Where to get a gaiwan?

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Where to get a gaiwan?

Postby maxman » Jan 11th, '07, 20:13

Anyone know who sells these over the internet? I think it would be just the thing for brewing single cups of tea.

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Re: Where to get a gaiwan?

Postby wyardley » Jan 11th, '07, 21:02

maxman wrote:Anyone know who sells these over the internet? I think it would be just the thing for brewing single cups of tea.


There are a ton. I just got a couple plain white 5oz ones (haven't measured - seems on the big side to me) from teality.com - ~ $12.

This site has a nice set - white with 3 small cups:
http://www.inpursuitoftea.com/Gaiwan_Set_p/xc570.htm

They have the same one w/ green print on it as well. It doesn't say what size, though.

Here's another set, with a little cup and a sniffing cup:
http://www.teaspring.com/Gaiwan-Set.asp

If you're looking for a print one, do a web search (you could try Jing's Tea Shop, Yunnan Sourcing, LLC on Ebay, or Teaspring (all located in China), houdeasianart.com, imperialtea.com, or a ton of other places in the US.

If you're brewing gong fu style, you probably want one that's smaller than you'd think if you're making tea for yourself - otherwise you'll waste a lot of leaf. I didn't think 5 oz would be that horribly big, but it is. Even the 4oz or so one I have is kind of overkill. I think a 2-3 oz one would probably be good for me (if anyone knows where to get a small, plain white one, for less than $18 or so, let me know).

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