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
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A beautiful Chinese gaiwan tea set with pretty orange gold fishes swimming in 'paradise'. Learn More$21.95 As low as: $20.95
A white Chinese gaiwan tea cup with floral theme. Classic blue look with oriental lotus flowers. Learn More
A red Chinese wedding tea set with 'double happiness' character. The set consists of 2 red gaiwan cups with lid and saucer; 2 bowls for 'glutinous rice balls' as well as 2 pairs of red chopsticks, 2 spoons and a tray. Traditional red design with a modern touch. Learn More$74.95 As low as: $69.95
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A clear glass Chinese gaiwan unbiased appreciation of tea leaves and tea color. This gaiwan is made from hardened, heat-proof 'cooking grade' glass. Learn More$21.95 As low as: $18.95
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
Isn’t this just simply beautiful? Feel the tranquilness expressed by this glass tea maker (or 'easy gaiwan'). It fully owns its Instagram-proof looks to its beautiful obscured glass and the artistic shape further accentuated by gold style finishing. Learn More$24.95
The perfect Chinese wedding tea ceremony Set consisting of a red tea tray and 2 red gaiwan tea cups with the traditional 'double happiness' character. Instagram and wedding photography worthy! Learn More$31.95
What is a gaiwan?
Among all teaware, a gaiwan is the most widely used in China. If you aren't familiari with such teaware, you may think it's meant for drinking tea. Yet, the most common application of a traditional gaiwan is to prepare tea. 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.
Easy Gaiwan Set
While traditional gaiwans have their advantages, they aren't very easy to use at the beginning. If you don't use them carefully, you might burn your hands or just end up with a messy table. To make it easier to brew tea, yet maintain the gaiwan experience, the 'Easy Gaiwan' was developed. These vessels have a somewhat modified design that allows for a better grip and easier pouring experience.
Gaiwan for sale
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