I must set my alarm a little earlier now. French pressed coffee is so amazing, that I don't know if I can use an automatic coffee maker again. I used Starbucks whole beans and coarse ground them, and used three scoops for about 3 cups of water. I ran the water through the coffee maker to heat it, and then poured it on top of the ground coffee in the press. Let it steep for about 3-4 minutes, press, and enjoy. Yum.