It really isn't all that great, to be honest. But I do think it has the best utility/ease of use for areas where a french press wouldn't quite work. Try this - put two scoops (regular scoops, not aeropress scoops. That would be about a scoop and a half) of coffee and fill up with water just off the boil to the 4 mark. Stir for 10 seconds then flip the plunger upside down and put it on top for around 40-50 sec. Then, plunge it slowly. Taste and add more hot water to your tastes. Its certainly not as good as a french press but it ain't too bad. The scoop and water up to the 2 line in the instruction manual tastes like absolute shit.