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First, make sure that both players receive equal amounts of tea. Second, use a timer to ensure that both players receive the same amount of time to drink their tea. Third, when lifting the cup from its saucer, the handle should be in line with your arm so that it is easy to drink without spilling any liquid. Last but not least, pay attention to how much liquid you pour into each cup and keep your cups filled equally during play.
The Fair Cup is a porcelain product used for drinking wine in ancient Han culture. When pouring wine into the Fair Cup, it must be shallow and not filled to the brim; otherwise, all the wine will spill out and nothing will remain. The Fair Cup, also known as a uniform cup, is divided into tea cups when used to pour tea. If tea is directly poured into the cup, the first portion will be weak while the last portion will be strong. Using the Fair Cup to pour tea is to avoid different tastes among drinkers. By dividing the tea soup evenly among each tea cup, this also elevates to a spiritual level and inherits the spirit of “fairness”. So what are the considerations when using a fair cup? Let’s find out together.
Before pouring tea, clean the bottom of the cup.
Before pouring tea for the guests, first “dip” the public cup in a tea towel to avoid dripping at the bottom. In fact, it is also the same when using other tea sets. For example, when handing over the teacup to the guest, you should also “dip” the bottom of the cup in a tea towel to ensure that the guest is dry when using it. If you accidentally spill tea outside when serving tea, wipe it off with a tea towel in time to avoid causing trouble for the guests.
Two, what height to pour tea from?
When making tea, it is important to “pour high and pour low”. That means the kettle should be held high when pouring tea and the cup should be held low when serving customers. Why is this? From the perspective of the taste of the tea soup, pouring high can stimulate the aroma of tea, while pouring low can prevent too much aroma from being lost; from the consideration of caring for customers, pouring low makes people feel more respectful, can also prevent tea splashing out, and make The gesture of pouring tea is more elegant, so that both hosts and guests feel comfortable and pleasant. When pouring tea, try to keep the mouth of the fair cup close to the cup at an altitude that will not splash out any tea soup.
How much tea soup should be poured to make it appropriate?
As the saying goes, “Wine is full to show respect, tea is full to deceive.” Tea etiquette is a microcosm of Chinese etiquette. It has become a consensus among tea drinkers that tea should only be filled seven-tenths full. This is mainly to make it convenient for guests to drink: the cup won’t be too hot and easy to pick up. The amount of tea soup should be moderate, not easy to spill out, and the amount of tea should be suitable for guests to sip slowly.
Four, when to offer guests a refill?
When observing that the guest’s cup is empty, top it up quickly; when observing that the tea in the guest’s cup has not moved, observe whether the guest is feeling unwell or the tea does not suit their taste. Experienced Tea Hosts can control the atmosphere of the entire tea ceremony, guide conversation topics, liven up the atmosphere, regulate pouring and changing of teas, and make everyone feel a sense of careful and gentle caring.
Five, when pouring tea, be careful not to “overpour” the cup.
Additionally, when performing tea art, one should pay attention not to “cross over” when pouring tea. The so-called “crossing over” means that the hand is passed over other teawares, which not only makes it easier to knock down the teawares and wet the sleeves, but also gives an uncomfortable aesthetic feeling. As shown in the figure below, when pouring tea to the left guest with a Gungdao cup held by his right hand, his arm passes over the teapot which is wrong. When pouring tea to the right guest, use his right hand and pour to left guest with left hand. The correct way is shown in the dynamic graph as follows: first use his right hand to pick up Gungdao cup and put it on the tea towel in front of him, then turn it around and use his left hand to pour tea for the left customer from inside out. After pouring it out, pick up Gungdao cup from tea towel and turn it around from left hand to right hand and put it back in place.