I’m not someone who drinks coffee all day, but I do enjoy a cup in the morning, and sometimes one in the afternoon. To make coffee, I take lessons from the Italians--not the French--and prepare my morning coffee in a small stovetop coffee pot, the Moka Express.
Manufactured by Bialetti, the Moka comes in several sizes; I have a one-cup that I use everyday, and a six-cup that I use when I have guests. Just a note that these are espresso cups; for making brewed coffee a French press would be my choice.
Both of my Mokas are aluminum, though stainless and electric models are available. But there is something quaint and European about the aluminum models, and, I am certain the coffee tastes much better in these more traditional pots.
You can buy this little piece of European luxury for less than $20; if you enjoy espresso, it is worth every penny.
Is it possible that there is something the Italians do better than the French? Hmm . . .