Tea ceremony Traditions

How to brew pu-erh?

How to brew pu-erh?

We use 7 ways of brewing pu-erh:
brewing in a clay teapot with a strait; brewing in a gaivani strait; cooking on fire; brewing in a large teapot without a strait; brewing in a tipot; brewing in a flask; brewing in a thermos.
In this article, we will tell you about the 1st method – brewing pu-erh in a clay teapot with a strait.
So, how to brew pu-erh with a clay teapot?
To begin with, you need to put everything aside and get ready for the tea drinking process. Tea does not like fuss, and it will reward you for following this strict rule with the right tea state. Yes, that’s right, in the process of drinking tea, you will immerse yourself in the meditative process of filling with energy and simultaneously relaxing. The tea state has nothing to do with intoxication, it is a process of absolute control over the head and body. A pleasant immersion in the warm world of aroma and taste awaits you, in which thoughts will calm down, and new energy will begin to fill you from the second or third bowl. And if you have an hour of time, then I guarantee that you will spend it usefully. But about everything in order…
What you need to brew tea:
a teapot made of clay with a volume of 150-300 ml. a teapot for heating water a thermos a tea sieve a slivnik a bowl with a volume of 30 to 70 ml. a tea board tea tools: bamboo tongs, a paper knife or a paper awl.
And, of course, your favorite tea:
7-10 grams of pu-erh tea is the optimal portion per 1 liter of water.
The process of brewing pu-erh in a clay teapot:
Boil 1-1. 5 liters of water and pour boiling water into a thermos. The thermos will keep the right temperature for brewing pu-erh for an hour and will not distract you from heating the water during tea drinking. Put a clay teapot, a creamer, a tea sieve and a bowl on a tea board. If you have tea figurines-residents of the tea board, then they will also find a place on the tea board. Pour boiling water from the thermos into the kettle, cover it with a lid and wait 5-10 seconds – the boiling water will warm up the kettle. Put a tea sieve on the creamer. Drain the water from the clay kettle into the drain through a sieve, so you will warm up both the sieve and the drain. Pour boiling water from the creamer into bowls for 2/3 of the volume, leave a little boiling water in the creamer for tea figures and a teapot. Pour the remaining boiling water on a closed clay teapot and pour over the tea figures. Prepare a portion of pu-erh. If you bought a pressed pu-erh, then use a pu-erh awl or a pu-erh knife for this. The optimal portion of pu-erh is 7-10 grams per 150-200 ml teapot. Pour the tea into the heated clay teapot, cover it with a lid and wait a few seconds until the tea warms up. Open the lid and bring the kettle to your nose, feel the aroma of dry tea. Fill the kettle with boiling water, cover with a lid and wait for 10-15 seconds. Pour the brewed tea without a sieve into the drain pan. Pour the resulting infusion into bowls, filling them to the brim, pour the remaining tea infusion on a closed teapot and figures. This first brewing of pu-erh is considered zero, it is not drunk, so you wash the tea from dust. Empty the tea bowls – pour the entire infusion of them on the board, you can also pour them over a closed clay teapot and figurines. To work with bowls, you can use bamboo tongs so as not to burn your fingers. Fill the kettle with boiling water and cover it with a lid. Let it brew for 10-20 seconds. Pour the resulting infusion into the drain through a tea sieve. The sieve will clean the tea from the fine tea fraction. Pour the tea into bowls. Drink tea from a bowl in three sips, if the temperature of the tea is high, then wait for a comfortable temperature, then you can safely enjoy the taste of tea without irritating your receptors. Feel the aftertaste of the tea, it may resemble the taste of wood or bark, the taste of nuts or dried fruits. Such brewing of pu-erh in a clay teapot can be repeated from 5 to 8 times, while independently controlling the strength of the tea. This method of brewing pu-erh is called “drinking pu-erh strait”.
The clay teapot is the best tableware for brewing shu pu’er. The clay holds the temperature well and allows the tea to breathe.
Why is the clay teapot for the tea ceremony small in size?
The answer to this question is simple: a small amount of water in the kettle allows you to control the strength of the infusion as accurately as possible and lies comfortably in one hand, because tea drinking should be fun, and therefore all tea accessories should be as convenient as possible.
Why is a Chinese tea bowl small in size?
In China, it is believed that tea from a bowl should be drunk in three sips. And then, tea from a small beautiful bowl has a special taste.
Why use a drainer?
The drain can be made of clay or porcelain, ceramic or glass. The clay creamer keeps the temperature, and the color of the tea infusion is clearly visible in the glass one. Choose a creamer to taste, but its main purpose is not to let the tea stand in the teapot and drain the infusion at the right time. At the same time, leave the kettle without water for the next spill.
Why do you need a silver awl or a silver knife?
Pressed tea is sometimes difficult to break, that’s when we use these tools.
Why do you need bamboo or wooden tongs?
In the process of heating tea bowls before tea drinking, it is customary to pour boiling water to the brim and the drain can burn your fingers, then use tongs.
Why do you need a wooden awl or needle?
The tea drain can be clogged with a leaf of tea or a small tea fraction, then we use a wooden needle or awl, which comes complete with wooden tea accessories.
Why do I need a brush?
Tea drinking on a tea board is a beautiful and convenient process. We are not looking for where to drain unnecessary water after washing the tea or heating the kettle and tea utensils. All the water is drained into the tray of the tea board, but it is convenient to wipe the remaining water on the board with a brush. This is part of meditation and proper tuning. The tea ceremony consists of small things, and the more we pay attention to them, the more we plunge into the tea state….