I love coffee. I mean, duh! I own a coffee house. I love coffee so much that I'm very particular about the method I use to brew it (this article is also a post in our forum. If you want to ask questions or learn more, go here).
I use the pour over method. It's a simple concept, best shown with this picture from my coffee shop, The Coffee Shelf.
I use a slightly different product, from what is pictured here, to manually brew my coffee.
I use what is termed the Chemex method. It's a single glass container, so there are less moving parts (bottom of this article is a link to a picture on Amazon).
Here is how I brew my coffee every morning
Turn on my kettle to get my water boiling (it's already full of water).
Grab a #4 filter made from recycled paper (yes, I'm one of those recycle dorks)
Place the filter into the glass cone and run water over it to prepare the filter
Dump the excess water out, without removing the filter (the water will run down the sides, but the filter will not fall out - the wetness makes it stick to the glass).
Place my grounds into the filter. I only need one scoop because I only make one cup.
When my water is done boiling, slowly soak the grounds until they are fully soaked.
As the water level drops add more water. But don't go above the initial level required to get the grounds fully soaked (see pic above for example of water level).
I continue doing this until I have enough coffee for one cup.
The Chemex I use can be found at the below link. It is large enough to make two full cups of coffee.