A Gaiwan is beautiful ancient design from the Tang Dynasty. The vessel comprises of three sections each with a meaning in Chinese culture: Saucer (Earth), Cup (People), and Lid (Heaven). The harmonious balance of the three sections helps with heat retention, avoiding spill, and ease of brewing. A Gaiwan is an excellent solution for individual brewing and also group endeavors.

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Put leaves into gaiwan.

Put leaves into gaiwan.

Pour hot water onto sides of gaiwan.

Pour hot water onto sides of gaiwan.

Nudge lid to the side to allow a small opening between the lid and the cup.

Nudge lid to the side to allow a small opening between the lid and the cup.

Lift the gaiwan and grip it with three fingers under the bottom plate.

Lift the gaiwan and grip it with three fingers under the bottom plate.

Hold gaiwan lid in place by holding it with thumb. 

Hold gaiwan lid in place by holding it with thumb. 

Turn gaiwan 90 degrees to pour tea into serving pitcher.

Turn gaiwan 90 degrees to pour tea into serving pitcher.