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Throw a bag of tea bags in a mug, get a warm cup of water from the water dispenser, let it sit for a while, pick it up and drink it, you think that’s called tasting tea? Tell you, this is at best just drinking tea. So what counts as tasting? In terms of appearance, tasting needs three mouths. If there are three mouths, then there must be three people drinking tea together and they need to find a quiet place. What is Ming? Ming is tea. Why don’t you just say tea? Generally speaking, people always say tea. Yes, because those who say “ming” are not ordinary people.

Rory said so much, actually just to tell everyone that tea tasting needs a special atmosphere. Besides relying on music and decoration to create the atmosphere, there is also a lot of attention paid to the selection of tea ware. In the previous article, Seven Colors Brother introduced you to the selection and use of lid bowls. Today, let’s talk about the second indispensable instrument for tea tasting-tea cup.

It is really important to choose a proper tea cup. Not only can it show the temperament of tea drinkers, but also increase the flavor of tea. So how to select a good one? Next, Seven Colors Brother will teach you.

Skill One:

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To determine if a good teacup has a smooth mouth, one should flip it upside down and hold it with the index and middle fingers against the table. Rotate the teacup to both sides. If there is a tapping sound, then it may not be smooth; otherwise, it is smooth.

Technique 2

One of the important indicators of a qualified tea cup is that the bottom is smooth. Put the cup on the table, hold the mouth of the cup with your index finger and middle finger, then rotate it to both directions respectively, if there is a tapping sound, it usually indicates that the bottom of the cup is not smooth; otherwise it will be smooth.

Skill Three

When selecting a teacup, one should follow the principle of “small, shallow, thin, and white”: small so that it can be gulped in one sip; shallow so that no water is left at the bottom; thin like paper to bring out the aroma; and white like jade to set off the color of tea. Porcelain teacups are usually most common. Of course, this also varies according to individual preferences.

Technique Four

The size of the tea cup should match that of the teapot: A small teapot should be paired with a small tea cup with a capacity of 20 to 50 milliliters, and a large teapot should be matched with a large tea cup with a capacity of 100 to 150 milliliters.

Skill Five

The shape of the teacup can be chosen according to personal preference: a bowl-shaped teacup can be finished without lifting one’s head; a straight-mouthed teacup requires one to raise their head in order to finish it; and a closed-mouth teacup requires tilting one’s head back in order to drink all the tea.

Skill Six

A skill that is often overlooked, yet is equally important for learning a language, is the ability to rearrange sentences and content. Being able to change the order of words or even parts of words in a sentence can help you better understand the structure and grammar of a language. With practice, this skill can be used to improve your fluency and accuracy when speaking or writing in the language you are learning.

Believing that tea lovers of Ai Pin Cha are people who pay attention to details, even their choice of posture and how they hold a cup have their own standards. Therefore, after choosing a tasting cup, Seven Color Brother has some tips for grasping the cup:
1. Hold the cup with your three middle fingers and press it with your thumb.
2. Place your index finger in the middle of the cup handle to support the whole weight of the cup.
3. Grasp lightly so that you could feel the temperature changes on both sides of the cup as well as enjoy its texture as you wrap your hands around it.

“Three Dragon Holds the Cauldron” Cup Holding Method: Pinch the cup body with the thumb and index finger, hold the cup’s bottom with the middle finger, and curl in the ring and little fingers.

Ladies should maintain an elegant attitude, and when holding a cup they can lightly curl up their orchid fingers.

If a man wants to show that he has power in hand, it is best for him to keep his fingers together when holding the cup.

Well, these suggestions are certainly provided for reference to new tea enthusiasts. Experienced tea drinkers would have formed their own style based on years of drinking experience. We welcome experienced tea drinkers to share their experience with new tea enthusiasts.