Mil wrote:... I am supremely uninterested in tea ceremony of any sort... Gongfu sounds interesting and all. It's just that I'm fundamentally too lazy to bother. *ducks*
This is a supremely sensible approach to the issue and no one here looks down on you for just wanting to get on with your tea. My impression in life is that women tend to be a little more sensible about such things and men tend to go off the deep end if they are not watched carefully.
As today's poll indicates, there are a great many sensible women that frequent TeaChat and small number of men who are obviously NOT being watched closely enough.
Clearly, Mary R is an exception to the rule about sensible women as she knows way too much about gong fu. To her excellent notes above I would add a couple things:
Gong fu implies the use of a gaiwan or a yixing style pot
Unlike the Japanese ceremony, Chinese gong fu is quite informal and the center of attention is the tea, not the ceremony. In fact, while it is often called a "ceremony" it's really more a style of brewing.
For those who wish to explore the deeper water, Kam at Funalliance has some nice material and instruction on gong fu, which he calls The Serious Methods
vs The Casual Methods
In my cup, Yunnan pure golden tips from a mug (I don't generally get wiggy with gong fu until later in the day.)