I meant to share this earlier in the week but got back to the normal routine of life and work and didn't have a moment to sit down and shape this out for you.
So how do you make that perfect cup of coffee? Here's my methodology.
Technology - French Press
Beans - yes, fresh roasted (as close as you can get), not frozen, not flavored... DON'T GRIND THEM YET!
Hydration - water, put some in a tea kettle and get it up to temperature, basically get it boiling.
Now the method.
When you tea pot starts screaming or wailing or moaning or whatever your tea pot does pull it off the burner so that it settles down. The ideal temp for your water is going to be 200º. Usually after about thirty seconds off the burner it's ready.
Now grind those beans. There isn't an exact science to this but I go for 2 tablespoons for every 2 cups of coffee. Don't grind them to a fine sand, but a semi-course texture. You don't want it looking like there are coffee rocks in your French Press, but you don't want super-fine grain either. Somewhere in between. Look at some kosher salt and you'll have a good view of how ground you want to have it.
Immediately after grinding place the grounds in the French Press and pour in enough 200º water to fully immerse the grounds. Don't fill the entire French press yet. Just cover the grounds. Then get a knife or spoon or chopstick and gently stir the grounds. This is the bloom and if your beans are fresh you should get a nice light foamy head of sorts. Once you have done that then you can pour in the rest of the water and stir.
From this point wait about three minutes and thirty seconds. Then gently press the plunger down in your french press all the way to the bottom. Make it a fluid movement. Don't press too fast, but you shouldn't have to exert too much pressure either. I estimate about 20-30 seconds worth of pressing if you've filled your press full. Your total time brewing from the time you first pour your water in to get a bloom going to the time you start pressing should be no more than four minutes! Start pressing at the four minute mark or you will over-brew your coffee. Trust me, I'm a snob.
Then pour and enjoy. The perfect cup. Unless you've ground up flavored beans from the freezer.