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  1. 'Vintage Meditation' Chinese Gaiwan Cup (120 ml / 4.1 oz) 'Vintage Meditation' Chinese Gaiwan Cup (120 ml / 4.1 oz)

    'Vintage Meditation' Chinese Gaiwan Cup (120 ml / 4.1 oz)

    A Chinese gaiwan cup with calligraphy characters and vintage brown edges. The large character in the middle means 'meditation' or 'zen' and is often used to represent Buddhism. Learn More

  2. Compact ‘Tea for Two’ Tea Maker Set - Kuai Ke Bei (150 ml / 5 oz) Compact ‘Tea for Two’ Tea Maker Set - Kuai Ke Bei (150 ml / 5 oz)

    Compact ‘Tea for Two’ Tea Maker Set - Kuai Ke Bei (150 ml / 5 oz)

    A tea maker that looks like a traditional cup, but with a strainer built in the lid. Its unique design allows it to fit a cup on the top and the bottom. This compact way of design makes it exceptionally easy to carry and share tea experiences whenever, wherever. Learn More

  3. Glass Gaiwan (120 ml / 4 oz) Glass Gaiwan (120 ml / 4 oz)

    Glass Gaiwan (120 ml / 4 oz)

    A traditional Chinese gaiwan made from clear glass for even better appreciation of tea leaves and tea color. Learn More

  4. Yixing Gaiwan - Zisha Clay Gaiwan (100 ml / 3.4 oz) Yixing Gaiwan - Zisha Clay Gaiwan (100 ml / 3.4 oz)

    Yixing Gaiwan - Zisha Clay Gaiwan (100 ml / 3.4 oz)

    Who says you've to choose between a gaiwan and a yixing teapot? Instead of traditional porcelain, this gaiwan is made from authentic zisha clay. Learn More
    $14.95

  5. 'Hidden Lake of Dreams’ Gaiwan Cup (120 ml / 4.1 oz) 'Hidden Lake of Dreams’ Gaiwan Cup (120 ml / 4.1 oz)

    'Hidden Lake of Dreams’ Gaiwan Cup (120 ml / 4.1 oz)

    A tranquil gaiwan that allows you to enter a dreamy state of mind while steeping a cuppa tea. Warning: make sure to wake up before you over-steep your tea! Learn More

  6. 'Red Happiness' Chinese Wedding Tea Set - 2 Gaiwans & 2 Bowls

    'Red Happiness' Chinese Wedding Tea Set - 2 Gaiwans & 2 Bowls

    A pretty Chinese wedding tea set consisting of a pair of gaiwan cups and two bowls for serving glutinous rice balls in sweet soup. Learn More

  7. 'Blue Lotus' Floral Chinese Gaiwan Tea Cup (120 ml / 4.1 oz) 'Blue Lotus' Floral Chinese Gaiwan Tea Cup (120 ml / 4.1 oz)

    'Blue Lotus' Floral Chinese Gaiwan Tea Cup (120 ml / 4.1 oz)

    A white Chinese gaiwan tea cup with floral theme. Classic blue look with oriental lotus flowers. Learn More

  8. 'Paradise of the Fish' Chinese Gaiwan Tea Set (120 ml / 4.1 oz) 'Paradise of the Fish' Chinese Gaiwan Tea Set (120 ml / 4.1 oz)

    'Paradise of the Fish' Chinese Gaiwan Tea Set (120 ml / 4.1 oz)

    A beautiful Chinese gaiwan tea set with pretty orange gold fishes swimming in 'paradise'. Learn More
    $15.95

  9. 2 x Red Gaiwan Tea Sets for a Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony (200 ml / 6.8 oz) 2 x Red Gaiwan Tea Sets for a Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony (200 ml / 6.8 oz)

    2 x Red Gaiwan Tea Sets for a Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony (200 ml / 6.8 oz)

    The perfect Chinese wedding tea ceremony set consisting of two red gaiwan tea cups with a saucer and lid. They look traditionally, yet fit in a contemporary modern day wedding setting. Learn More
    $29.95

  10. Pu Erh Tea & Chinese Gaiwan Gift Set - China History Podcast (CHP)

    Pu Erh Tea & Chinese Gaiwan Gift Set - China History Podcast (CHP)

    In cooperation with Laszlo Montgomery, host of the China History Podcast, we've created this Chinese tea set for those who want to sip authentic pu erh teas! Learn More
    $41.95
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Gaiwan Guide

What is a gaiwan?

Among all teaware, a Chinese gaiwan is probably the most confusing. If you aren’t familiar with it, you’ll probably think it’s a piece of teaware to drink tea from as it looks like a simple cup that comes with a lid and saucer. Yes you could, but that’s not the most common application of a gaiwan tea cup. In fact, a gaiwan tea set is mainly used for steeping leaves.

Why? Well, the advantage of using a cup to steep is because it’s easier to observe the leaves compared to a teapot. Moreover, when the tea is almost done you can take of the lid and smell the inner surface to appreciate the aroma of the tea.

This piece of teaware can be made from different materials such as Yixing zisha clay, glass, Jingdezhen porcelain or jade, each with their different advantages and disadvantages.

Are you ready to take your tea brewing to the next level? Then read this guide first: How to use a gaiwan?

If you’re brewing more oxidised teas such as oolong or pu erh, you might wonder why you should go for a gaiwan instead of a Yixing teapot. Read our explanation here: gaiwan versus yixing.

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