Put the tea leaves into the teapot. The amount of tea leaves varies based on the type of tea, but it is generally about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon.
Heat the water in a kettle. The temperature of the water depends on the variety of tea, but the water should be steaming. Pour the water into the teapot.
Wait for the tea's components to infuse. You should wait between 30 seconds and 1 1/2 minutes, depending on the type of tea. Pour the tea into cups to drink.