Post by bigpsiclone on Jan 13, 2011 13:20:30 GMT -8
Greetings. I have only recently started drinked Oolong (and Pu'erh) tea gong-fu style but would love to brew some I can drink at the office.
Obviously my desk doesn't suit the whole gong-fu setup so what would be the best way to enjoy my new love away from home? I am worried that simply throwing some in the big loose leaf tea cup I use for Earl Grey etc would make either a bitter brew or a brew lacking in intensity.
Daniel has the "Portable Glass Pot With Built-in Strainer" for sale at the shop.
It is very convenience to make tea at the office. 1. put leaves into the cup 2. add hot water 3.wait for about 15 seconds and then press the button on the lip. 4.Done! The tea will go to the bottom of cup and the leaves will leave on the strainer.
I think you dont need such a special thingy. I just decided to start enjoy my tea passion in the office as well so I have there a gaiwan, cup, serving tray and a tehrmos bottle with hot water. And it works fine. If you would like to be hardcore , I think you will be fine with just a gaiwan sipping the tea deirectly from it- but this works when the water is colder- you will need some experimenting to find the right temperature for this- i sometimes do this when the tea is alredy "tired" and the water in my termos bottle has got colder. I have read that this is the traditional Chinese style of tea drinking but I pesume Daniel could tell you more....
This depends on your personal preference for the tea. If you have higher demand for the taste of the tea, you can definitely bring a small travelling set for making GongFu Cha in the office. We have small sets for sale for portability which do include a small tea pot or Gaiwan, a few cups and a small teatray. We have a student who use this in the university for making tea, this fits well in his backpack.
You can also invite your co-workers to enjoy tea and show them how to make GongFu Cha. All you need is a supply of warm water on the side and you are ready to make good tea in the office.
If you have a kitchen in the office you can prepare your tea on the drainer (the sink). That is very comfortable, as the water is automatically drained contrary to a portable tea-tray. But be sure that the drainer is not in porcelain, as porcelain is rather hard and your teaware could break. Stainless steel is perfect. All you need is the clay tea pot, a pitcher and the drinking cups.
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I agree. Oolong could taste bitter if steeped for too long and using hot boiling water. Make sure to use water between 90 to 95 Celsius. Hence, the Gong fu Cha style of making tea would be best as it uses a small pot and quick steeping with multiple infusions.