I use a French press. I never really got on with them before - the coffee always tasted burnt. Then I found out about not using very hot water and scalding the grounds.
I now put some warm tapwater in the pot first, put the coffee in, and stir it a bit until the grounds are mixed in and not just floating on the top. If you're only making for yourself, you can also add an appropriate amount of sugar too, and stir that until it's dissolved - saves time sugaring each cup individually. Then I add the boiled water from the kettle.
The grounds are now floating in cooler water. The boiled water just brings them up to temperature, but they don't get scalded. Your coffee will taste better for not getting too hot.
Of course you could just not get the kettle so hot in the first place, but most of us don't have kettles that'll let us dial in 80 degrees instead of boiling.