The Kalita Wave is a unique pour-over brewer in that it has a flat bottom with three small holes for a more controlled brew. This effectively slows down the process and allows the water to stay in contact with all of the coffee in the basket for a greater amount of time. Other cone-shaped brewers, while also capable of producing a fabulous cup of Joe, require more attention and finesse to the pour technique. For this reason, we find that the Wave is a consistent performer that requires less input from the user, which can be a windfall in the wee hours of the morning! This sturdy little brewer is also great for traveling.