What is the Gong Fu method of brewing tea?
Gong Fu tea, also known as Gongfu Cha, is a traditional Chinese tea brewing method that involves using a small teapot and brewing tea with precision and attention to detail. The term "Gong Fu" literally means "skill" or "effort" in Chinese, and refers to the skill and effort required to make tea in this method.
The Gong Fu tea ceremony involves using a small teapot made of clay or porcelain, which is filled with a high-quality loose leaf tea such as oolong or puer tea. The tea is then brewed in small, successive infusions, with the first infusion typically discarded as it is used to rinse and open up the tea leaves.
The tea is brewed for a short amount of time, usually around 20 to 30 seconds, with hot water that is 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit). The brewed tea is then poured into a glass pitcher and then into small, individual cups, and enjoyed slowly and appreciatively.
Gong Fu tea is not only a way of brewing tea, but also a way of appreciating and savoring it. It is a mindful and meditative practice that requires attention and patience, and it is often accompanied by quiet conversation or contemplation. Gong Fu tea preparation is a way to appreciate the taste, aroma, and beauty of tea while celebrating the skill and dedication of the tea preparer.