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Essential Gaiwan Set


Essential Gaiwan Set

  • Wherever life takes you, take tea with our Essential Gaiwan Set! This fully-integrated set of gongfu teaware includes a gaiwan, server, strainer, four cups, and a soft shell carrying case to unleash your tea experience.

    With its clever design, this full-sized tea set nests into a package that fits easily in one hand and weighs less than a pound, allowing you to enjoy tea no matter where you find yourself. Our suggestion? Keep one in your bag or car so you're ready to brew at a moment's notice.

    The Essential Gaiwan Set includes:

    1 gaiwan (porcelain)
    1 server (borosilicate glass)
    4 tasting cups (porcelain)
    1 leaf strainer (stainless steel)
    1 cloth drawstring bag & cloth divider/runner
    1 soft shell carrying case

    Need tea to go with it? Enjoy the full Essential Gaiwan Set as part of our Gongfu Collection.

    Please unpack carefully. Porcelain and glass items are tucked into the protective divider cloth and should be removed one at a time.

  • Volumes are approximate. Functional volume may vary.

    volume 6 oz/180 ml  •  height 3.5"  •  diameter 3.25"

    volume 10 oz/300 ml  •  height 3.75"  •  diameter 3.25"

    Tasting Cups:
    volume 1.7 oz/50 ml  •  height 1.75"  •  diameter 2.25"

    Soft Shell Carrying Case:
    height 6"  •  diameter 4.5"

  • How to Brew

    Please watch our YouTube video for a detailed explanation on how to brew tea with the Essential Gaiwan Set.

    Step 1 - Heat Water:
    Heat your water to the ideal temperature for the tea you are brewing.

    Step 2 - Portion Tea Leaves:
    Weigh out one serving of tea leaves and add to the gaiwan (we recommend ~5g of tea leaf for the gaiwan in this set). Review our Brewing Guide for more information on brew ratios.

    Step 3 - Pre-warm Teaware:
    Pre-warm vessels by pouring hot water into the gaiwan, server, and cups. Discard water.

    Step 4 - Infuse:
    Add loose tea leaves directly into the gaiwan, then add hot water to brew. Brew for the appropriate infusion time.

    Step 5 - Decant:
    Place the stainless steel leaf strainer on top of the glass server. After the brewing time has elapsed, create a gap between the lid and body of the gaiwan, using the lid to strain the leaves as you decant into the glass server. The leaf strainer will catch any errant bits of tea. (*Use of leaf strainer is optional).

    Step 6 - Serve & Enjoy:
    Pour from the glass server into the tasting cups & enjoy.

    How to Wash

    Hand wash only using mild dish soap. Thoroughly dry the stainless steel leaf strainer after washing to prevent rust.

    How to Repack

    How to Repack the Essential Gaiwan Set

    Repack your Essential Gaiwan Set as illustrated above. The items will only fit back into the carrying case when repacked in this order. Watch our full YouTube video for a more detailed explanation.