Nowadays, with our increasingly busy and hectic schedules, it’s hard to find the time to focus on anything — even making our favorite cup of tea. That’s why tea is available in many convenient and easy forms. For example, you can simply microwave or boil water, add a tea bag, and enjoy. (There are even instant teas!)
But while these options offer convenience, they don’t always translate to flavor. Sure it’s nice to save time and effort, but K-Cup teas and bagged teas typically lack the quality, taste, and even health benefits of loose-leaf teas. (Worse, they can often be bitter and less enjoyable.)
Thankfully, you don’t have to abandon quality for the sake of time anymore. Why? Because there’s a nifty little tool called a gaiwan that’s been used for hundreds of years to provide a wonderful experience to even the most savvy of tea connoisseurs.
About the Gaiwan
The ancient gaiwan (“gai” meaning lid and “wan” meaning bowl) has it all: elegance, ease, and practicality. In fact, there are only three parts — a lid, cup, and saucer, all of which are made from a variety of materials including glass, porcelain, and clay.
How To Use The Gaiwan
Not only do gaiwans unleash a phenomenal flavor, but they are also very easy to use.
- Pre-warm the cup by adding hot water, gently swirling, and discarding the water
- Put about two or three tablespoons of tea leaves in the cup and then pour just a little water over the leaves so you can awaken them and enjoy their aroma
- Next, pour hot water to fill the cup and pour in a way that makes the tea leaves swirl — this can be done by letting the water fall over one side of the cup or by pouring the water in a circular motion.
As always, make sure to use the correct water temperature. Also, because white and green teas require less heat, leave a small opening through the lid to release more steam.
Then, steep the leaves for about 30 second and stir everything by gently gliding the lid over the top of the water. The tea can then be poured through a filtered saucer into small cups (a great idea if you’re enjoying tea with a friend) or you can even drink straight from the gaiwan.
If you want to drink from your gaiwan, don’t remove the cup from the saucer. Instead, hold the gaiwan by the saucer — as you sip, use the lid to hold the tea leaves in place as you let the liquid flow.
Another great benefit of the gaiwan is that you can get multiple steeps without needing a huge pot. Simply give the leaves an extra 10 to 30 seconds per additional steep. (Each tea steeping, however, will taste slightly different.)
Gaiwan: Why It’s A Cut Above The Rest
Tea bags and K-Cups offer on-the-go convenience, but it sacrifices the quality, taste, and experience. If you want to get more from your tea, arouse your senses, and turn tea into a meditative opportunity, enjoy the simple and elegant gaiwan.
Try our Traditional Porcelain Gaiwan Set to make your next drink — you’ll be glad you did. Combine it with our 8-minute digital detox and feel your stresses melt away as you get some much needed peace of mind.