I bought a Vietnamese coffeemaker in NY's Chinatown, down on Mulberry Street. It looked like the typical thing, and it cost what I was told was the going rate, around 4 dollars. I brought it back to school with me in hopes of avoiding the awful deli that rips off students and makes horrid coffee, as well as Charbucks...the problem is, I can't seem to use it properly (insert laughter here). I spoon in 2 tablespoons of coffee, and then screw down the filter as tight as possible. However, the boiling water just runs through the grinds very quickly, rather than slowly dripping through. I have tried coffee ground in both (a) french press and (b) drip grinds, so I think the grind is coarse (but not too coarse). As far as I can tell, I'm not putting too much in, since the filter still screws down. No matter how much I screw down, though, it still spins a bit.
I'm a little lost as to what to do. Have I bought a defective model? (There is a very slight gap between the side of the top filter and the wall of the pot, but that seems to be there on all of the makers I look at online, from what I can tell). Is there something I should be doing with the two black screws on the side (what do those do anyway? I've tried screwing them and loosening to no avail.
Any advice appreciated - I'm getting more sleep deprived by the hour, which is bad news when I've got chapters of bankruptcy to read....