According to Wikipedia, french press first originally patented in 1929 by Italian designer Attilio Calimani. Nowadays, it goes with many different names such as caffettiera a stantuffo, cafetière, сafetière à piston, Cafeteria, press pot, coffee press, or coffee plunger.
Calimani’s patent drawings, 1929 (gallacoffee.co.uk)
Mayer and Delforge’s patent drawings, 1852 (gallacoffee.co.uk)
So, what is the first step to use the french press? At MarthaStewart.com the chefsteps team explained that you need to get the proper tools to prepare the coffee, and one of it is a good quality french press. Read the full story here.
Here is one of the press you could grab online from Amazon:
This french press by Culinary Prestige had over 300+ 5 star reviews with price less than 50 bucks.
How about this one, a stainless steel one with more than 1600+ 5 star reviews:
If you prefer to watch step by step video, former world barista champion Tim Wendelboe has published tutorial video recently. Enjoy: