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A teacup with a lid and a base, and a bowl in the middle is a traditional Chinese teaware. It is also known as “Three Talents Bowl” or “Three Talents Cup”, implying the three talents of Heaven, Earth and Man. In folk culture, covering the bowl also refers to a hairstyle with bangs, which is named after it looks like a bowl cover on the head. Covering the bowl is one of the commonly used teaware in life. So how much does it cost for one covering-the-bowl teaware?

How much is a teacup and saucer set?

Cover bowl tea set is a kind of Chinese tea set with lid on the top, tray below and bowl in the middle. Cover bowls can be used to brew tea or drink tea directly. Cover bowls are widely used in daily life. The prices of cover bowls vary in the market. The cheap ones are usually around 10 yuan each, while some may cost hundreds or even thousands. Different materials and qualities lead to different prices.

For a beginner learning to make and drink tea daily, it is good to buy a teapot around 30 yuan. White porcelain teapots are of high quality, usually around 100 yuan or more from different brands. As for Jingdezhen enamel painted teapots and other aesthetically beautiful materials made by craftspeople, they cost thousands or even tens of thousands of yuan and are mostly used for artistic collections. Ordinary tea lovers are unlikely to use such expensive teapots on a daily basis. Tea-making itself is a simple and pure thing; if too much utilitarianism is added, the original intention will be lost. Therefore, choose a suitable and handy teacup.

Steps to make tea in a cup:
1. Fill the cup with boiling water, just enough to cover the bottom of it.
2. Put one teaspoon of loose leaf tea OR one tea bag into the cup.
3. Let it steep for 4-5 minutes, depending on your preference for strength.
4. Remove either the tea bag or the leaves with a spoon and enjoy!

Warm cup

Pour boiling water into the lid bowl, and then pour the water from the lid bowl into a small teacup. This is to keep the lid bowl and teacup clean and warm when they are used.

Set up tea.

Put an appropriate amount of tea leaves into the cup with lid.

Watering.

After adding the tea leaves into the cover cup, pour water in a circling way so that each tea leaves will be fully moistened and heated. When pouring the water, try not to fill up too much, it is appropriate to keep it 7-8 points on the wall of the cup. If it is filled too much, since the area that holds heat on the wall of the cup is large, it will be very easy to scald your fingers when pouring out.

Soak.

Pour in water until the cup is slightly full, then cover it with a lid. Before that, use the lid to stir the tea leaves so that each leaf can fully open up.

Pour tea.

Pick up the lid bowl with your index, middle and thumb fingers, press the center of the lid lightly with your index finger, hold the edge of the lid bowl with your middle and thumb fingers together, lift up the lid bowl so that it is slightly tilted forward, and slowly pour tea into the small teacup. In the Qing Dynasty there was also a way to drink tea directly from the cover bowl without using a small teacup.

The benefits of brewing tea in a bowl are numerous. It can help to infuse the tea with flavor and aroma, which is especially beneficial when making green or oolong teas. Brewing tea in a bowl can also allow for better temperature control, as well as provide a more enjoyable drinking experience. Additionally, it creates an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the leaf as it steeps and increases its flavor.

Cover bowls have a wide range of uses. As we all know, sometimes different kinds of tea require different vessels. Even the Purple Sand Pit, which is regarded as an expert in making tea, has double air hole structures that will absorb the taste of tea and affect the taste. The porcelain material of the cover bowl does not absorb the flavor, so it has a wider range of applications than the Purple Sand Pit.

The lid cup is of fine porcelain. Although this structure cannot bring out the characteristics of tea, it can highlight the merits and shortcomings of tea leaves themselves. With a lid cup, it is possible to clearly distinguish the tea nature and taste without any cross-flavor affecting one’s judgment like other teapots.

3. Making tea with a teapot and lid is simple and convenient. Compared to a set of tea trays, fair cups and other complicated items, making tea with a teapot and lid only requires a kettle, teapot and tea leaves. However, if you pay attention to drinking tea, other tea sets can be added. It can be complicated or simple, flexible and convenient.

4. It is practical and handy. The lid has a large and small size, so it won’t slide around when drinking tea. The special design makes it very stable when drinking tea, and it won’t burn your hands easily.

When choosing a tea bowl, first consider porcelain bowls with thin tires, which absorb less heat and can better stimulate the tea taste and aroma at high temperatures. In terms of capacity, it is generally recommended to use bowls with a capacity of 130-145 ml, as they are light and easy to grasp. In addition, pay attention to the outwardly extending curvature of the bowl mouth, lid and cup mouth.