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Do you gongfu and is there a gender bias in regards to this particular brewing practice?

I am female and I do gongfu
1
2%
I am a female and I semi gongfu
3
6%
I am a female and I do not gongfu
17
35%
I am a male and I do gongfu
8
16%
I am a male and I semi gongfu
13
27%
I am a male and I do not gongfu
7
14%
 
Total votes : 49

Oy, Monday again, but wait, it is a holiday and TeaDay!!!!

Postby Chip » Feb 18th, '08, 05:55

Presidents Day!!! TeaDay all day. I hope as you read this you are enjoying a cuppa hot tea. Share today, all day, what is in your cup.

Whether you are new to tea or old to tea, you are welcome to share, in fact, you are expected to share what is in your cup with everyone here. See what everyone else is sipping as well.

Today's TeaDay Poll. I hope I do not confuse everyone with this. If I do, drink more tea and discuss what ever. It is a holiday after all.

Today's topic is not intended to offend the fairer sex, but it has recently seemed to me that gongfu preparation seems to have a difficult time crossing the gender barrier. So, do you gongfu or don't you.

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. But it will be interesting to see if there is a gender bias. In the topic, share with everyone whether you gongfu or not...and anything you would like to add regarding your brewing practices.
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Postby olivierco » Feb 18th, '08, 06:29

This morning Keemun Mao Feng and now Sencha Hatsumi (o-cha).

Chip, what do you mean by gong fu? Multiple infusions or real gong fu style?
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Postby Chip » Feb 18th, '08, 06:42

Olivierco...real gongfu vs. semi...semi being along the lines of gongfu w/o strict adherence to the guidelines for gongfu practice, perhaps less leaf for instance.
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Postby caradrake » Feb 18th, '08, 08:40

I am a female and I have never heard of gongfu... what is it?
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Postby olivierco » Feb 18th, '08, 09:17

Chip wrote:Olivierco...real gongfu vs. semi...semi being along the lines of gongfu w/o strict adherence to the guidelines for gongfu practice, perhaps less leaf for instance.


OK, so gong fu for me (even if I don't see ot as a ceremonial). Jasmine pearls right now by the way.
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Postby kchan99 » Feb 18th, '08, 09:20

Is gongfu only done with Chinese teas? Is it ever done with Indian teas?
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Postby bananarchysplit » Feb 18th, '08, 10:15

caradrake wrote:I am a female and I have never heard of gongfu... what is it?


lol same here!
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Postby TexasTea » Feb 18th, '08, 10:21

I'm female and I've heard of gongfu but haven't tried it - YET! I intend to check it out soon, though, when an opportunity arises.

In my cup this morning is a blend called "Mount Everest" from one of my local teashops. It's a blend of Chinese Yunnan and Indian Assam. Strong and bold, a good morning tea...
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Postby Mary R » Feb 18th, '08, 10:27

BRILLIANT question, Chip. I'm very anxious to see the results!

For those who may be a little confused, 'gongfu' basically denotes a sort of Chinese tea ceremony. There seem to be endless variations on the theme, but they all basically share the brewing of a lot of tea (ie significantly over 2.5 grams) in a little water (usually under 4 oz) for very short intervals (often 30 seconds or less). It's often done with Chinese puerh or oolongs, but any tea can be brewed in a gongfu method, particularly if you're an adventurous American.

Here's a short YouTube video of one varient.
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Postby forkyfork » Feb 18th, '08, 10:37

Mary R wrote:BRILLIANT
For those who may be a little confused, 'gongfu' basically denotes a sort of Chinese tea ceremony. There seem to be endless variations on the theme, but they all basically share the brewing of a lot of tea (ie significantly over 2.5 grams) in a little water (usually under 4 oz) for very short intervals (often 30 seconds or less). It's often done with Chinese puerh or oolongs, but any tea can be brewed in a gongfu method, particularly if you're an adventurous American.


Yeah, that was a little confusing. I thought gong-fu just referred to short steeping times. I didn't realize more tea + less water factored into the mix at all. Hence, I picked semi-gongfu.

Maybe there should be clear definitions of what each one means, especially semi-gongfu. Statistically speaking, it would only be fair.
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Postby witches brew » Feb 18th, '08, 10:43

I'm female, and I only heard about gongfu from reading these forums. My tea experience has been primarily English and herbal up to this point, and I have fond and distant memories of Japanese tea ceremonies from a childhood passion for all things Japanese.

I honestly wasn't aware of the complexities of Chinese tea culture until last week.

My tea interests are primarily herbal, with emphasis on the magical properties of the herbs. I don't see that intersecting with gongfu in a meaningful way.

I am off on a slight tangent with my enjoyment of flavored white teas, after finding out that I can get a flavorful cup of tea after discarding the first caffeine-filled steeping. Drinking Adagio White Peach as I write this.
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Postby Mary R » Feb 18th, '08, 10:46

Well, it is really hard to give a textbook definition of gongfu in terms of "you use a 100 ml yixing pot, 6 grams of oolong, water at 190ºf, etc" because it is sort of an art form and there are so many different ways to go about it. You can use a gaiwan, you can use a small yixing pot...you can use sipping cups, you can use cup sets with an aroma cup and a sipping cup... There are bajillions of variations in terms of the basic stuff you use and how you steep.

But gongfu does have the basic things I listed before in common.

Semi-gongfu (or 'wrongfu' if you're feeling funny) is even more ambiguous. You might, for instance, use a gaiwan or yixing, but use brewing parameters more like the English method (little leaves, lots of time). You might even use the gongfu parameters, but pay little attention to any thing resembling a ceremony. (Gongfu, whatever the varient, always seems to have an emphasis on form and aesthetic appeal...forgot to mention that.)

That's sort of lame...but it's the best I can do for short 'definitions' at the moment.
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Postby Ladytiger » Feb 18th, '08, 10:48

I'm female but I have never done gong fu.

Today I'm starting with peach oolong from Adagio.
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Postby TimeforTea » Feb 18th, '08, 11:07

This morning, I had genmaicha from Den's $3 green tea starter sample. I'm not enjoying it as much as last night's sencha. It seems thicker, fuller and more grassier. We may order some sencha from Harney & Sons.

I have not yet tried gongfu style, but am eager to learn more about both Chinese and Japanese tea traditions and ceremonies.
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Postby caradrake » Feb 18th, '08, 11:31

After hearing about gongfu, I would be interested in trying it. Part of the reason why I enjoy teas so much is the relaxation I get from preparing it.

My first tea of the day was oolong #18, and I am now thoroughly enjoying a genmai cha. Aside from jasmine, this might be my favorite tea.
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