Gaiwan: Step by step

August 14, 2020
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Gaiwan is an ancient Chinese method to taste finer teas such as wulong, Chinese green teas or white teas.

If you’re curious as to how to do it, here’s a simple step by step walkthrough.

Gaiwan infusion method

1. Drop the tea leaves at the bottom of the gaiwan (1-2 tsp of tea or 2.5-5g)

2. Pour the water (at its required temperature) directly on the leaves.

3. Gently stir the leaves using the lid. Let them soak up enough water.

4. For your first infusion, let it infuse 15-45 seconds, depending on the tea. Taste. Use the lid to hold back  the leaves.
When the infusion is to your liking, empty the liquid in your cup or pourer. Use the lid to hold the leaves.
Repeat by letting it infuse longer each time.

Simple, isn’t it?

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