This set is a true representative of the CHAOCHA tea lifestyle.
It’s modern, artistic, and includes everything you need for a proper Gong Fu Cha (gongfu brewing) section yet it’s designed to be easy to carry everywhere with you.
Find a place for it at home and turn that space into a happy place with lots of intimate memories and quali-tea time. Pack it with you for a weekend gathering and share your taste with friends over some great conversations.
I'm a designer and I always look in details and texture when I choose a product, especially something to do with food or beverage. This tea set has an elegant shape, a well-tuned color and a great combination of eastern and western beauty. I really enjoy brewing tea with it.
I started to brew tea since 1 year ago and was always looking for a tea set that is unique and good quality. I searched through the whole Amazon and couldn't find something that really caught my eyes. Until I saw this green set on Instagram...it's so incredibly beautiful and makes me feel special every time I brew tea.
What I like most about this set is it's designed for travel yet it doesn't compromise in quality and functionality. Very smooth and easy to clean, has everything you need for a gongfu session including the tweezer! I like bringing it with me when visiting friends place. It makes gathering a lot more fun.
Brewing with The Greater Green Set
Step 1: Boil the Water
Fill the water kettle with spring water or purified water--the choice of water should be given careful consideration as it might affect the taste of the tea.
High content mineral water, distilled or extremely soft water needs to be avoided. Hard water needs to be filtered.
Step 2: Warm Tea Ware
When the water is boiled, warm the gaiwan by pouring the hot water in and over it, so to make sure the gaiwan is heated as it helps to push out the aroma of the tea to 100%.
Warm the gongfu cups with boiled water too, so the porcelain is not cold and reducing the temperature of the tea liquid when it got poured in.
Step 3: Put in Tea Leaves
Put one pao of tea in the gaiwan, or 5-8 grams depending on which tea.
The amount of tea leaf is essential. The best suggestion of tea leaf amount should usually be listed at the front of our zip package.
Step 4: Quickly Rinse the Tea
Pour hot water into the gaiwan (except for green tea), usually 80% full, and pour out to the tea tray within a few seconds to discard the first infusion.
Step 5: Infuse
Pour water into the gaiwan. Adjust the brewing time depending on the tea and the number of infusions.
Gradually increase the brewing time as the tea leaf goes through more infusions.
Step 6: Smooth Out the Bubble
Use the gaiwan lid to smooth out any bubbles on the surface of the tea.
The bubbles are believed to be coming from the oxidation of the alkali in tea leaf and might affect the taste of the tea liquid if not removed.
Step 7: Decant
Nudge the gaiwan lid to the side to allow a small opening between the lid and the bowel. Place your thumb and middle finger on the rim and your index finger on the lid.
Tilt the gaiwan to pour, discard the first bit of tea with the bubble and pour tea into the 3 cups evenly by moving the gaiwan quickly above them.
Step 8: Serve
Use the strongest last few drops of the tea liquid to balance the tea color, which represents the strength of the tea, make sure every drop is dripped into the cups, and announce tea is ready (finally)!
Step 9: Enjoy Multiple Infusions
Repeat steps 5-8 to for another round of tea.
Keep the kettle water heated to ensure the temperature for a great brew.
For our teas of 6 grams, depending on the tea type, each serving could be infused (or brewed) 7-15 times or more.
*Please do not leave any tea in the gaiwan each time you pour, or the next infusion will be quite bitter.
Discard any tea left if the gongfu cups are full.