I’ve mentioned “Gong Fu” tea brewing before and talked a bit about the necessary paraphenalia (Paraphenalia for Gong Fu Brewing).
It turns out the Gaiwan (Gaiwan) is the most controversial aspect of Gong Fu Tea Brewing with some of my friends, some complaining they didn’t feel they were coordinated enough to operate Gaiwan. Always burning their fingers, spilling tea, and what not.
As I probably destroyed a bunch of nerves in my fingers working as a line cook in restaurant kitchens in my 20s, my finger tips are no longer so sensitive.
However, I was looking for something that would be a bit more convenient and simple for gong fu tea making while traveling.
When I was at the San Francisco International Tea Expo, I saw quite a few vendors using a small combo strainer and share cup, and it put it into my head to track one down.
This pot and strainer combo from Kamjove, (KAMJOVE Glass Gong Fu Teapot with Filter, 300ml,) looked pretty good.
You put your tea in the top compartment. Cover with hot water. Then wait a few seconds. Push the button on the top and the tea strains through a filter into the carafe. Repeat as necessary. When your tea leaves are spent, tap them into the compost pile and rinse out the two sections.
I like that it is mostly clear glass (the strainer section is clear plastic, though the filter itself is fine metal mesh). The tea it makes is good. A bit different tasting from most of the gaiwans and tea pots I’ve used, tea from every type brewing vessel is different, but it is a lot simpler to use than gaiwans and easier to get the tea leaves out of than tea pots, especially early in the morning when you’re not quite awake. If I were to venture an opinion, I would say it makes good green and black tea. As a bonus, the fact that it has a filter strainer, means it will work fine for both whole leaf and broken leaf teas. I don’t think I’d use it for Puerh or Oolong, the thin glass loses heat too quickly.
It’s a good compromise between convenience and quality for hassle free loose leaf tea.
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