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.

Others: A basic glass gaiwan is perfect for beginners

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.

TEA 101Cecelia Lau