I am not a coffee drinker, but I used this coffee press to help get everyone up and going and rock climbing over the weekend. This works just like a French press, just do not ground the beans super fine, just how you normally would for a French press. If you grind them small it is kind of chunky coffee. It boiled so fast and everyone ranted and raved about this jet boil system, and HEY...it got all the hungover people on the rock faster! so I give this 2 thumbs up!