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Gaiwans are a traditional Chinese lidded bowl, without handles, used for the infusion and consumption of tea, consisting of a bowl, a lid, and a saucer representing people, heaven and earth, respectively.

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How to use a Gaiwan

  • Pre-warm the cup by adding some hot water and then discard that water. Heating the cup first allows for the tea to brew evenly rather than losing that heat to the cup.
  • Add 2-3 tsp of dry leaves to the gaiwan, followed by water at the appropriate temperature for your tea. Cover and then immediately discard that first “rinsed” infusion after 30 seconds. Leave the lid on the rinsed leaves.
  • Lift the gaiwan to your nose and tilt the lid open about 1/2” to release the tea's full-body scent.
  • Steep the tea in the appropriate hot water and time to these leaves, paddle them once or twice with the lid and then replace the lid.
  • Tilt the lid back slightly and either start sipping directly from the gaiwan or decant the brew into another cup.
  • Tea can be re-infused multiple times for various tastes and caffeine levels.


  • Holds 5 oz
  • Dimensions 4" x 4"


Handwash only. It is not recommended to use in a microwave or dishwasher.





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