Calling out to all TEA lovers!!!! Anyone do their own GUNG FU CHA at home?

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Calling out to all TEA lovers!!!! Anyone do their own GUNG FU CHA at home?

Naughty Student Naughty Student
I was just reading some posts in a thread related to tea.

It got me curious about how many people enjoy the teas that I enjoy. I mean, Lapsang Souchong tea is quite special and is an acquired taste.

I am not a tea professional but I love learning about different teas and I really love drinking GOOD tea. So I have my own Gung Fu Cha kit at home. Gung fu cha is a chinese method of "making tea with great skill".

In my kit I have two Yixing teapots, one for my fruity oolongs and one for smoked green tea, only have Hoji cha so far that is a smoked green tea, I love it! I am planning on getting at least two more teapots one for Pu'er tea and another pot for fruity green tea such as the jasmine dragon pearl green tea.

I will post a picture of my gung fu cha kit later, it would be nice to see who else has such a kit.

If you don't have such a kit you can still respond by describing how you make your tea!
09/16/2011
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Naughty Student Naughty Student
Quote:
Originally posted by Naughty Student
I was just reading some posts in a thread related to tea.

It got me curious about how many people enjoy the teas that I enjoy. I mean, Lapsang Souchong tea is quite special and is an acquired taste.

I am not a tea professional but I ...


That is my set, it is incomplete though. My fair cup is too small for the teapots I have and I am planning on getting a bigger one made of yixing clay with white ceramic inside.
09/16/2011
Tuesday Tuesday
I've never heard of this. And a different pot for every type of tea too. I'm impressed.

All I have is one tea pot from Ikea. One tea pot that I don't use for decoration anyway. And a couple of tea strainers. And boxes/tins of tea lined up along one area of my kitchen counter.

Too bad you don't live closer. I want to have tea with you.
09/16/2011
Rossie Rossie
I don't have the patience to brew and repeat all the steps before I can actually drink it. I'm glad you'd love Gung Fu Cha, it's good for your health!
09/16/2011
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by Naughty Student
I was just reading some posts in a thread related to tea.

It got me curious about how many people enjoy the teas that I enjoy. I mean, Lapsang Souchong tea is quite special and is an acquired taste.

I am not a tea professional but I ...
I've not heard of Gung Fu Cha, but I have heard of Lao Ren Cha (Old person's tea) which may just be another name for the same ting. There is a specific way that you are supposed to prepare and drink the tea. For example, you should wash out the pot and cups with hot water beforehand to prepare them. Also, you never drink the first steeping (is that the correct term?). You literally steep the tea and get rid of it. Then when you drink it, it is much like with wine. You sniff it, drink it in while aerating, etc. Also, some of the teas have a wonderful bitterness that you follow it by sipping plain hot water and it tastes sweet in contrast.
09/16/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
I've not heard of Gung Fu Cha, but I have heard of Lao Ren Cha (Old person's tea) which may just be another name for the same ting. There is a specific way that you are supposed to prepare and drink the tea. For example, you should wash out ...
Yes! Exactly, it is so fun to do.

When I am alone I don't make as much of a show of it as when I make tea for people.

It is quite a fun process and it can be lengthy but it is a great way to really appreciate the tea and it's flavors.

I will usually warm up my cup/clean it, then rinse my leaves. I use the rinse water to season my teapot and make a another brew.

I have heard of the tea ceremony being used a lot but I am not sure if it is the western interpretation of the whole process.
09/16/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
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Originally posted by Tuesday
I've never heard of this. And a different pot for every type of tea too. I'm impressed.

All I have is one tea pot from Ikea. One tea pot that I don't use for decoration anyway. And a couple of tea strainers. And boxes/tins of tea ...
Yes, we use a different pot for different teas because the pots are made of clay with no "protective" lacquer so that the pot absorbs the oils of the tea leaves.

Over time the pot takes on a delicious scent and it makes your tea taste better then doing it in a guiwan.
09/16/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
For anyone interested in the "technique" used to make tea according to Gung Fu Cha I am including a link to a tea master doing a demo. I took lessons in his teashop.

