Has anybody tried the gung fu teapot from Davidstea?
I didn’t see it in the “teaware” section, and I was wondering if anybody has used the gung fu teapot from Davidstea. I’m looking at buying it and was wondering about any opinions. I don’t have any experience with this type of brewing and was looking for a cheaper way to begin with. Or if you have any ideas of a better option. Thanks for the help!
It’s a thinner glass than I expected, so I’m extra careful not to knock it against anything, but it works well for me. I use it for mostly oolongs, but also use it to do shinobi-cha (ice brew) with some of my japanese greens. It seems to be a good starter gongfu pot, and will last me until I find something I like better. Though even then I’ll still use it for scented or non-milk oolongs, because the yixing pot I’m on the hunt for will be only for my milk oolong
it’s also the perfect size to make one bubble teacup’s worth of tea (though I have a pair of the hedgehog mugtails I usually use with it for normal gongfu sesions, or the set of 4 TEENY double-wall glass cups for doing tea tastings with my friend and her mom)
I have it. It is delicate, but since I don’t have stone or tile counters at this place, so far it’s OK.
I also have a little soy sauce container (like this, but 2 oz: http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Green-Porcelain-Sauce-Dispenser/dp/B0043O0N92/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_3 ) that I use when I want to have many steepings. 200ml of the glass teapot x 5-10 steepings = too much for me! I got mine at Daiso, but many Asian import stores have similar things.
I love it – it’s so easy, so pretty, and a great intro to gong fu brewing
I have it too. I wanted an easy way to try gong-fu and I thought it was really adorable and reasonably priced. I have no complaints about it!
It does feel delicate, but I also have a pyrex teapot that feels just as delicate and that one is made of super-strong glass, so maybe the gong-fu isn’t as delicate/thin as it feels?
i like the david’s tea gong fu. i have 2 different glass gong fus.
they’re great for making small one cup steeps and tasting lots of different teas at one sitting. the one that is not david’s tea is a little nicer, but it was also over twice the price.
so buy the david’s tea one. i’m sure you’ll like it!
Thanks for all the replies everyone! This was really helpful and I think I’m going to get it!
Can a gung fu teapot pour as fast as a Gaiwan to minimize the time the leaf is in contact with the water?
I understand that a fast pour is important with some teas such as oolongs, which have first steeps of 10-15s and can taste bitter if brewed longer. I also understand a fast pouring gaiwan allows one to get more steeps out of such teas.
I find I pour much slower with my gaiwan than other tools as I am trying to avoid dropping, spilling or burning.
Would an “Easy Gaiwan” be helpful to you?
Marketed as preventing burned fingers & featuring an easy pour spout
AKA: “Modified”, “Modern”
Example (4 images): http://www.yunnansourcing.com/store/product.php?id_product=1360
Thanks for the link but I have already accumulated far too much teaware. I don’t have a problem using my gaiwan, I just use a certain level of care. :)
i have a gong fu teapot (bought it from teavivre). It’s a great teapot. I use it for any kind of tea at the mo, also for my pu ehr teas, as I have no money in the bank at the mo to buy a Yixing, so this will have to do for now. works miracles for little money.
In your experience, are there any advantages or disadvantages (if any) using the Teavivre gong fu teapot for the gong fu method compared to a traditional gaiwan? Thanks!
I bought the glass gongfu teapot recently from David’s. When I opened the box, the lid fell out and broke. When I asked if they had any lids to sell, they were kind enough to replace it. I like this teapot, but it feels more like a stepping stone. I like seeing the leaves, but now want a yixing for the teas I am drinking more consistently. Do I need a yixing? Probably not, but the glass is very fragile and it just feels like a matter of time.