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If you are a newbie to drinking tea, then these 9 pieces of tea ware would be the perfect tools for you to start with! You will find that making tea is actually quite simple and tasting it is not difficult either.
White porcelain bowl with lid
Reasons for Recommendation: Almost all teas can be brewed in a gaiwan, while a teapot cannot. The spout of the teapot is fixed, so it is difficult to keep finer teas such as oolong from escaping when brewing. In addition, the gaiwan provides more flexibility in controlling the pour speed and water infusion method.
If you want to smell the top aroma of tea while enjoying it, then you should choose a teapot with a lid. The reason for choosing porcelain is that this material can better maintain the original flavor of tea compared to Ru ware, celadon, and purple sand. This allows you to experience the feeling of the tea itself, which is particularly important for beginners.
A small white porcelain cup.
Recommendation: Choose porcelain for the material. Just like the lid of a bowl, other materials will affect the taste of the tea soup, and pottery/purple sand will leave behind the smell of previous tea, affecting one’s judgement when tasting it. For beginners, trying out different types of tea is an essential part of accumulating experience. Therefore, non-absorbent material is more suitable for teaware.
Glass Sea of Tea
Recommendation reason: The glass material teapot sea, the tea soup in the lid of the bowl can be seen directly when poured into the teapot sea. Judging the color and transparency of the tea soup is one of the elements to judge tea.
Recommendation Reason: Different varieties of tea require different amounts of tea to be infused during the brewing process. Green tea is usually 3-5g, black tea 4-5g, oolong tea usually 7-8g, etc., so having an electronic scale can provide relatively accurate amounts of tea.
Recommendation: With a filter net, too much tea buds in the tea soup can be separated. Secondly, for beginners making tea, sometimes it is not easy to control the size of the outlet and the filter net can separate it out when too much tea leaves flow out, so that they won’t enter the sea of tea.
Recommendation: When drinking tea by yourself, you can directly use your hand to heat the cup. However, when drinking tea with friends, it is better to use a tea clip to hold the cup (which looks more hygienic).
Recommendation: Actually, there are two ways to brew tea – dry brewing and wet brewing. But dry brewing requires higher skills and proficiency of the brewer. Therefore, for newbies who are just starting to make tea, I would suggest using wet brewing appliances such as a tea tray.
Reasons for recommendation: Tea cloths must be present, no matter if it’s dry or wet. Because the requirements of tea ceremony is to be clean and neat. There can’t be any water marks on the table, and it has to be wiped under the cup often, so tea cloths are indispensable.
The natsume is a traditional Japanese tea container. It is a small, cylindrical box with a lid, and is often made of lacquered wood. The lid has a handle that allows it to be opened easily. The natsume was first used in the early Edo period (1603-1867) as a way to hold powdered green tea, but eventually gained popularity for its aesthetic beauty and usefulness. Today, the natsume can be used for multiple purposes such as holding other types of tea leaves or herbs, storing jewelry, or even as an art piece in its own right.
Recommendation reason: Don’t think that a tea scoop is only used for tea art performance, so don’t buy one. It is still very useful when weighing and dressing tea.