Place the water in a tea kettle and heat it between 200° and 212°F.
Pre-heating the teapot or cup in which the tea will be served (optional). It is always good to do so before you pour the boiling water into it because the temperature of the water may drop down immediately if the pot or cup is not warm.
Measuring the tea leaves, undoubtedly an important step. Up to two grams of black loose tea leaves can be added to make one perfect cup of tea.
Place the tea leaves in the pot or cup, either directly or in an infuser, and pour water over them.
Place the lid on the teapot, or if using a cup, cover the cup with a lid or a small saucer.
Let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes. It’s best to taste your tea after 3 minutes and then after every 30 seconds until it satisfies your taste.
As soon as the tea is ready, remove the leaves by lifting out the infuser or pouring the tea through a strainer. (The taste may vary if the leaves are not removed on time)
You can add milk and honey to sweeten your tea. Many people also prefer adding lemon and sugar cubes to their tea. If you add milk, heat it gradually by adding the milk to the cup first and then pouring in the tea. Avoid combining milk and lemon together as the milk may curdle