Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong – Part II

In continuation of my earlier post, here are some pictures taken inside the museum that reflect the tea beauty,  culture and history.

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Beautiful sculpted and painted ceramic  tea pot

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Tea pots in different shapes and colors

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Another set of beautifully crafted tea pots

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Old tea grinding wheel

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Bucket to prepare cream tea

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Description of the cream tea preparation

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Picture believed to be the earliest tea painting

Green Tea Small Pot – Chinese Tea

Green Tea is still one of the most popular teas. For most teas a small glass or ceramic teapot is used. For a meal or for larger quantities a larger pot can be used without the transfer pot. This method can be used for a variety of Green and Green alike teas:Long Jing, Sencha, Jasmine, White, Oolong, herbal, etc.

Tea: Green Tea, 5 grams
Teapot: 50 ml
Water temperature: 160 to 180 F

First the leaves are soaked in hot water. The amount of water added is just enough to cover the leaves. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Fill with hot water.

After 1 minute the tea is transferred to a small jar to collect all the tea. This transfer has several objectives: control the contact time between the hot water and green tea and mix the tea making a uniform brew.

Tea is collected on the transfer jar and poured to the teacups

The tea is transferred from the small jar to the cups.The Sencha is finer ground than Lung Jing, therefore we will have more sall tea leaves being transferred during the brews and tea is slightly haze.

Typical setup for the green tea. Teacup, transfer cup and two drinking cups. Filter? It is on the inside of the teacup, a spiral filter easy to be removed and cleaned.

Tea now can be enjoyed. firs there is a visual appeal of the color and hue, then the smell fascinates and tea is tasted to complete the degustation. After drinking all the tea, the teapot can be refilled up to 8 times, and time can be extended after each 3 set of brews in order to better extract the tea from the leaves.
The second cup is always the best of all.

Here is an alternated cup made with glass double insulated. It looks nice and is not hot in the outside.