Gong fu cha brewing - Tea Masters Blog


„Gongfu cha is an interactive pleasure for our 5 senses.“

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Source Web: Tea Masters Blog. Gong fu cha brewing: the 5 senses[online]. 2005. Available on WWW: <http://teamasters.blogspot.com/>. [q865] [s91]


„Sight:
Shape of dry leaves: Put the leaves you intend to brew on a small plate or in a tea cup. Then look at the leaves, their color, their shape...
Color of the tea (in the cup): Is this a beautiful, lively color?
Clarity of the tea: How shiny, how pure is the tea brew? “

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Source Web: Tea Masters Blog. Gong fu cha brewing: the 5 senses[online]. 2005. Available on WWW: <http://teamasters.blogspot.com/>. [q866] [s91]


„Smell:
Dry leaves: smell the leaves before you brew them. You can smell them before and after you put them in the heated gaiwan.
The gaibei's lid: lots of fragrant smells accumulate below the lid. Smell and you'll know when the tea is ready. You can also smell it after you pour the tea out.
The tea: interestingly, the brew doesn't smell as strong as the lid or the empty glass!“

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Source Web: Tea Masters Blog. Gong fu cha brewing: the 5 senses[online]. 2005. Available on WWW: <http://teamasters.blogspot.com/>. [q867] [s91]


„Smell:
The hot tea leaves: after pouring the tea from the gaibei. Again, a different smell! You can also smell the empty gaibei: a strong smell means that the leaves could have been brewed a few more times.
The empty cup: you can use it as a wen xiang bei! The empty pitcher can also be used as a big wen xiang bei!“

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Source Web: Tea Masters Blog. Gong fu cha brewing: the 5 senses[online]. 2005. Available on WWW: <http://teamasters.blogspot.com/>. [q868] [s91]


„Taste:
Sweet: on the tip of the tongue. Lingering mellow taste: How does it evolve over time? Acidity/astringency: on the back and on the sides of the tongue. What defect does the tea have? Yun/cloudiness: How is the finish? Are there any special feelings after the tea has left your mouth? Dry feeling: do you experience dryness in the mouth and throat?“

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Source Web: Tea Masters Blog. Gong fu cha brewing: the 5 senses[online]. 2005. Available on WWW: <http://teamasters.blogspot.com/>. [q869] [s91]


„Touch:
You, the person brewing the tea is entitled to touch the tea leaves with (clean) hands. What does this contact tell you about the tea? (For me, a 'heavy', compact leave is a sign for a good quality tea.)
Then there is the pleasure of touching the porcelain and to feel it in your mouth. Do you notice how a cup with a different shape will change the taste and pleasure of the tea? And can you find which cup is best for your tea (I tend to prefer old and thin cups).“

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Source Web: Tea Masters Blog. Gong fu cha brewing: the 5 senses[online]. 2005. Available on WWW: <http://teamasters.blogspot.com/>. [q870] [s91]


„Hearing:
It's the sound of soon to boil water, and then the flowing in the gaibei and the cups. It's also the sound of tea bags, of porcelain. And then it's the sound of silence during the tasting...“

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Source Web: Tea Masters Blog. Gong fu cha brewing: the 5 senses[online]. 2005. Available on WWW: <http://teamasters.blogspot.com/>. [q871] [s91]


„Beyond the senses, tea is also a cultural and spiritual pleasure that can open the doors to many other areas. “

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Source Web: Tea Masters Blog. Gong fu cha brewing: the 5 senses[online]. 2005. Available on WWW: <http://teamasters.blogspot.com/>. [q872] [s91]


„To master the skill of gongfu cha, one needs all his senses and a great amount of concentration. As we gain experience, our movements become more automatic, like rituals. We can brew tea without really thinking, like we drive our car. In a calm setting, our mind is focused on the tea we brew. The choice of a good tea, the harmony of the tea set we use, the way we beautifully arrange the tea table... everything heightens our concentration and peace of mind.“

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Source Web: Tea Masters Blog. Gong fu cha brewing: the 5 senses[online]. 2005. Available on WWW: <http://teamasters.blogspot.com/>. [q873] [s91]


„Most of the meditation techniques are using the very same principles we need to perform a good gongfu cha: calm, concentration and a ritual. No wonder we can achieve a very similar outcome! Under good conditions, what emerges is our real Me, speaking from the bottom of our heart. We become the Chinese ideal, a zhen ren, a true man (or woman). We have no needs, no desire. We are fulfilled with the simple happiness of a cup of tea.“

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Source Web: Tea Masters Blog. Gong fu cha brewing: the 5 senses[online]. 2005. Available on WWW: <http://teamasters.blogspot.com/>. [q874] [s91]




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„The Secret Discourse on the Mysterious Pass by the Master of the White Jade Moon says, ”Have no mind on things and no things in mind.” “

Source Book: Cleary, Thomas. Practical Taoism. Shambhala Publications Inc, 1998. p. 112. ISBN: 978-1570622007. [q712] [s79]
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