Gaiwan is elegant ancient design from the 13th Century.

Literally meaning, bowl with a lid, the vessel comprises of three parts, the lid, bowl, and saucer. Each has a meaning:

  • the Saucer symbolises the Earth;
  • the Bowl represents People;
  • the Lid stands for the Sky.

Together, gaiwan forms the ultimate harmony between man and nature. The harmonious balance of the three sections helps with heat retention, drip-free or perfect pouring, and ease of brewing. Among tea enthusiasts, gaiwan is perfect for appreciating the aromas of fragrant teas and excellent for brewing for one or a group.

Buddhist monks have been enjoying teas as a way to meditate and practice mindfulness for thousands of years. Gaiwan brewing allows you to find a moment to slow down and focus on the tea, awaken your senses, and be present. Enjoy our hand-picked aged teas yourself and the immediate calmness you feel.

What do you need?

Gaiwan, tea cups, pitcher, tea ceremony

1. Gaiwan

2. Bowl or a tea tray

3. Spoon 

4. Serving pitcher

5. Strainer (optional)

6. Teacups



1. Heat water 

Heat water, preferably fresh/mineral water, to the recommended temperature on your product instruction card. Our tea products are best brewed at close to, if not at, boiling temperature (100°C / 212°F) as our collection features black aged teas. 

2. Measure tea leaves

We recommended 1 teaspoon (approx. 3g) of tea leaves per 120ml water, or just over 2 teaspoons (approx. 7g) for the Gong-fu method.

Like the right seasoning can take your cooking to the next level, we encourage you to start with the recommended brewing and experiment to find your perfect cup of tea. Some of you may, myself included, like more powerful teas, we recommend that you slowly increase the tea amount.

Plain white teaware like a gaiwan works best for tea tasting as it allows you to easily observe the leaves and the brew colour against its white background. 

3. Awaken leaves and warm teaware

Pour hot water to just cover the leaves to awaken the tea leaves. This opens up the leaves, especially for aged teas. Immediately pour the water into teacups and pitcher (optional) to warm the teaware. Discard the remaining water into a bowl or a tea tray.

Do you know? Serving pitcher allows for full and more consistent extraction of flavours. If you are brewing tea for an individual indulgence, you can skip the pitcher and pour directly into your tea cup.

4. Infuse

Add hot water onto sides of the gaiwan, to just below the rim. Covering the lid to seal the aromas. Steep for the recommended infusion time on your product instruction card. We recommend infusion time of 45 – 60 seconds and adjust depending on your personal preference and number of brews.

5. Decant

Decant tea from gaiwan to a pitcher, tea ceremony

Tilt the lid slightly to the side to create a small opening with the cup. Hold the saucer with three fingers, index finger on the lid and your thumb on the side of the rim. Place a strainer (optional) on your pitcher or tea cup. Decant the brew over the strainer (optional) and/or into your pitcher or tea cups.

Serve and Enjoy!

Serve tea from a pitcher, tea ceremony

6. Re-brew and re-steep 

Our teas are designed to be refilled, re-steeped, and re-used. Repeat Steps 4 and 5. Remember to keep the water heated at the recommended temperature. We recommend to increase brewing time by 10 – 20 seconds for each subsequent brew. Our tea range should brew 5 to 8+ times. Enjoy subtle changes of flavours and aromas over infusions as the tea unfurls.