Gaiwan translates into 'bowl with a lid' in Chinese. It is composed by three parts: a lid, a cup (or cup shape bowl) and a source. It is traditionally used as a tea brewing vessel in Kung-Fu tea, although many who are naive to Chinese tea culture mistakenly assume it is a drinking tea cup due to its shape and size.
Gaiwan is commonly used to brew semi-fermented Oolong teas, fully fermented black teas or traditional eight treasure tea. As is has not got a inbuilt strainer, a strainer and a tea sever are often used in combination.
Similar to a teapot lid, a Gaiwan's lid is ideal to experience the aroma of a premium tea after enough steam from the tea brewing has accumulated and condensed on it.
We offer both authentic ceramic and Yixing Zisha Gaiwan of various sizes in our tea shop at the affordable prices.