Brewing or infusing tea
Leaves in a bowl
This is the simplest and cheapest (teaware costs) way to drink tea. So it’s a perfect way to start learning about tea brewing. Highly recommended for both beginners and experienced.
I like it a lot because I can concentrate only on the tea drinking and don’t have to worry about brewing technicalities(steeping time etc.). So I can just concentrate on tasting, smelling and feeling the tea. Some teas work better than others this way. I highly encourage you to try it out!
Most suitable teas for this brewing method are: Green tea, Black tea, Younger loose sheng pu’er
You can also try this method for: Oolongs, White tea
Warm the cup/bowl
Put tea leaves to the cup/bowl
Pour hot water to the cup/bowl
Refill and repeat…
Most suitable teas for this brewing method are: Shou pu’er, Aged sheng pu’er, Dark tea
You can also try this method for: Any kind of already steeped teas
1) (optional) Rinse the tea leaves with hot water
2) Boil the tea leaves on low heat until wanted strength is achieved
3) Pour to the bowls/cups and enjoy
4) Refill the kettle/pot. Adding hot water is better than adding cold
Brewing in a teapot / Gongfu
This is the hardest one to give instructions since there are so many variables and everybody has different teaware and preferences.
I think the most important tea brewing parameters are the water temperature, leaf amount to pot volume ratio and steeping time. I recommend making experiments with at least these three. Also the tea, pot volume, teaware, rinsing the leaves etc… all affect the brew. As a reference I like to brew my shou pu’er in a way that the color gets dark as coffee and mouthfeel becomes thick.
Most suitable teas for this brewing method are: Oolong, Pu’er, Dark tea
You can also try this method for: Any kind of tea