Probably not enough coffee grounds......try a heaping teaspoon per 5 oz of water. Your French Press may come with a scoop and a recommended formula. Your press will also maintain a higher temperature (just below boiling) longer.AddieLove said:Napcat, I don't know about roasting, but perhaps I can master the other two. Okay, so I tried an experiment just now and it failed miserably. I heated about a cup of water on the stove and then put about 1 1/2 Tbsp of coffee in it. I let it sit for a minute and then swirled it around. I then let it sit for another seven. I filtered out the grounds, took a sip, and the coffee tasted like slightly flavoured water. This was my attempt to reproduce the press pot before buying the press pot. What did I do wrong?