remove the lid/plunger assembly from coffee pot
Put a heaping spoonful of coffee into the pot
poured the hot water into the French Press
used a chopstick to stir the coffee.
replace the lid/plunger assembly back into the pot, wait 4 minutes for steeping
one hand on lid, other slowly pushing the plunger down
wait 30-60 seconds and pour your coffee!
The coffee taste smooth, not bitter and even smelled better! I'm now a big fan of the French Press Coffee Pot! Bye-bye coffee maker!