Tea Quote. The perfect cuppa: start with fresh, cold water. Bring just to a boil (some ppl let it boil forever). Add to your teapot, along with 2 teaspoons loose tea in a large tea 'sock' (or 2-3 bags) per pot. Let tea steep for 3-4 minutes. Remove tea bags/leaves. (Don't squeeze out the tea leaves, you'll make bitter tea. All for a tablespoon of tea? Shame, shame.) Enjoy your cuppa!