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looseTman said

"Easy" Gaiwan

Prevents burned fingers & features an easy pour spout
AKA: Modified, Modern
Example (4 images): http://www.yunnansourcing.com/store/product.php?id_product=1360

Questions:
1. What is the largest Easy Gaiwan size available?
2. Are they also available in clear glass?

Thanks

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sandra said

yes, they are in glass too.- the ‘normal’ gaiwan.
largest easy gaiwan is 165ml. I believe.

looseTman said

Yes, I’ve seen the ‘normal’ gaiwan in clear glass. Are the easy gaiwans also available in this style?

So far, the largest easy gaiwan I’ve seen is 175 ml. However, I’ve seen the traditional gaiwan with a capacity as large as 8oz = 240 ml.

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Zen tea has a really nice “modern” gaiwan. It even has handle things so you won’t burn your fingers. It’s not glass, but it looks really friendly.
http://zentealife.com/teaware/type/mugs/gaiwan/gaiwan-modern.html out of stock tho

I just bought this gaiwan off ebay from dragon tea house. It has a spout, dents for fingers and is glass. Also 200ml.
http://www.dragonteahouse.biz/burn-proof-flat-clear-glass-gaiwan-200ml-6-76oz-ck-091m.html

I hate gaiwans with mesh filters.

looseTman said

Is there a particular reason you’re not fond of mesh filters for gaiwans?

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looseTman said

Thanks! Neither is currently in stock.

hmm, when I bought my glass one off ebay it said theres more than 10. Maybe check dragon tea house’s ebay in a few days to see if they relisted it.

looseTman said

How do you like your 200ml Burn-proof Clear Glass Gaiwan?
Do you use it for one or two people? Thanks

gah, they cancelled the sale on me saying they didn’t have it in stock, so I bought a regular glass one. So far, I found the glass one much hotter to deal with than a normal gaiwan and the lid gets hot really quick. To me, using 175F water was like using boiling in my normal gaiwan. I think I’m only going to use it for nice occasions and photos.

I only use for 1 person.

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My favorite Gaiwan, & the one I’m less inclined to burn myself on, is the Earthen Gaiwan on the Butiki website.

Sixie said

Yeah, my buddy just got one of those, pretty nice. Its a versatile size able to serve one or two people in a pour.

Claire said

I also have an earthen gaiwan from Butiki, it’s lovely. Very nice pour on it.

looseTman said

Terri, Sixie, & Claire, Yes Butki’s Earthen Gaiwan with a large rim & a spout looks good. I prefer a clear glass one and something larger if posssible.

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Sixie said

To avoid burning my fingers on a traditional gaiwan, I just grab the saucer on the bottom and pour with the hot cup sandwiched between the saucer and the lid… feels good man.

That avoids burning, but not so much the spilling everywhere sometimes issue. Which is why he’s looking for something with a spout, I think.

looseTman said

Agreed

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yyz said

You might be able to commission something through this gentleman, I haven’t purchased through him but I think he has an account here on steepster. This is a link to his Etsy page, his prices look quite reasonable for handmade works.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GREENWOODSTUDIO?ref=seller_info

This link also had some porcelain “easy” gaiwans including one at 200 ml

http://www.taiwanteacrafts.com/shop/product-category/teaware/?filter_volume=156

looseTman said

Thanks for the links!
Greenwood Studio has a large handcrafted porcelain selection.
Taiwan Tea Crafts has a very nice porcelain “easy” gaiwan travel set.

I’d like to find a clear glass one to be able to watch the leaves unfurl, especially when sampling new teas.

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Will said

You can search for ‘cebei’ or ‘gaibei’ if you want to find some more. Technically I don’t think this is really a gaiwan, though terminology can vary a lot.

looseTman said

Thanks! A discussion search for cebei turned up one thread:
http://steepster.com/discuss/1706-help-finding-a-gaiwan

Will said

You can also search for ‘houhin’, which refers to a Japanese teapot, but in a similar style.

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Learning to use a regular gaiwan is worth the effort. In terms of not burning yourself, look for one that has a nice flare to the rim of the cup and a sizable distance between that rim and where the the lid rests in the cup. You want there to be a nice space between the lid’s edge and the rim of the cup for easy handling without getting burned. They are widely available in glass.

I know your looking for glass, but I’ll have a couple dozen of these finished in about a week. https://www.etsy.com/listing/127985074/reserved-shiboridashi-teapot-iron-rich?ref=shop_home_active
I just finished trimming them today, they will be fired and glazed soon :)

tperez said

Ooh, those look awesome!

looseTman said

Your handcrafted gaiwans are very appealing.

“You want there to be a nice space between the lid’s edge and the rim of the cup for easy handling without getting burned.”
Good advice! Is the lack of a spout on a regular gaiwan a disadvantage? Thanks.

awesome looking stuff!!!

Thanks folks.

I don’t concider it a disadvantage, LT. It’s just different. Good luck in your search!!

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yyz said

This is the only thing I have found that is even close. You would have to contact the supplier about how much volume it holds.

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Gold-tea-set-tureen-heat-resistant-glass-tea-set-bl1041-glass-tureen-tea-accessories/783512008.html

looseTman said

yyz, That looks great! However, the shipping costs are much more than the gaiwan! Are there any US suppliers for it? Thanks!

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yyz said

Sorry, I don’t know. Perhaps you could contact the seller? Some of them on that site are wholesalers as well. Or you might be able to arrange a different type of shipping for a better price. For some reason on alibaba the search tea tureen brought up a lot of gaiwans.

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