Step 3: The Tea Leaves
Loose leaf tea should be used, as previously mentioned, and it should be placed directly into the teapot, not in one of those little infuser baskets. This is because bag tea uses lower grade tea with much finer particles, which lessens the amount of flavor released. Bags and other devices that contain tea leaves inhibit the leaves' ability to expand properly in the water and release their full flavor.
According to Orwell, six teaspoons of tea should be used for every quart of water.