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When selecting a cup, it’s important to consider factors such as design, material, size and weight. Make sure the design you choose suits your needs and aesthetics. Consider the material used—ceramic, metal or plastic—depending on your needs and the durability of the product. Depending on how frequently you’ll be using the cup, take into account the size and weight of each option to make sure it is comfortable for you to use. Finally, review customer reviews and ratings to ensure that you’re getting a fair product that is worth its price.
Gongdao cups are common tea sets, usually made of porcelain, purple sand and glass. Porcelain and glass gongdao cups are the most commonly used. Some gongdao cups have tea handles, some do not, and there are also gongdao cups with filters, but most of them do not have filters. So how to choose a gongdao cup? Let’s take a look below.

The method for selecting a fair cup is to choose one that meets the criteria of quality and price. In terms of quality, it should be durable and not easy to break; in terms of price, it should be within your budget. Additionally, you should consider factors such as style, design and size to ensure that the cup suits your needs.

First, look at the material.

On the market there are many kinds of fair cups, here we can simply classify them into two types according to their materials:

Some teacups are impossible to be cleaned completely. These include teacups made of porous materials such as purple clay and charcoal fired pottery, or those with an unstable surface structure like Ru ware and Ge ware that easily crack. Also, some cups made of active material that easily dissolve in water such as metal is also hard to clean.

Another category is those which can be washed clean with effort. These cups are either made of uniform material that does not dissolve in water, such as glass and crystal, or have a stable, smooth surface that does not crack and does not dissolve in water, such as various high-temperature glazed ceramic. No matter how long the tea stains and grease have accumulated on these materials, you can still use some care, some good detergent, a good piece of soft cloth and scrub to make them look as new.

Second, appreciate the shape.

This is quite simple. When it comes to the design of a fair cup, two points are most important, with or without a handle. As for the differences between the two, one with a handle is less likely to be hot and those without often look better.

Third, is the water flow smooth?

When pouring tea into a cup, the smoothness, cleanliness and ease of spillage all play decisive roles. The design of the spout is mainly responsible for this, with the most famous being Ando Masanobu’s flat mouth (sake utensil), which has been widely imitated due to its excellent water discharge.

In general, when selecting a fair cup as a beginner, one needs to pay attention to three aspects: material of the transparent glass, simple design with handle, and smooth water outlet.

Instructions for the use of Gong Dao Cup:
1. Clean the cup and its lid with soapy water before use.
2. Fill the cup with hot water (not boiling) or other beverages, but do not exceed 80% of the capacity of the cup.
3. When drinking, please keep your head upright and drink slowly to avoid scalding yourself.
4. After use, please rinse the cup and lid with warm water and dry them completely before storage.

Keep it low, don’t go high.

The phrase “high mountain and flowing water” can cause the flavor of tea soup to dissipate, as well as cause an increase in foam, affecting the color and aroma of the tea soup. Most importantly, the boiling hot tea soup may splash out of the cup and scald others.

Remember not to be partial.

As previously mentioned, the only role of a fair cup is to ensure the quality and quantity of the tea soup are even. Therefore, when pouring tea, try to be as equal as possible and don’t be thicker in one and thinner in the other. Otherwise, those who receive less tea may think that you’re looking down on them. Additionally, remember this: “A full cup of wine shows respect, but a full cup of tea deceives” – fill the cups to seven-tenths capacity is good enough.

Refill tea cups in a timely manner to maintain the temperature of the tea.

Although it’s often said that the value of a cup lies in its emptiness, your guests will not think so. If you don’t refill their tea after they drink it, it will be very embarrassing. They usually drink it all because they are very thirsty, so you should refill their cup in time. When refilling their tea, remember not to use cold tea, as this would show that you are trying to chase them away.