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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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