How to Brew with a Gaiwan

Gather Items

1. GATHER ITEMS
To prepare tea with a gaiwan, you will need: 1. gaiwan, 2. waste bowl, 3. tablespoon, 4. timer, 5. serving pitcher, 6. teacups.

Add

2. WARM GAIWAN
Pre-warm the vessels using hot water. Add freshly boiled water to the gaiwan to pre-warm.

Decant & Enjoy

3. WARM TEACUPS
Pre-warm the vessels using hot water. Add freshly boiled water to the teacups to pre-warm.

Fill

4. DISCARD
Discard water into waste bowl.

Cover

5. ADD TEA
Fill gaiwan 20% full if using ball-rolled tea; 60% full if using twist-rolled tea.

Refrigerate

6. AWAKEN LEAVES AND ADD WATER
For baked oolong and pu-erh teas, add fresh hot water to just cover the leaves, then immediately discard. This rinse helps to "warm and smooth" the taste of the tea. After awakening, slowly pour water over rinsed leaves until covered with water, just below the rim of gaiwan.

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7. INFUSE
Add lid. The water level should rise slightly above the lid to create a seal for locking in aromas. Steep for the recommended infusion time.

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8. POUR
Adjust the lid position slightly to create an open space for the infusion to decant. Hold gaiwan bowl using thumb and middle finger on the rim, while securing lid with index finger. Using a swift motion, tilt gaiwan forward and slightly inward to decant into a serving pitcher.

Decant & Enjoy

9. SERVE
Pour from serving pitcher into individual teacups.

Fill

10. STACK
Stack multiple infusions together by repeating steps 6-9. You can keep the "root" of the infusion alive in the serving pitcher, and simply add subsequent infusions to that liquid.

Cover

11. STACK

Refrigerate

12. STACK