How to Serve Chinese Tea

Nov 13 10:53 2017 Karina Garcia Print This Article

The art of drinking and serving tea plays a very vital cultural role in China. It inspires a lot of artists that the Chinese tea ceremony, as it is called, has been written in songs and poetry.

The ritual of preparing and serving tea has even held a special place in the hearts and minds of the Chinese aristocracy,Guest Posting court officials, intellectual, poets, and even the common people.


On its most basic, the Chinese tea ceremony emphasizes the tea itself, rather than the ceremony. It focuses on what the tea tastes like, smells like, and how one tea tastes compared to the previous tea, or in inclusive rounds of drinking. It doesn’t mean that each server will perform the ritual the same way and it is not related to religion. Every step taken during the ceremony is meant to be a sensory exploration and appreciation.


How to conduct a Chinese tea ceremony is just so easy. However, it is important to note that steps to assure the finest tasting tea is very exacting. As often said, if done properly you can extract the finest flavor a tea has to offer.


Serving tea is a custom in China and has a long history. Chinese people like to serve tea to guest, gradually, it became etiquette. According to Chinese traditional culture, no matter where it is, serving tea must relate to tea etiquette. The steps of serving tea:


  1. Smell the tea. The host should show the tea, and introduce the characteristics to guests, while guests should smell the tea by turns.
  2. Warm the tea pot. Fill the boiled water into the empty pot to warm the pot, the pour out the water.
  3. Fill the tea to the pot. According to the variety of the tea to scoop the quantity of the tea. Use teaspoon to scoop the tea, not the hand.
  4. Invite guest to drink. Use two hands to hold the tea to guests to show respect. The tea cup should put at the right hand of the guest. Fill the water in time, when the water is nearly drank out. Guest should appreciate the tea, and try to avoid drinking a big mouthful of tea.
  5. Try to avoid crossing legs when drinking tea no matter host or guest.


For the tea preparation, all you need to do is prepare the boiling water, and carefully place the tea into the teapot until it is about a third full. Also, make sure that the teapot and cups are now on the tea washing tray. Then, pour the hot water into the teapot until it is overflowing. Place the lid on, and continue to pour the hot water over the teapot. This is done to allow the entire teapot to be hot.


After that, pour the second brewed tea into the tea cups and pouring pitcher. This is to allow the flavor of the tea to penetrate the tea cups and pouring pitcher. Then, pour the boiling water into the teapot for the third time and cover. Place the tea strainer over the pouring pitcher. Wait for the tea to brew. After three minutes of brewing, pour hot water into the pouring pitcher to assure that it is hot and pour that into the teacups. When ready, empty the tea cups and pitcher and then pour the tea into the pitcher through a tea strainer. Pour the tea into the cups, making sure to never fill a cup at a time, but by passing the tea over each cup so they fill equally.


In Chinese tea ceremony, the aroma of the tea is certainly what is sought after. When using the small tea cups never drink or gulp the tea. Instead, sip the tea through the lips and teeth making a hissing sound. Drinking and sniffing the tea during the Chinese tea ceremony can take over an hour and many fine conversations will ensure. The sign of the tea master is to insure that every round of tea tastes exactly the same.



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