To make coffee using a French press, the first step is to boil water in a kettle. While the water is coming to a boil, you can grind your coffee beans. (Boiling the water first will allow it to cool to the correct temperature and prevent scalding the coffee.)
Grind the coffee beans to a medium to coarse grind.
Remove the lid and plunger from the pot. You may want to fill the carafe with hot tap water, the pour it out. This will warm the glass of the press and help keep your coffee hot.
Spoon the ground coffee into the carafe, using about 1 heaping tablespoon of coarsely ground coffee per 5 ounces of water. Slowly pour very hot water over the ground coffee, filling to the desired level. Most of the coffee will float. Gently stir the water at this point and many of the grounds will sink.
Replace the lid and plunger with the plunger just 2 inches down into the brew. Don’t press down yet, but allow the coffee to steep for approximately 4 minutes depending on desired strength (the longer it steeps, the stronger the coffee).
After the coffee has steeped, hold the lid with one hand, and using slow, steady pressure depress the plunger keeping the rod upright. It should have some resistance, but not too much. If you tilt the rod, or press too quickly you might ruin the coffee by letting grounds escape from beneath the filter, or by overflowing the pot. Don't use a lot of force to press down, or scalding liquid may shoot out of the pot. Allow sediment to settle for 30 seconds before pouring.
Turn the lid to open the pour spout, and pour. Don't remove the lid for serving.