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So what I should be doing is finding some third grade Chinese white tea and getting me a decent teapot. For water I guess nongfu is not good enough, but I think it'll have to do for now

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Nongfu water is fine. It is pH controlled and free of extraneous chemicals that can affect taste.

 

An inexpensive electric water kettle is handy. No knobs or  adjustments; just an on/off switch. One liter capacity. Under ¥100。

 

As to a teapot, just buy one at Walmart. Preferably white ceramic or clear glass. (Avoid colors since they obscure the color of the tea.) Under ¥100。

 

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suMMit

I recommend Gong Fu style. A gaiwan 盖碗 for brewing(also very cheap), fill it basically full of tea , lots of short (3 to 10 seconds)infusions. So a lot more tea and far shorter brewing time than you are probably used to. This is quite fun imo, and the tea is great.

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On 10/23/2020 at 11:49 PM, suMMit said:

I recommend Gong Fu style. A gaiwan 盖碗 for brewing(also very cheap), fill it basically full of tea , lots of short (3 to 10 seconds)infusions. So a lot more tea and far shorter brewing time than you are probably used to. This is quite fun imo, and the tea is great.

 

Yes, I agree! That's another excellent way to brew a cup of tea! I use my gaiwan just about every day. When making tea just for myself, it is easier than using a teapot. 

 

The main thing I try to stress for newcomers to the world of Chinese tea is to not get bogged down in a long and complex "equipment quest." Buy some decent loose leaf tea and begin enjoying it. Add equipment little by little to advance the project. Avoid the urge to get sidetracked. 

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889

Am I the only one who hates those things? They're awkward to hold when full of boiling water, that lip shape doesn't make for comfortable drinking, and I always seem to get some tea leaves stuck in my front teeth.

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thelearninglearner
1 hour ago, 889 said:

Am I the only one who hates those things? They're awkward to hold when full of boiling water, that lip shape doesn't make for comfortable drinking, and I always seem to get some tea leaves stuck in my front teeth.

you drink straight out of those? I am going to need to look up a video for how to use it then. seems like, as you said, it's really hard to hold when hot. but I do want to try it out.

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889

I think you're supposed to ever-so-daintily grasp it around the upper rim, which is cooler since it's above the water level. But awkward nonetheless if you're the typical Western guy with big strong hands.

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suMMit

you dont drink from a gaiwan. you strain the tea off into a sharing pitcher, and then pour off into small cups. As ABCDEFG said, it does require more "stuff". 889 may hate it, to each thier own. I find it a very relaxing and enjoyable way to enjoy tea. Somehow you feel more involved in the process. I also love the design of them and the tea aroma of a freshly emptied gaiwan when the lid is lifed can be fantastic.

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1 hour ago, suMMit said:

tea aroma of a freshly emptied gaiwan when the lid is lifed can be fantastic.

Just Got one for myself. I'm looking forward to this

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