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! 🙂

  1. Warm the cup/bowl
  2. Put tea lea­ves to the cup/bowl
  3. Pour hot water to the cup/bowl
  4. Drink
  5. Refill and repeat…

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

 

Excel­lent video about this brewing met­hod by Glo­bal Tea Hut:

Boiled tea

This brewing met­hod is best for shou or aged pu’er but basical­ly you can boil any kind of tea. It works well for lea­ves that you have alrea­dy stee­ped pre­vious­ly gong-fu or in a bowl pre­vious­ly. Like this you can still get a lot of strong tea out of the lea­ves. Remem­ber to put less lea­ves than to a nor­mal tea­pot. Boi­ling tea is a good way to brew tea casual­ly or outdoors.
  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
  5. 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

 

Here’s a nice video about this brewing met­hod by Glo­bal Tea Hut:

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

 

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