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
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$29.95 As low as: $27.95
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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
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
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$41.88 As low as: $39.95
A white Chinese gaiwan tea cup with floral theme. Classic blue look with oriental lotus flowers. Learn More
A beautiful Chinese gaiwan tea set with pretty orange gold fishes swimming in 'paradise'. Learn More$15.95
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
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$41.95Add to Cart
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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