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May 14th 2009 6:45PM Illy recommends that you press the coffee immediately after filling the pot. Actually, they say you should cover the grounds with hot water and stir to make sure there are no lumps. Then, fill the pot, stir again, and press immediately.
I was completely skeptical. But, I found that immediately pressing let the lighter flavors come through. I usually press immediately now.
I've also found that the single most important factor in making a good pot of coffee is finding a roast that you like and getting the beans as soon as you can after they are roasted. The first two days after roasting are the best with a steep decline from there to one week. After that, just get your beans from Peets or Starbucks.