Phil Goodlaxson of Corvus Coffee Roasters on the often misused French press.
1) For a 16-ounce press, coarsely grind 3 tablespoons of beans using a burr grinder. Remove the top of the press and tap the grounds into the bottom.
2) Bring 16 ounces of water to a boil. Remove from heat and wait for bubbles to cease. Start a kitchen timer set for 4 minutes. Pour enough water to cover the grounds. Wait 10 to 20 seconds. Continue filling the press with water, pouring in slow circles.
3) With a spoon, break up clumps. Place the filter and lid onto the press with the plunger fully up. When the timer goes off, hold on to the lid and press down on the plunger slowly, until the grounds reach the bottom of the press. Serve immediately.