Information about Gongfu Tea
Gongfu tea (sometimes called Kung fu Tea) is a name given to a traditional Chinese way of making tea, not a type of tea. It is invariably the way used to make the tea if someone talks about a “traditional Chinese tea ceremony” and places as much importance on the quality and type of utensils used and the actual “ceremony” itself, as it does on the quality of the tea itself. It’s as much form as it is function!
Though the area that Gongfu tea originated is the subject of some debate (with different areas wanting to claim that they are the originators), its origins do trace back to the Song Dynasty. During the subsequent Ming Dynasty Gongfu tea became popular and spread to many areas in China, especially in Fujian, Guangdong and Taiwan.
Due to the typically higher amounts of tea leaves used, teas made in a Gongfu ceremony typically produces more concentrated tea, that may be a little bitter for newcomers. The Gongfu process is only typically used for Oolong and Pu’erh teas, such as Tieguanyin, Narcissus and Phoenix Bush teas. It is never used for white or green teas.
More information through here: http://www.teavivre.com/info/gongfu-tea/
Thanks for posting! I’ve not tried to gongfu brew yet but it may be in the future. I know I really like brewing oolong in my little gaiwan but I don’t go through the same ceremony. They just seem to taste better when brewed in the gaiwan. Perhaps I’ll try a tea ceremony on a nice relaxing day.