Gong Fu tea: Calming down, with enthusiasm.

Gong Fu tea: Calming down, with enthusiasm.

Gong Fu tea is sometimes written in English with the spelling 'Kung Fu' tea, but this isn't the same as Kung Fu Panda's kung fu. Gong Fu in this case means making tea with care, effort, and time.

And for some people making Gong Fu tea is also a way of practicing calming down. Letting go of all the worries when making tea, becomes a way of practicing mediation.
When making Gong Fu tea, people can be extremely serious about the quality of water, and tea, and the length of time to brew the tea, and even things like the material the teapot and cups are made from, the surrounding environment, choice of music, choice of fragrance, and so on.

Good tea shops in Jiufen and Muzha are good places to experience such tea enthusiasm.


Making Gong Fu tea

1. To prepare for Gong Fu tea, you beed loose tea leaves (Oolong tea is best), a tiny tea pot and cups, and boiling water.

2. Use loose tea leaves, because they have the most tea fragrance as there's less oxidation.

3. Use a small clay tea pot; it's the best way to bring out the tea fragrance.

4. Rinse the pots and cups with boiling water to make sure they are warm, which will preserve the tea fragrance.

5. Use an appropriate amount of tea leaves in the tea pot, to make sure the pot has plenty of space for the tea leaves to open as they absorb water.

6. Make tea with boiling water, so the tea fragrance is easily and quickly developed.

7. Soak the tea leaves in the tea pot for only 15 to 30 seconds, so the harsh tannin taste doesn't emerge, and the tea isn't bitter.

8. Always serve tea warm, so the tea always has a noticeable fragrance.

9. All the above steps require concentration, and make us slow down and work carefully. So we learn how to reach harmony while making tea.

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Photo by Joyce Tay

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