Some people are a little nutso about theirs! LOL
Yes, a competition! (click picture for link)
I am as surprised as anyone that, now half a year later, I am still using it every day! I initially didn't like that I had to make one cup at a time, but I've now made some adjustments to fix that snag. Making one cup at a time still yields the best tasting cup, but the method I'll describe is a tremendous improvement over drip, tied with a french press, and infinitely better than a Keurig.
I use the inverted method, which eliminates dripping during brewing time.The numbers below follow the picture as you would read starting at the top left.
- Heat 28 ounces of water to 180*-190*
- Add 4 tablespoons (59g) quality freshly ground coffee (fairly fine grind), a bit more if your beans aren't terribly flavorful
- The grounds go to about the 3 level
- Add enough water to fill and stir gently
- When it looks like this, stir another 5ish seconds, about 15 seconds total, top off with as much water as will fit
- Slightly wet the filter to make it stick to the lid, I do this as I pour the remaining water into an insulated carafe (my old Thermos french press)
- Screw on the lid and let brew 3-4 minutes
- Flip over and slowly press the plunger down into carafe (as an aside, ladies - if you happen to have a diastasis recti or are trying to remember to do your kegels, this is a great time to do your exercises)
- Enjoy delicious coffee; Batman mug not required, but adds to the experience.
Right now I use the paper filters that came with the press, but when they run out, I will probably get a stainless steel, reusable filter to let through some of the oils that are trapped by paper that I miss from the french press.