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1. Fill the lid bowl with hot water.

2. Put about two teaspoons of tea leaves into the water.

3. Place the lid on top and let the tea steep for several minutes.

4. Remove the lid, then pour the tea into cups and enjoy!
Covering bowl is a common tool for making tea, which consists of three parts: tea bowl, tea lid and tea boat. Covering bowls are also known as “three virtues bowls”, that is, the three virtues of heaven, earth and people, which can generally be used to make any tea. So how to make tea with a covered bowl? Let’s take a look.

How to make tea with a bowl cover?

Steps for using a cup to brew:
1. Place the tea leaves in the cup.
2. Pour hot water into the cup and let it steep.
3. When the desired strength of tea has been achieved, remove the leaves from the cup and enjoy your beverage!

1. Warmed bowl: Pour boiling water into the lid of the bowl, then pour the water from the lid into a small teacup. The purpose is to keep the lid and teacup clean and warm when used.

Put Tea: For example, 120ml cup cover, green tea and red tea 3g, oolong tea 7g, Pu’er tea 5-8g.

If intending to brew only once, it is suggested to use 2g of tea leaves (for reference only and without practical meaning). Adjustment can also be made according to personal preference.

3. Watering: Infuse with hot water at a suitable temperature.

Tea brewed with old water has a high temperature (100℃), while tea brewed with fresh water has a lower temperature (80-90℃). The technique for pouring water is “high pour for strong aroma” and “low pour for a soup-like taste”.

When filling the bowl with water, try not to fill it up too much; it is best to fill it up about seven-eighths full. If it is filled up too much, the bowl will have a large area exposed to heat when pouring tea, making it easy to burn your fingers.

4. Soaking: After pouring water, cover the cup and let it soak for a while, before that you can also use the lid to flip the tea leaves, so that each tea leaf can fully expand.

However, it is important to keep the temperature while brewing. After air-drying the tea leaves, it may affect the flavor if re-brewed. The speed of water pouring should be slow and gradually added as it brews.

Oolong tea should not be steeped for too long. After adding water, wait for 5 seconds and then take out the tea soup. Keep the movements steady and swift, and hold the bowl level. When it is time to take out the tea soup, don’t hesitate. Be quick to drain off the water as soon as possible. After draining off the water, put back the lid and slightly open it so that air can pass through the tea leaves. This will make the tea soup taste even better.

Drink: Open the lid, smell the aroma emanating from the bottom of the lid, stir the tea soup with the lid, appreciate the color of the tea soup, and the posture of tea leaves after stretching.

Slant the lid over your arm leaving a gap large enough for water to flow out, then hold the knob and lift to drink. In formal occasions, it should be lifted together with the saucer.

Steps for multiple people to use a teapot to brew tea:
1. Boil water in a pot or kettle.
2. Place the desired amount of tea leaves into the teapot and add boiling water until about three-quarters full.
3. Put on the lid and steep for the appropriate time depending on the type of tea.
4. Serve each person a cup or mug, then pour some of the brewed tea into each cup using a teapot spout or ladle, stirring as needed with a spoon if loose leaf teas were used.

Appreciating Tea: Take a small amount of tea leaves and place them on a tea scoop for the guests to observe the shape of the tea, inspect its color, and smell its fragrance.

2. Warming the Bowl: Rinse the lid of the bowl with boiling water for the purpose of cleaning the teaware, increasing the temperature of the lid to prevent it from taking away too much heat when making tea and affecting its flavor.

Prepare tea: Put in the appropriate amount of tea leaves according to the actual situation.

4. Water: Pour hot water at the desired temperature into the cover bowl in a circular way, so that each tea leaf can be fully moistened. The height of water injection should be based on the principle that the lid should not be immersed in water, which should not be too much to avoid scalding.

5. Steeping: Turn the tea leaves over with the cup cover, allowing the tea leaves to fully stretch, add water and cover with a cup cover for a few moments, then the soup can be served.

Pour Tea: When using the lid of the bowl as a teapot, cover it diagonally leaving a gap wide enough for the liquid to come out. Quickly invert the bowl and pour the tea into the cup.

7. Share tea: Pour the tea into small cups respectively with a fair cup.

Eight, Tea Serving: When serving tea, the teapot should be placed in front of the guest’s right hand with a tea tray, allowing the guest to take the cup by themselves.

9. Tea tasting: After the tea is brewed, it should not be drunk in a hurry, but rather it should be observed for its color and shape first, then lifted to sniff its aroma, and finally tasted to appreciate its flavor.

After finishing making and tasting tea, it is necessary to put away the teaware and clean them.

The benefits of steeping tea in a bowl are:
1. The leaves can move freely and fully release their flavor.
2. The temperature of the tea is more evenly distributed over a larger surface area, allowing for a more even steeping process.
3. You can observe the color and aroma of the tea as it steeps, enhancing the overall drinking experience.

Nothing is inappropriate to brew in a covered bowl, unlike the glass cup only suitable for brewing green tea, other teas are not suitable. The purple sand pot is not suitable for brewing green tea. In addition, due to the double air hole structure of the purple sand pot, it is easy to absorb the tea taste. Therefore, if you love drinking many kinds of tea, you need to use a different pot for each kind of tea. If you use a covered bowl, the porcelain bowl does not absorb any taste. As long as you have one covered bowl at home and make slight adjustments to the steps according to the nature of each type of tea, you can brew any kind of tea.

The glaze of porcelain lidded bowl is tight, which cannot contribute to improving the taste of tea, but can show the advantages and disadvantages of tea in the most realistic way. Every time when encountering new tea, it is best to try to brew it with a lid bowl several times. After understanding the character of tea by comparison, purple sand pot can be selected accordingly, and the advantages of tea can be brought into play through proper brewing techniques to cover up its shortcomings.

The requirements for making tea with a covered bowl are minimal, and it can be as simple as having a covered bowl, a kettle and some tea leaves. However, if you are particular about the tea ware, you can also add other equipment such as Gongdao cup, teapot, teacup etc. In short, making tea with a covered bowl is flexible either in a complex or simple way.

The selection of brewing tea with a lid bowl is diverse, and there are many benefits to it. However, for beginners, using a lid bowl to brew tea can be tricky and often leads to scalding one’s hands. Therefore, beginners should familiarize themselves with the skill of using a lid bowl before attempting it in order to avoid getting scalded.