Gong Fu Tea FAQ

Gong Fu Tea

Ok, so let’s get down to it – what is Gong Fu Tea? In short, it is the best way of making the most delicious little cup of tea. Period. Nothing added, no sugar, milk or other substances. Just high quality tea leaves, prepared with hot water, in the method described below.

Gong Fu tea sessionThe essential equipment needed to prepare a perfect cup of tea includes

  1. A brewing vessel, be it a Gai Wan or a teapot.
  2. Fairness Cup, or Gong Dao Bei as it is called in Chinese.
  3. Tea cup(s)

There are many other items that can be included here, such as strainer, tea tray, tea utensils, tea pets, tea towels etc. but the essentials for making a nice tasting cup of tea are number 1-3.

General guidelines brewing Gong Fu tea

You will find a bunch of rules as regards of how much leaves pr. ml water, the exact water temperature and steeping times to use for any given tea – but our recommendation is to take them (and our’s) with a pinch of salt and trust your own taste buds. Sure, guidelines will help getting into the ballpark, but each individual tea is processed and farmed slightly diffent as are each individuals taste buds.

Green tea

Use approx. 4 g leaf pr. 100ml water. Rinse once, steep times should be around 10-20 seconds and add a few seconds for each subsequent steeping. The temperature should not exceed 85 degrees celsius.

Black tea

Use approx. 3 g leaf pr. 100ml water. Rinse once, steep times should be around 10-20 seconds and add a few seconds for each subsequent steeping. The temperature will differ with different types of black tea, but around 90-97 degrees celsius is normal.

White tea

Use approx. 4 g leaf pr. 100ml water. Rinse once (twice for old tea), steep times should be around 20 seconds and add a few seconds for each subsequent steeping. For old white tea you can be generous with steeping times after the initial steepings. The temperature should be around 90-100 degrees celsius.

Oolong tea

Use approx. 5 g leaf pr. 100ml water. Rinse once, steep times should be around 5-20 seconds and add a few seconds for each subsequent steeping. The temperature should be around 90-100 degrees celsius.

Ripe Pu Erh tea

Use approx. 5 g leaf pr. 100ml water. Rinse once or twice, steep times should be around 5-10 seconds and add a few seconds for each subsequent steeping. The temperature should be around 100 degrees celsius.

Raw Pu Erh tea

Use approx. 5 g leaf pr. 100ml water. Rinse once or twice, steep times should be around 5 seconds and add a few seconds for each subsequent steeping. The temperature should be around 95-100 degrees celsius.