Teaware for Pros: Gaiwans, fair cups and more
Our favorite teaware and accessories for gong fu cha
Serious about tea? We recommend learning to prepare gong fu cha using a gaiwan, pitcher and tasting cups.
Gaiwan ~ lidded bowl
The lidded bowl is used all over China to prepare tea. The proportions are different to how tea is prepared in the West; in a gaiwan, 2-3 grams of tea are used with only 3-5 ounces of water! Many infusions can be enjoyed over the course of a single tea session when brewed in this manner.
Recommendation: Manual - beautiful starter set for one, designed in Chicago.
PItcher i.e. Fair cup
While the leaves are brewed in a gaiwan, the tea is decanted into a pitcher to more easily serve multiple guests.
Glass allows us to admire the leaves and color of the liquor.
Recommendation: A simple glass pitcher
This is personal preference! Glass is still a favorite material because it allows us to admire the color of the tea, but ceramic and porcelain are also lovely.
Beautiful teacups and accessories here, direct from Taiwan.