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A covered bowl is a type of Chinese teaware with a lid on top, a base at the bottom, and a bowl in between. Also known as “Three Powers Bowl” or “Three Powers Cup”, the lid symbolizes Heaven, the base symbolizes Earth, and the bowl symbolizes Man, implying harmony between Heaven, Earth, and Man. In folk culture, the covered bowl is also used to refer to a hairstyle with bangs that are tied up like a bowl on top of one’s head. The “tea boat” is also known as “tea ship”. To make tea with a covered bowl, hot boiling water needs to be poured over it first, then add tea leaves into it along with water and put on the lid. Depending on the amount and type of tea leaves used, steeping time can range from 20 seconds to 3 minutes. During the Qing Yongzheng period (1722-1735), using covered bowls for making tea was popular.

A lid bowl used for brewing tea, which was commonly used for flower tea and Tieguanyin in the past, is no longer restricted. It can be used to brew tea and share it afterwards, or one person can use a set of it directly as a teacup. The materials used for making lid bowls include porcelain, purple sand, glass, etc., with a variety of colors of porcelain lid bowls being the majority.

How to properly use a teacup to make tea?

Tea cups are smaller than tea bowls, with the top being larger than the bottom, making it easy to add water and allowing the tea leaves to settle at the bottom. When adding water, the tea leaves roll easily and make it easier to brew tea.

There is a raised lid on the top, which is smaller than the mouth of the bowl, making it not easy to slip and helping to concentrate tea aroma. It can also be used to cover tea foam so that it does not touch lips when drinking tea.

With a tea tray, there is no risk of burning one’s hands and it can also prevent the spilling of water from the tea cup wetting the clothes. Therefore, when serving tea to guests in the ritual, covering the bowl with a cup of tea shows more respect.

Some tea friends like to use a lid bowl when drinking tea. When they see friends around them brewing tea with a purple sand pot, they can’t help but suggest using a lid bowl. It is not to say that brewing with a purple sand pot is not good, but some tea drinkers feel that only by using the appropriate lid bowl can the best taste be brewed.

In the tea-drinking circle, the lid of bowl is also known as “the all-purpose tea ware”. All sorts of teas can be brewed in it. The reason why people who love drinking tea around us are not used to using this lid is often because they think it will be too hot to handle and easily knocked over if control is not good enough.

Covering the bowl is popular because it pours out water quickly and makes it easy to rinse tea foam. Looking at the bottom of the leaf and smelling the bottom can be intuitively expressed. In fact, it is not difficult to control the covered bowl, but the premise is to choose the right one, which has been said before. Then when putting tea into the bowl, just pour enough water to cover the tea leaves. Do not pour too much. Some people like to fill up and cover the bowl with water when pouring in. It’s no wonder that it’s not hot – too much water will make the brewed tea weak.

The gesture of holding the lid of the bowl was neither biased nor askew. Slowly let the tea water flow out along the fair cup. It can be clearly seen that the tea water did not touch the hand.

If the cover of the bowl is tilted, the tea water will flow along the inclined position, making it very easy to scald. Furthermore, when pouring tea and getting scalded, one has to stop and wait for a moment. The tea water that has not been poured out will be soaked in the covered bowl again, which will change its taste.

Adjust the gap between the lid and the bowl edge. It is especially important when not using a filter.

This action determines whether it will be hot or not, so lift it up as much as possible instead of picking it up; it is normal to feel hot.

The action of the index finger can be curved or straight, everyone’s hand shape is different, and whatever is comfortable is fine (there are several ways to take off a bowl lid, the most common way).

Turn the wrist naturally and smoothly, lower the shoulder and drop the elbow as if in Tai Chi. Let the energy flow freely.

At once, all the actions of counter-joints in the process of coming out with soup should be avoided with suspicion of being fancy.

By the way, good tea is not afraid of steeping. If you encounter a cup of tea and can’t tell its quality, let it steep for a longer time. If only the concentration of it increases and there’s no other deficiencies (such as bitterness or astringency), then this tea will not be wrong. Experienced tea makers can cover up the shortcomings of tea by controlling water temperature, amount of water and how long they steep the tea. So, good tea must withstand steeping.