I've been playing around with my work flow for making french press coffee and came to a realization today. Yesterday's coffee was brewed by just pouring the full amount of water into the carafe and letting it brew for the prescribed amount of time, in this case 4 minutes. Today I decided to bloom the grounds by adding just enough water to the grinds to soak them and let it sit for 30 seconds before pouring the rest of the water into the carafe. The total brew time is still 4 minutes. I found that by making this simple change the taste of the coffee in the cup is smoother and doesn't have any of the bitterness that I tasted yesterday. I'm now sold on the concept of blooming the coffee before brewing the entire pot. I should add that I drink my french press coffee as a cafe au lait.