Heat the teapot or cup and the strainer with a rinse of boiling water.
Place the tea in the warm strainer or filter and let stand for a few minutes to begin to steam the leaves.
Pour simmering water over the tea leaves, ensuring they're fully covered.
Let the tea steep for 3 - 5 minutes, depending on the type of tea.
Remove the strainer and stir the tea before pouring. Let the tea cool for a few minutes and enjoy!