA.

Each of those brands now has its own US website and online store separate from the Espresso parts site.

Espresso Parts marketing manager Kevin Casteel told DCN that the company sought distribution partnerships with brands it believed could stand on their own while serving specific audiences in the coffee equipment market.

Kalita Wave 185 Wave SS-120 (1)

“By building a US brand, we’re able to provide a better online experience, tailor content for specific audiences, and establish deeper trust than if we were to deliver products only through Espresso Parts.”

Founded in 1958 in Tokyo, Kalita has become popular in hand brewing, both for home users and coffee purveyors, with “hand brew bars” or “slow bars”. In addition to its signature Wave brewers, the brand offers a V-shaped brewer along with numerous filters, servers, kettles and brewing kits.

Kalita server ship

Espresso Parts plans to operate the Kalita USA booth at the Specialty Coffee Expo, April 21-23 in Portland, Oregon.

“We launched Kalita USA because we believe in the product and continued innovation that Kalita brings to the coffee industry,” Espresso Parts said in a company statement this week. “We are excited to continue providing the highest quality equipment to coffee enthusiasts and professionals across the country.”

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