The Bialetti is far and away the simplest coffee maker I've ever used. It's not rocket science. You don't need to weigh your grounds, you don't need to overfill or pack them down. Just fill the funnel with your selected coffee, ground no finer than espresso grind, fill the pot with water to just below the valve, screw the top on tightly, set on your stove for about 7 minutes on high. When it starts to "chuff", turn it down to low for another minute or so, then remove from burner, open the lid, give it a stir, pour and enjoy. You guys are thinking too hard!