The key to Gong-Fu style tea is based on two factors: water/leaf ratio and time. In the traditional Western style, you have small amounts of tea with large quantities of water and steeped over minutes. This tradition arose from the monopoly China had on tea when first discovered by the West. Being hard to acquire … Continue reading Going Gong-Fu: It’s All About The Pour!
It all starts with the tea Teapots are proving to be an art and science all their own. I set out a couple of months ago to lean a more traditional gong-fu style and purchased two pots then ordered five more. What I’ve learned since then could fill a book, but since I’m writing a … Continue reading Going Gong-Fu: Teapots for beginners.
I was inspired to do this post by a recent tweet from one of my fellow bloggers Kimberly from Tea Is A Wish Your Heart Makes. Turns out she had a great find at one of her local charity shop: a beautiful Japanese Kyusu for only £2.50. That’s about $3.25 in the US. With that … Continue reading Going Gong-Fu: Getting started on a budget (part 2)
Vendor: Gourmia Product Name: GTP9815 (get yours via my Amazon Affiliate link here) Purchase Date: November 2018 Review: I was really excited to get my Gourmia GTP9815. Up until now, I’ve only used those bottom dispensing infusers that you sit on top of your cup. When I first saw this I thought this design was … Continue reading Gourmia GTP9815 – Product Review
Vendor: Adagio Teas Product Name: ingenuiTEA Purchase Date: November 2018 Review: I couldn’t be more excited about this bottom-dispensing infuser from Adagio Teas. Since I started using the ingenuiTEA I’ve wanted to replace all my other infusers with this one. The handle has nice ridges that fit your fingers for an extra tight grip. For … Continue reading Adagio Tea’s ingenuiTEA – Product Review
I’m so excited. I got my first Tetsubin Cast Iron Kettle today and a new Jian wear teacup. Merry Christmas to me. If you looking for something special for yourself or for someone else, you couldn’t go wrong with these beautiful pieces. The kettle is back cast iron with an enamel finish on the inside … Continue reading X-mass came early for me! You might want to add these to your list.
Vendor: Krups Product Name: Adjustable Temperature Kettle (BW710D51) Purchase Date: 2018 Review: I’ve wanted a variable temperature water kettle for years know. The first ones I saw were Japanese. Clucky looking and expensive, I passed and kept looking but the prices were always out of my budget and I eventually stopped. When I decided to … Continue reading Gong-Go Product Review – Krups Adjustable Temperature Kettle
Vendor: TIESTA TEA Product Name: Brewmaster Purchase Date: 2013 Review: I picked this infuser up on a whim while shopping at Winco. It’s BPA chemical free which is a must for plastics used with high temperatures. The strainer is a fine mesh that produces a clear liquor and is easily removed for cleaning. Dishwasher safe, … Continue reading Gong-Go Product Review – Tiesta Brewmaster Review
Vendor: Teavana (right now I can only find available on Amazon.com) Product Name: Perfect Teamaker Purchase Date: 2010 Review: This little beauty is where my Gong-Go journey all began back in 2010 when I started working for Teavana. I’ve been using this Perfect Teamaker daily for eight years now as shown by its brown patina. It … Continue reading Gong-Go Product Review – Teavana Perfect Teamaker