Gong Fu Cha Beginner
I’m Gabby! I originally have loved tea since I was little. My mom would buy tea and we’d drink it together. Now that I’m older, I’ve fallen in love with the Gong fu cha brewing method! Upon my recent travels, I have acquired a Gaiwan and a Yixing teapot. I’ve bought a Silver needle and an Oriental Beauty, of which I have yet to try both. I love learning new things about tea and I hope to one day do a tea swap with some interesting folks!
Hi IAMGABBYJ, Welcome to Steepster! I think you will find lots of good people on here to swap with. I would just update your cupboard and wishlist and follow people and you will be on your way.
Hi Gabby! :) Where did your travels take you? Sounds like you might have visited Taiwan!
I actually visited Seattle and Portland. I’m currently living in New Mexico and there are no good tea shops around here. Thanks to everyone giving me a warm welcome!! I can’t wait to swap at some point
Well shoot, the tea world is certainly getting smaller! :D Welcome to Steepster!
I just had some Silver needle this morning and I was kinda let down. I didn’t really taste the honey and sweet notes….? Is it because it’s a low quality or what?
Did you fly back from the West Coast? If so, the tea may need to rest. What kind of water are you using, and how much leaf/water are you using? There’s a lot to consider when gongfu brewing.
I’m using filtered water….I live in New Mexico and the water is really hard here, so we use filtered. I drove up the west coast and then back down. I used 5g of Silver needle to 150ml of water
How hot is your water? You might try upping the quantity of leaf to around 8g. How long is each infusion?
It’s also possible it’s crap tea, but try boiling water first ;)
I first did my water at 185 for 5 minutes. Then I put it at 190 for three minutes. Is silver needle supposed to give you sweet notes? Can you recommend any good silver needle tea brands?
I’m not sure of brands but the nicest silver needle I have had was a decent green colour, nice sized leaf (all the same size too) with lots of fluffy white hairs. Ive had some not-so-good which was hairless, more yellow & smaller leaf, all different sizes.
Now, I dont know if that should be a direct comparison to good vs bad (haired large vs non-haired small or whatever) BUT a tea farmer who takes the time to do things like make sure all the leaf are the same size & a nice colour will more likely have good tasting tea (but also more expensive)
Try this brewing method and see if you get different results. I would use a gaiwan not a yixing for silver needle.
I really like Hojo tea’s silver needle but its a bit pricey.
Yunnan sourcing has a very affordable white tea that I like too