The French Press steeps coffee grounds in hot water for 3-4 minutes. Once the coffee mixture has been steeped, a straining filter is submerged to strain the grounds and allow the coffee to be poured.
The French Press works best with coarsely ground coffee that is about the consistency of Kosher Salt. Using too fine a grind can result in grounds seeping through the filter and into the cup. Also, too fine a grind can over extract the coffee grounds and lead to a bitter taste.
Steps to brewing with a French Press
Step 1 - Pour coarsely ground coffee into French Press
Step 2 - Pour water just-off-the-boil over the grounds in a controlled consistent pour, attempting to make contact with as much of the grounds as possible
Step 3 - If not all of the grounds have made contact with the water, use a spoon to stir the dry grounds into the water. The entire French Press does not need to be stirred, just as long as all of the grounds have made contact with water and are able to steep
Step 4 - Place plunger on top of French Press in the up position
Step 5 - Allow coffee to steep for 3-4 minutes
Step 6 - Submerge the plunger with a slow and even push
Step 7 - Pour the coffee and enjoy