Other possibilities for brewing Chinese tea Gongfu style and to sample new teas.
Glass gongfu teapots:
Glass teapot w/glass infuser :
I welcome your comments. Thanks
I think the cheerful one is really cute. The only thing I find is that that type of glass infuser basket really only works well with larger leafed tea. If you use it with something fine, they tend to get clogged quite easily, and are difficult to clean.
When I first started brewing my teas gonfu style. I used something similar to the first pot. It worked fine and it was nice to watch the teas unfurl and the tea develop. However, I prefer to use a Gaiwan now because you can pour liquid out of it faster and therefore minimize the time the leaf is in contact with the water. I find that this is important with some of my oolongs that have first steeps of 10-15s and that can taste bitter if brewed longer than that. As well, I find that I tend to get more steeps out of the teas I brew in the gaiwan for the above reason.
If you are still in love with that cute Gaiwan from Dragon Teahouse, it looks like they may have the intention of restocking it as they have kept it on their .biz website with the option of adding it to your wish list.
I appreciate your assistance and insights about the glass infuser basket and the importance of speed in the Gongfu process. That’s so helpful, I’m now following you. Thanks!
Two other Glass Teapot with glass infusers:
– http://www.strandtea.com/Tea-Accessories-and-Gifts/Glass-Teaware/Glass-Tea-Pot-Serenity.html – 12 oz. / 300 ml
– http://www.strandtea.com/Tea-Accessories-and-Gifts/Glass-Teaware/Glass-Teapot-Harmony.html 18 oz. / 350 ml
Dragon Tea House has a “Mini Clear Glass Teapot”
Unfortunately, it’s only 100 ml & pink.
Dragon Tea House also has a “Zun Ceramic Gaiwan & Teacups Tea Set”
Pros: 220 ml / 7.44 oz, spout, looks to be easy on one’s fingers, attractive
Cons: Not clear glass, $85.
here’s another glass easy gaiwan http://www.yunnansourcing.us/store/product.php?id_product=82
not sure if I like the legs on it though and the infuser. Looks like a little halloween cauldron to me.
Two “Easy” Gaiwans:
Pros: comfortable grip, spout, attractive
Capacity: 200ml (6.8 fl. oz.)
Cons: Not clear glass, $48.20