先前跟大家分享過馬克杯泡茶法，然而，工欲善其事，必先利其器，想認真品茶，自然要開始認識茶具，除了泡好茶，也可以慢慢開始享受習茶最有趣的環節之一 — 茶席搭配。 今天我們就來聊聊，一套最簡易的個人茶席到底需要些什麼必備器具呢？
We previously shared the technique of making tea with mugs before having right tea wares. Today we want to share some knowledge about the basic/personal tea wares for right tea practicing. These basic/personal tea wares can perform better aroma and flavor of the tea brew, and in future articles we will gradually move on to the full tea table setting - one of the most interesting part in this journey. Let’s have a look at the must have items in a lovely personal tea set!
1. Cover cup (cover bowl): the function of the cover cups is similar to teapots. While they are usually made of porcelain, which has neutral influence to the tastes of tea and is suitable for all kinds of tea. It’s also easier to clean and maintain compare to teapots, thus the best choice for the starters.
White porcelain cover cup/cover bowl has bigger opening compare to tea pots which makes it easier to observe on the tea brew and tea leave compare to tea pots, thus it is also commonly used in profession tea-tasting event and tea competitions.
2. Tea pitcher: when there’s more than one person having tea, the best way of serving is to pour the brew out of the cover cup to a tea pitcher and share to everyone. It helps the consistency of the taste in each cup, and keeps the table tidy.
3. Cups: the size and numbers of the cups had better match the cover cup/ teapot size. In terms of the texture, porcelain is still the best recommendation for starters.
With these 3 basic tea wares, you can start a lovely Chinese tea party at home!