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1920s Famille-Rose Porcelain "Flower Design" Tall Tea Cup

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Product Description

Single tall cup with a flower design.

Name: Porcelain "Flower Design" Tall Tea Cup

Colour: Famille-Rose Porcelain

Period: 1920s

Size: L: 7.2cm W: 7.2cm H: 10.5cm

Marks: No

Capacity:

Condition: Good Condition

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THE QUICK WAY – 5 EASY STEPS

  1. Rinse a teapot, small teacups and a small pitcher with hot water.
  2. Put one tablespoon of tea leaves in the teapot for every two people being served. Use more for large leaf tea or for a stronger taste.
  3. Empty the teapot, place tea leaves inside and pour enough hot water into the teapot to cover the leaves. Pour out the water immediately to wash the leaves. Use to this chart for proper water temperatures.
 Green Tea and any tea made from “tips” 75C – 80C 
/167F – 176F
Max 85C /185F 
Taiwan Oolong Phoenix Tea (young leaves) White Teas  90C – 97C 
/194F – 206F
Black Teas Pu-Erh (Bow-Lay) Te Guan Yin 
(Gun Yam, Iron Buddha, Chinese Oolong) Da Hong Pao (Cliff Tea) Lapsang Souchong Phoenix
95C – boiling 
/ 203F – boiling*

 

Too much or too little heat for the tea you are making will break down the leaves too quickly or too slowly and the flavour will be inconsistent.  Temperatures can be approximate.

*Boiling means when the water has just reached a slow boil with big bubbles. The Chinese call this “Fish-Eye Water”. For green tea, watch for small streams of tiny bubbles starting to rise from the bottom of the kettle. This is called “Crab-Eye Water”. 

For Oolong teas, the correct temperature is somewhere between these two. If you do not have a thermometer, let the water stand for 2 minutes or so after reaching a first boil to get 90 – 97C C / 194 – 206 F. 

 

  1. Empty the teacups and pitcher. Pour enough hot water into the teapot again to cover the leaves. Wait 8 - 10 seconds and pour the tea into the pitcher and serve, a little longer for a stronger taste.
  2. For additional brews, repeat Step 4, deducting two seconds for the second brew and adding two seconds for each additional brew.

 

As the aromatic compounds in the tea leaves dissolve in the water, you will notice the subtle flavours of the tea begin to change with each brew. You will be amazed at the difference! To make tea taste even better, try making tea using Gong Fu Cha method, the traditional Chinese art of tea-making.

 

THE TRADITIONAL WAY - USING THE GONG FU CHA METHOD

You will need:

  • Teapot - preferably a small Chinese Yixing teapot. These have the best heat handling properties for tea-making, as well as for developing the flavour. If you only have a large teapot, use the quantities of water as if a small teapot and tea shown on the charts.
  • Small teacups (similar in size to Japanese sake cups) or tiny bowls
  • Kettle
  • Pitcher - small glass or porcelain
  • Fine Strainer - to keep your tea clear and free of sediment
  • Tea Tray - A cookie sheet or large flat dish lined with a towel can make a good tray to prepare your tea on.

 

STEP 1 - Warm The Teapot and Pitcher, Sterilize The Teacups and Strainer

The first step is to use the right size of teapot for the number of people you are serving. Most teas taste best when made using a Yixing unglazed clay teapot.  Use this chart for the correct size of teapot for the number of people you are serving (use this amount of water if you are using a larger teapot). Pour some hot water into the teapot, pitcher, teacups and over the strainer to rinse, warm and sterilize them.

Size of Teapot

Volume

(ml / fl oz)

Number of People Served

#1 size

70 / 2.4

1 - 2

#2

100 / 3.4

2 - 4

#3

175 / 6.0

3 - 5

# 4

225 / 7.6

4- 6

 

Referring to this chart, determine the correct water temperature for the type of tea you are making. Too much or too little heat will break down the leaves too quickly or too slowly and the flavour will be inconsistent.  Temperatures can be approximate.

 Green Tea and any tea made from “tips” 75C – 80C 
/167F – 176F
Max 85C /185F 
Taiwan Oolong Phoenix Tea (young leaves) White Teas  90C – 97C 
/194F – 206F
Black Teas Pu-Erh (Bow-Lay) Te Guan Yin 
(Gun Yam, Iron Buddha, Chinese Oolong) Da Hong Pao (Cliff Tea) Lapsang Souchong Phoenix
95C – boiling 
/ 203F – boiling*

 

*Boiling means when the water has just reached a slow boil with big bubbles . The Chinese call this “Fish-Eye Water”.  For green tea, watch for small streams of tiny bubbles starting to rise from the bottom of the kettle. This is called “Crab-Eye Water”. 

For Oolong teas, the correct temperature is somewhere between these two. If you do not have a thermometer, let the water stand for 2 minutes or so after reaching a first boil to get 90 – 97C C / 194 – 206 F. 

 

STEP 2 – Rinse The Tea Laves

Empty the teapot and pitcher of the warming water. Place the measured amount of tea into the teapot using this chart and fill with the proper temperature water from the chart above. When pouring water in, allow the water to overflow the top of the teapot until the bubbles disappear and the water runs clear.

Size
of Teapot

Size of Leaves

Rolled Leaves
(small balls) and Compress-ed

Less than 1 cm / 3/8 inches

1 – 2 cm
/ 3/8 – ¾ inch

2 - 4 cm
/ ¾ -
1-1/2 inches

#1 size

0.5 - 1

0.5 - 1

1 – 1.5

1.5– 2

#2

1.5 - 2

1.5 - 2

2 – 2.5

2.5 – 3

#3

3 – 3.5

3 – 3.5

3.5 – 4

4 – 4.5

# 4

4 – 4.5

4 – 4.5

4.5 – 5

5 – 5.5

 

This chart shows the amount of tea to use (in number of tablespoons) based on the size of the tea leaves you are using and the size of teapot. Adjust for personal taste.

 

Replace the lid and immediately pour off all the water (or a bit longer if using compressed tea) and shake out the last drops. Then tilt the lid slightly open on the teapot. This allows the heat in the teapot to escape and not “cook” the leaves so they can retain their aroma

 

Step 3 –The First Brew

Fill the teapot until the water flows over the top. Place the lid on the teapot and count the proper number of seconds using this chart. Adjust times to taste.

 

Loose leaves and rolled leaves (small balls)

Compressed Tea (Pu-Erh)

Rinse the leaves

pour off the tea as quickly as possible

5 - 8 seconds

First Brew

6 seconds

10 – 15 seconds

Second Brew

4 seconds

8 – 10 seconds

Third Brew

6 seconds

6 – 8 seconds

Fourth Brew

8 seconds

8 – 10 seconds

Fifth Brew

10 seconds

10 – 12 seconds

 

If you have a tea tray, slowly pour a little hot water over the teapot for a few seconds while counting.  At the end of the count, pour the tea into the pitcher and tilt the lid open on the teapot. Empty the teacups of the warming water and serve the tea.

 

Step 4 – Additional Brews

For the second brew, repeat Step 3 until there is no more flavour from the leaves. High quality tea will make many good tasting brews. The taste of low quality tea will start to fade after only a few brews. Believe it or not, high quality tea is usually less expensive to use than low quality tea, tastes better and last longer!

If the leaves still have some flavour remaining when you finish, you can keep them in the teapot with the lid closed for up to 12 hours. When you're ready to make more tea, just pick up the timing for the next brew where you left off, less a few seconds.

 

Congratulations!

Congratulations, you are now ready to move on to a more advanced level of tea-making. For detailed instructions about Gong Fu Cha, visit the  Learn Section for a free download guide.

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