There are many videos online how to do Gung Fu Cha, different people do it in different ways and a lot of times people do mistakes or do not do it true to the traditional way.

I think that learning it is fun no matter how you do it, just do your best and don't worry about whether it is the "right" way. I am sure lots of arguments can be created on which way is better, lol. So its best to avoid that I think and just enjoy the tea the way you want to.
09/16/2011
Antipova Antipova
This is so cool! Like Tuesday, I'd love to have tea with you! I can imagine how delicious tea from a clay pot would be---perhaps if I ever pick a favorite kind of tea I'll get a pot and dedicate it to that tea.

I greatly enjoy tea, though I haven't got a whole lot of equipment (small kitchen, so cabinet real estate is precious). I have a nice large borosilicate tea cup (maybe it's 14 oz?) with a fitted strainer and lid. I drink sometimes as many as 8 steepings of the same leaves, and I understand why the first one is tossed out if you'd be making a show of preparing tea perfectly, it's more bitter. (Of course, for my own enjoyment, I drink the first one anyway, and I keep drinking as long as there's still a reasonable amount of flavor imparted. The second through fourth cups are definitely the best, though.

Pu'erh would definitely deserve its own clay pot! I have to scrub and scrub to get its oils off my glass cup, even. It is absolutely worth it, though. (For pu'erh I guess I do toss the first steeping, it tends to be fishy.)
09/17/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
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Originally posted by Antipova
This is so cool! Like Tuesday, I'd love to have tea with you! I can imagine how delicious tea from a clay pot would be---perhaps if I ever pick a favorite kind of tea I'll get a pot and dedicate it to that tea.

I greatly enjoy tea, ...
I often drink the first one too, because the first steeping usually holds all the caffeine and I like my caffeine!

With Pu'erh and oolong you don't have to steep very long, just a few seconds, and you remove the strainer. I have a large teapot with a strainer for when I want to make a load of tea. I will usually remove my strainer after a few seconds or else the tea tastes bitter, especially if I leave it in the whole time, the last cup is quite strong, lol.

I have some special pu'erh that I have been saving for like two years, lol. It is the only Pu'erh that I have and I haven't found Pu'erh like it anywhere I have gone. I would have to get it shipped to me fro the west coast and I don't want to imagine how much that'll cost me!!!!

I wish I could make everyone at EF tea!!!!
09/17/2011
Kindred Kindred
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Originally posted by Naughty Student
I often drink the first one too, because the first steeping usually holds all the caffeine and I like my caffeine!

With Pu'erh and oolong you don't have to steep very long, just a few seconds, and you remove the strainer. I have a ...
I have a neat tea ball that when you steep it in water, it blooms open to look like a flower. It's actually not the best tasting tea, but it looks beautiful in a clear glass tea pot.
09/17/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
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Originally posted by Kindred
I have a neat tea ball that when you steep it in water, it blooms open to look like a flower. It's actually not the best tasting tea, but it looks beautiful in a clear glass tea pot.
I have seen those, they are awesome, and usually made with green tea leaves.

I have never tried one though, I should. I heard you can let it dry after one tea serving and use it again later, up to 3 times I think.
09/18/2011
M. Roth M. Roth
Wow, I'd always seen these, but never thought people actually owned them in full sets, they're expensive.

All I have is a clear pot for keeping my loose tea leaves separated from my tea, a mesh ball infuser, and a timer for the perfect cup..

I want one of those so badly, though.

My favorite green tea is called Angel's Kiss, it's very, very fruity. I have to admit, though, I haven't explored Oolong tea very much, I'm usually a huge fan of Sencha.
09/18/2011
LilLostLenore LilLostLenore
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Originally posted by Naughty Student


That is my set, it is incomplete though. My fair cup is too small for the teapots I have and I am planning on getting a bigger one made of yixing clay with white ceramic inside.
how cute i want this set its so cute.
12/15/2011
LilLostLenore LilLostLenore
I love tea. chai tea is my favorite.
12/15/2011
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