Traditional Chinese Tea Set (Gong Fu Tea) Explained

This is my favorite way of preparing tea at home, but a lot of people I know are curious and at the the same time either intimidated or don’t want to bother learning the traditional way of tea making. Hopefully this video will get a lot more people to try the beauty of “tea tasting.”

0:00 Intro
0:43 Parts that make up the tea set
5:27 3 Steps of Tea Tasting
6:07 Brewing temperatures
7:27 Step by step brewing and tips
12:32 Conclusion

Video on the alternative brewing method:

We personally picked and brought our tea gears from China, so unfortunately I won’t be able to share the place to get the exact same sets. However I took a look through Amazon and these sets have the basic components needed and also have decent reviews:

Mini sets that are great for travel or learning:


There isn’t much choices for pre-portioned teas that I use, but I found some sellers on Amazon that carries some selections:

For those of you that are looking for the pitcher style, I bought mine years ago, but this one is quite a worthy replacement:

Below are the tools that I use at home:

Espresso Drinks:
Breville Barista Express:
Dosing Funnel:
Bottomless Portafilter:
Monin Gourmet Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Sauce:
Monin Raspberry Syrup:

Mugs and Storage:
Fellow Carter Move Mug:
Fellow Atmos Container:
Fellow Monty Mug:
Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug:
Keep Cup:

Fellow Eddy Pitcher:
Espro Pitcher: (updated design)
WPM Pitcher:

Hario Grinder:
Kalita Carrafe:
Kalita Wave Pour Over Maker:
Kalita Wave Filter:
Aeropress Go:
Fellow Stagg EKG:

Timemore Black Mirror:
Maxus Brew:

Cafiza Cleaning Tablets:
Descaler Solution:
Filter for water tank:

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  1. This is a fantastic introduction to Gongfu tea brewing! You're really clear about what you're doing at the same time as showing exactly what you're talking about. I love the tea set too, it's really nice.

  2. Brother, many tea sets comes with two types of cups, the regular one, and skinny higher one, is that true this second type purpose are only for smelling the aroma?

  3. Im just now getting into tea. Granted i still drink store bought, pre bagged tea. I think its pretty good, but im stepping my game up and going GONG FU, BABY! glad i found this channel. looking forward to learning more and sippin some tea

  4. This is the first time I’ve heard of this. Thank you for posting. I love learning about different customs and traditions. I particularly like the idea of a tea pet.

  5. Great video! I was wondering what kettle that is you're using? The plate keeps the water at temperature, correct? I've been looking for something like that, but have trouble finding one so i would love to know what brand/type it is! 🙂

  6. A fine video!
    I prefer clay,Yixing.
    I have a little teapot,I even took it with me to London recently.
    It serves me well!
    I tend to prefer the Puerh,but Oolong is also a delight.

  7. 这是太好了我的哥哥!i’m learning chinese in uni soon and am looking to find a way to learn cultural practice in my own space and gong fu tea ceremony is perfect

  8. Thank you for a very informative video, and very relaxed. Actually, first time watching you and I am drinking my favorite, tie guan yin. Just beginning my tea journey. Got hooked when watching a Chinese drama where they had a tea brewing competition. A few hundred years ago when Chinese tea was foamed like matcha. Fascinating series. Very good acting and great music.

  9. Your video is informative and very helpful. Video has segments for easy viewing of a particular topics and subtitle is also present for those who can't hear the video. Very inclusive indeed. New subscriber here! Thank you for this video. I have a question though. How do you use your tea set? With dishwashing soap or just rinse it with hot water? Thanks in advance for the answer.

  10. It doesn't make sense that you warm up the tea cups, but not the tea holding cup. I learnt from a tea sommelier, and you have to wash/warm up every pot/cup you use.

  11. The "fair/fairness cup" he said is acutally a gaiwan (盖碗) in a different style. Moreover, I prefer not to pick up the tea set like this. It's so "commercial" and in a mass production style.

  12. nice presentation of the Chinese tea!Ive been myself to china, lived there for 8 years, miss Tea culture a lot and now im thinking to open the tea house up here, hehe. (living for 2 countries)!

  13. Thank you for this video! I love tea and just got a traditional tea set from an estate sale, it's gorgeous and I was sitting here wondering what all the parts are but thanks to you now I know! I need to get the pour basin and a tea pet now!

  14. Hi! I loved this video, I am entering in the tea world and it was very enlightening, thank you! Do you recommend to use different tea sets for different types of tea? I read in some places about it. I am going to buy my first set and I don't know which one is better. I usually prefer black tea.

  15. This is so great! Thanks so much for explaining this into all the details! I love tea so much and prefer to drink tea in small tea cups, which is how I came across Chinese tea set & now I'm learning about Chinese tea brewing/drinking style. Thank you

  16. This was so informative!! I appreciate your practical explanations, and it's nice to see someone specifically reference how common it is in China- usually I don't hear much more than "it's still used in China today," so I appreciate that personal input! Will definitely be sending this to my friends since they've also expressed an interest in Gong Fu tea.