There is only one way of making good French coffee, and no amount of complicated utensils will improve on it. The right proportion of coffee is a heaped-up tablespoonful to a cup. Put it in the filter and pour over it the boiling water little by little. As the water goes through slowly, it is advisable to stand the coffee pot in boiling water. It is absolutely useless to make the water go through several times, as all the goodness and colour from the coffee is extracted by the very first water which goes through. It is dangerous to stand the coffee pot on a gas ring, as the coffee might boil and all the aroma would disappear. It takes quite a quarter of an hour to make enough coffee for four people, which, I suppose, explains why so many people do not take the trouble to do it well.