Gongfu tea is a kind of tea-enjoying customs in Chinese folk, populated in Chaoshan Guangzhou, Zhangquan Fujian and other places. As we all know that the Gongfu tea sets is one of the most cultured utensil, including tea pot, tea cups, tea strainer, gaiwan, tea tray, Chaze, tea carry, ChaZhen, water heater, tea canister, tea plate, fair cup, teaspoon, tea holder and etc, about 15 varieties. And now, we will get to know them at a time as following:
Teapot: a part of Gongfu tea sets is dedicated to brew tea, which style and color is very rich. But the most important is still the teapot itself, to remember when choosing, the small is more appropriate, not big, and the more suitable color is light not deep one.
Tea Cup: a part of Gongfu tea sets is used for tasting tea water. And there are four words need to be bear in mind: small, light, thin, white. In recent years, fragrance-smelling is becoming an activity when enjoying tea.
Tea Strainer: is used for preventing the tea leave into the fair cup, to guide the tea soup into pot, preventing tea leaves fall into the fair cup.
Gaiwan: or tea bowl, dividing into three parts: cover lid, tea bowel, and saucer. Putting 5-8 grams into the bowl and then adding some amount of water, then, pour the tea soup into the fair cup. You could brew it with 7-10 times .
Tea Tray: using for placing tea set or many other tea accessories. And the wasted water or tea soup can pour to it directly. In fact, it is also be regarded as an tray for placing tea set. As for the material, it includes wooden, bamboo, plastic, stainless steel, glass, porcelain, stone etc.
Chaze: as a kind of tea appliance using for delivering tea into the teapot, usually, it is made of bamboo.
Tea Tong: which function is similar to the teaspoon, is very useful to expel exhausted tea. Of course, there are some people use it to carry cups to wash, anti-burn and keep sanitation.
Tea Towel: its main purpose is to clean teapot. Before drinking water, it could be used to wipe up some waste water in the bottom of water. And also could be used for wiping the water in table.
ChaZhen, its function is to dredge the grind inside to keep clear of tea water.
Water Heater: in ancient time, we often use wind furnace to make tea. But currently, the alcohol burner and electric kettle is the most often seen, besides, the gas stove and electronic boiled water machine be used.
Tea Caddy: using for storing tea leaves, which must be free of taste 100% tight and no any light. As for its material, it could be made of tinplate, stainless steel, tin alloy and ceramic.
Tea Plate: a kind of tea container used for placing teapot. Putting tea leaves and boiling water, at the same time, pouring the boiling water in to pot to warm up. And of course, it could be used to wash tea cup.
ChaHai: also called fair cup. After the tea water be brewed for an appropriate time in the teapot, then pour the tea soup to fair cup, dividing tea soup in to different small cups to make sure all of that with the same thick. And also you could choose put a strainer on the fair cup to filter tea leaves.
Teaspoon: also called tea steak. It gets the name just because its shape is similar to spoon. Its main purpose is to take tea leaves from pot. And usually after brewed, the teapot will be stuffed up by tea leaves, besides that, the mouth of pot is very small. So it is not convenient to use hand. At now, the teaspoon will be very useful.
ChaHe: its has the similar function as Chaze, which are all used for setting tea. But the tea holder has more visual effects. As we have learned that its main purpose is to deliver tea leaves from container into tea pot. Usually, it is made of bamboo both practical and artistic. Killing two birds with one stone.