In his latest book, Teaparker summarizes the gongfu cha technique in 8 key points, 8 things you need pay attention to:
1. Select good quality tea.
2. Use good water.
3. Choose the corresponding teaware to prepare your leaves.
4. Choose a cup where the tea will look good and have a pleasant feel on your lips.
5. Use the right quantity of tea leaves.
6. Bring the water shortly to boil. This is necessary to 'open' the water.
7. Pouring the hot water at the right speed in the teaware.
8. Brewing the tea for the right amount of time.
For those who have only recently started to read my blog and who would like to know more about the gongfu cha technique, I'd like to remind you to visit my classroom page and go through the first 6 lessons to learn gongfu cha in detail.
My blog is trying its best to give you all the keys for a perfect cup:
1. In my selection page, you'll find the list of the good teas I drink and that you can order from me,
2. Here, I explain what is a good water. In addition, I give away active bamboo charcoal to improve the taste of your water with your first order,
3. I've explained how to choose your teaware depending on the tea. For each teapot I'm using for a certain type of tea, I always explain why it matches that particular tea. I even test the same tea in different teapots for final confirmation.
4. I've shown why celadon matches green tea well. This Qing dynasty white and blue cup will be great for oolong and the antique black Tianmu bowls are making old tea more mellow.
5. Here, I explain the principles to select the right quantity of leaves. The 3 next points are all shown in video or explained on that same page.
Always striving to help you make better tea.
Sencha de Shimizu, Oku-yutaka
2 days ago