Make sure the carafe is clean (no oils left over in wire screen). Use two rounded tablespoons of coffee for each 8oz. of water. (there are different sizes of French Press carafes but keep this formula)
Use a coarse grind (extremely important –about breadcrumb texture)
Using the correct temperature water (205 degrees) slowly add to the carafe and fill halfway. After 45 seconds, gently stir the “bloom” (top layer) allowing the grounds to mix and sink.
Place the lid/screen on the carafe but DO NOT “plunge” yet.
After 3 -5 minutes you will need to start the plunge ( 3 minutes for small carafe)
Hold the lid with one hand and gently push the plunger down. The screen will push the grinds to the bottom. (do not rush this part!)
Pour your beverage into a warm cup. Do not let the carafe sit with coffee for more than 15 minutes. Enjoy!