While it’s one of the simplest methods of brewing coffee, a French press is not exactly obvious to use. I recall when I bought my first one, it came with no directions, so it took a bit of experimenting to figure out the right way of using it (this was in the days before the internet could tell you anything you wanted to know). If you’re new to this, consider checking out the excellent how-to instructions over at WikiHow. French presses are NOT difficult use, far from it in fact, and the coffee they produce is really some of the best you can make. They’re also great for camping, as they only require hot water yet still produce excellent coffee (unlike the traditional campfire percolators). Look for a plastic one if camping is your goal.