AdamMY wrote:Welcome, and thank you for serving our country ( if I read into your statement correctly).
You're too kind.
AdamMY wrote: Small cups are fun at first, but quite a few of the forum members only bring out the small cups now when they are serving multiple people, or when they just feel like using the small cups. A larger cup usually works just fine, and it cuts down on all of the non stop pouring. That being said sometimes the small cups really are beneficial because they can help offer the best tasting experience.
I've started using the gaiwan as a cup because as you said, it does cut down on the pouring but I'm still going for short, 30 second steeps.
AdamMY wrote:Vendor brewing suggestions are sometimes the biggest joke when it comes to tea. Not to put the vendors down, but they often aim their recommendations to the non gongfu-esque brewers.
I would tend to agree but I got the opposite feeling from this guy as he was pretty much exclusively brewing gongfu. He just seemed interested in getting me to enjoy tea and have the best experience I can.
Vermont Cathy wrote:
Hi Jordan. Welcome. I'm quite new at this whole loose leaf tea thing myself. I actually had to Google some words in your post (Gaiwan, Gongfu, Paio I). After a visit to wikipedia, I'm now more knowledgable.
We'll have to learn together. The reason I'm showing a lot of interest in the teaware and gongfu brewing is just because I find the ritual so therapeutic. I'm sure you'll enjoy your tea just as much with a more minimal set up.
Thank you everyone for being so welcoming and for all the advice. Sorry I took so long to reply but I've been busy at work. Still finding time for a little brewing at sun up though
See you all around on the forums.