The video above shows the 2nd Method of Brewing Tea using a Sidehandle Teapot and Bowls. We recommend this method after spending time (ideally, at least one month) brewing with leaves directly in a bowl. You can read more about this 1st Method below (leaves in a bowl), and we'll share a video soon. We'll also be sharing videos and instructions on the 3rd Method (Gongfu Tea with a Zisha Pot), 4th Method (Boiled Tea) and 5th Method (Whisked Green Tea) very soon. Until then, we recommend starting with the method described below.
How to Start a Tea Practice - Bowl Tea - Tea as Invitation into Nature
We invite you to begin with the most simple and direct method for brewing tea:
This method involves large-leaf teas brewed directly in the bowl. It’s the simplest of the methods, and a wonderful place to start a tea practice. As one progresses in the study of tea, it’s important to return to the humble beginning. By cultivating a “beginner’s mind,” we can continue to find new and fresh details in all our activities.
Step 1: Choose which tea you'd like to drink. There are a few teas which work particularly well for the leaves in the bowl method. These are large leaf teas and we have some in every category of tea.
Morning, Large-Leaf Tea: These teas are the most uplifting. If they're out of stock, please subscribe to our newsletter as we will inform you when they are back in stock.
Any-time-of-day, Large-Leaf Tea: These teas can be enlivening in the morning, but they can also be restful midday or toward evening.
Step 2: Put a few leaves in a tea bowl.
Step 3: Pour hot water in. Just shy of a rolling boil is ideal.
Step 4: Enjoy. Continue steeping the same leaves many times. Living Teas can be steeped 5-8 times with this method. In order to get more steepings, one needs to use a teapot.