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?

1. 蓋杯(蓋碗):蓋杯的功能跟茶壺相同,但材質通常是瓷器,最能忠實地呈現茶湯原始的味道,適合各種茶種,清洗養護也都較茶壺容易。因此比起材質、形制多樣的茶壺,相當適合作為初學者的第一個茶具。
白磁蓋杯/蓋碗相較於茶壺有著較大的開口,易於觀察茶湯、葉底,因此專業的品茶或是評茶活動也常使用一致的白磁蓋杯/蓋碗來沖泡不同的茶樣。

2. 茶盅(茶海、公道杯):若是多人同時喝茶,最好先將沖泡好的茶湯從蓋杯注入茶盅內,再分給客人,才能確保每一杯濃度平均,同時也容易保持桌面上的清潔。

3. 品杯:品杯的大小和數量通常配合來客數和蓋杯/茶壺大小,若是初學者也建議選擇瓷器較為實用。

有了這些基本配備,大家就可以來場輕鬆雅緻的中式下午茶囉~

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!