Gong Fu (drinking) tea
The traditional way or the Chinese method of tea making is called gōng fu chá or meaning “making a tea with great skill or great efforts.” It is as much about escaping the pressures of life for a few moments as it is about enjoying every drop of a tea.
There are different procedures for different types of tea. The basic procedure looks for the right combination of amount and quality of tea leaves, quality and water temperature, brewing time, the quality and type of teapot and of teacups to make a good cup of tea. Green tea is soaked from seventy-five to eighty degrees centigrades,
and other teas with ninety-five to boiling water. Taiwan
In preparing the tea first you have to splash the tea jug and tea cups with use of a part of tea tools (bamboo) tongs, kind of small chopsticks, to manipulate the drinking cups while cleansing and warming them. In
China, the water and tea is emptied over sculptures of
Buddha, animals, or others that sit on a special tea table. Chinese Gong Fu natural
wood material tea table with plastic tube and a built-in wastewater container requires
pouring away the water used to warm the teapot, tea brewer and cups, as well to
discard the first rinse of the leaves.
The tea ceremony requires a great deal of preparation and skill – like when you lead people you have to do it carefully and with skill. There is no time for hurry or shortcuts.