3 Cup Chemex - Clarity and Complexity

The 3 cup Chemex is becoming a favourite of mine because of its cup profile. I really enjoy brewing smaller batches of filter coffee. I've always been able to better control smaller brews and I've consistently produced a better cup. The Chemex is super elegant and a beautiful piece of brewing equipment that produces clarity and complexity in the cup. 

The recipe that I use is simple and precise. Below is a step by step method of how I brew my 3 cup Chemex.

What you will need:

  • 3 cup Chemex
  • 3 cup Chemex filter paper
  • Freshly ground coffee
  • Hot water
  • Goose neck kettle
  • Scale
  • Timer
  • Cup


  1. Place Chemex filter paper into the cone with the thicker side against the spout. Rinse the paper filter. Try to leave the filter in place when discarding the water.

  2. Weigh out 14-15 grams and grind your beans to a medium courseness. Make sure you purge your grinder with a few grams of coffee. 
  3. Add coffee and gently shake to settle the grounds. Lift the filter paper slightly and place back down. I do this so the paper doesn't stick to the glass while you bloom. Now put your Chemex on the scale and set it to zero! 
  4. Start Brewing. Let your water reach boiling point and allow it to cool for about 1 minute. If you have a thermometer the water should be at about 95-97 degrees.  
  5. Pour 3 times the dose amount (42-45 grams) of water onto the grounds and let the coffee bloom for 30 seconds. Give the coffee a little swirl to make sure the coffee is fully saturated. 
  6. Start pouring slowly in a circular motion. Once you hit 250ml, stop. We are trying to aim for a brewing time of about 2:45 minutes and no more than 3 minutes. (If your brew time is too quick set your grinder finer; to slow set your grinder courser). 
  7. Your cup will have lots of clarity and a refined acidity and body. Very delicate Chemex profile.


All my methods are straightforward and simple. I hope they give you an understanding to brew better coffee to the taste you like.