Learning how to brew gongfu tea first became popular during the 1500’s Ming Dynasty in China. Regular methods of brewing differ from the gongfu method through the number to tea leaves that are used along with tea’s steeping duration. The gongfu method uses more tealeaves but has a shorter infusion duration, allowing more infusions. This brewing method needs extra practice because “gongfu style” literally refers to great tea brewing skills, after all. This method happens to be ideal for black tea and oolong tea, but doesn’t work too well for scented or green teas.
Before you learn how to brew gongfu tea, you have to rinse a teapot with some hot water first. Just clean and warm the pot to get it ready for tea brewing. After the rinsing, you can pour the water out.
Put around two teaspoons of the tealeaves in the teapot right away and fill up the pot with some boiling water before quickly pouring it out again to rinse the leaves and get rid of any dust.
Refill the pot with boiling water up until the rim and leave the tea to brew. Then, put a lid on the teapot and keep pouring some boiling water onto the outer part of it to make sure the tea heats equally. If you are brewing oolong tea, keep adding water for five minutes. Conversely, keep adding boiling water for three minutes to black tea. You can also experiment a bit to find out what the ideal brewing time is for certain teas, if you want.
Rinse your drinking cups and aroma cups with some boiling water, as well. Then, after enough time has gone by, pour your tea into a serving pot. Pour some tea from the pot to your aroma cups and from there to your drinking cups. Smell them and enjoy a cup for yourself.
Keep repeating the steps above on how to brew gongfu tea for more infusions. For each following infusion,make sure the time of infusion is a bit longer.