Learn how to make gongfu tea

In China’s long history of tea tasting, the Chaoshan Gongfu tea ceremony is perhaps the most representative, and most glamorous, tea making technique. Now, let’s experience the charm of Chaoshan Gongfu tea.

Gongfu tea

Confucius Institute Reporter
Sun Ying
本刊记者 孙颖
Tea enjoys a unique place in the hearts of Chinese people; it is not only perfect for daily consumption and entertaining guests, but also promotes a carefree and content way of life. Therefore, for Chinese people, tea is not for drinking, rather than tasting.

In order to bring out a tea’s fragrance and lasting appeal, a great deal of care and attention are paid to selecting a type of tea, preparing water, and making tea. This complex process is called the “Gongfu tea ceremony.” In China’s long history of tea tasting, the Chaoshan Gongfu tea ceremony is perhaps the most representative, and most glamorous, tea making technique. Now, let’s experience the charm of Chaoshan Gongfu tea.

Gongfu tea

1. Clean

Clean tea set and open the tea pot lid.

Gongfu tea

2. Warm the tea pot

Pour boiling water into the tea pot and replace the lid. Then empty the pot by pouring out water from its spout and reopen the lid.

Gongfu tea

3. Prepare tea

Open tea tin, pour tea first onto clean paper and then into the tea pot.

Gongfu tea

4. Moisten tea

Pour boiling water into the pot along the edge of the opening from a height of 15cm until the pot is filled up.

Gongfu tea

5. Remove froth

Horizontally scrape the tea foam using the pot lid against the pot mouth. Then rinse the lid with boiling water and close teapot.

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6. Warm tea cups

Swiftly pour tea into a cup. After carefully revolving the cup, pour the water into the next cup to warm them successively.

Gongfu tea

7. Water the tea pot

Pour the water used in warming the tea cups over the tea pot.

Gongfu tea

8. Brew tea

Pour fresh boiling water into teapot. Then wait a moment after replacing the lid.

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9. Pour the tea

Collect four tea cups and rotate the teapot above four cups to pour tea until each cup is filled about 70%.

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10. Pour the tea

At this point, the tea in the pot will be almost completely depleted and the remaining tea must be poured into each cup successively

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11. Offer tea

The host serves the tea cup with both hands. The seat of honor is served first, followed by subsequent guests on the left or right side. The host serves him or herself last.

Gongfu tea

12. Taste the tea

Hold the tea cup in both hands and “taste” its fragrance, view its color, and then drink the tea slowly, savoring its sweet aftertastes.


Confucius Institute Magazine 20

pdfPublished in Confucius Institute Magazine
Magazine 20. Volume 3. May 2012.
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