Tea Mail: Questions from Readers

by Jason Walker on March 28, 2012

in Voices of Tea

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I just started to use a gaiwan, and found a cheap one for like 5 bucks. I want to find a good quality one and am having trouble finding some. I like oolongs, so right now I’m pretty addicted to monkey picked iron goddess of mercy. I also want to find a good pur’eh, but there are a lot. Am located in Canada B.C., anything you recommend will be greatly appreciated.

Curtis G.

I know how hard it can be to find simple but sturdy gaiwans for an inexpensive price. I found a few on Ebay via Dragon Tea House. I have interacted with them before (teas) and have been pleased.

In Canada, I’d choose Camellia Sinensis, especially if you want to explore more wulongs:

For pu’er, I’d go to Yunnan Sourcing and look around. Start with a Menghai 7542, or some other popular familiar cake. I would not start with loose pu’ers. There are some decent ones, but I find many loose pu’ers don’t have the same character. If you don’t want to invest in a whole cake/disc, Camellia Sinensis and Canton Tea Co offer sample sizes of some cakes.

Any better suggestions for making tea at home or at work? I bought one of those gravity tea makers. I work in a pharmacy, so I don’t have a personal desk. I like to drink all different types of teas from white to pu-erhs so what would you recommend that will work with all tea types at home and work?

Santini L.

Here are a few options:

Tavalon Gravity Teapot. Wider is better than taller with this kind because height means tea is weaker at top vs bottom. Wider = less depth and more consistent taste. BPA free.

Piao I. A bit more of an investment, but much higher quality. Award winning design. BPA free.

Kamjove. A Piao I imitator. May not last as long as a Piao I. Screen/filter may wear out faster, allowing leaf bits to get through.

Another note- I can get most stains out of tea makers with with lemon wedge in boiling water. Allow to sit overnight in your tea pot. 1 part vinegar to 2 parts boiling water may be another method to try.

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