- Tea Knowledge
This hand-painted gaiwan features three original illustrations of a cute little monk in traditional clothes. The hand-coloring makes each piece unique. All rims have been painted in a slight brown tinge to give a rustic touch to the gaiwan. The round shape and compact size are ideal for newbies of Gongfu Cha, while the absence of saucer and a tall cup base make of it a minimalist and original gaiwan that is interesting for Gongfu Cha purists and collectors.
Why do I need a gaiwan?
The gaiwan is the most common tea vessel in China. It comprises three pieces: a thin-walled, handle-less cup, a saucer and a lid. The cup is given a flared lip to hold it without burning one’s fingers.
According to custom, you should brew only the precise quantity of tea that you need to serve you and your guests. Several infusions follow; only freshly brewed tea is dispensed in the cups. This procedure guarantees best results.
Unlike Yixing teapots, the gaiwan does not retain odors. So you can brew different kind of tea in the same gaiwan.
Usage: steep the leaves in the gaiwan and pour the brewed tea into a second pot for serving. Use a strainer if necessary. Repeat several times refilling the gaiwan.