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Gongfu Simplified: "Plentiful-Leaf Multi-Steep" Style of Tea Brewing

From: Pamela E D.
Sent on: Monday, May 7, 2012 5:35 PM
A new 4-minute video shows how to steep a tea in the "plentiful-leaf multi-steep" method, also known as gongfu. All you need is a cup and a brew basket. The demo is done twice, using both Western and Eastern tea wares. The tea used is a dancong, but the exact same techniques can be applied to any high-quality black tea.

If  "plentiful-leaf multi-steep" doesn't yet appeal to you, please don't ignore it forever. Try it once or twice, when you have time to savor the process. It becomes easier with repetition. Yes, it uses more leaf and more time. On the other hand, it often gives much better aroma and flavor results than less leaf and a longer steep. And, "plentiful-leaf multi-steep" will yield up to a half-gallon of liquid tea, while that same 5g of leaf would give only a pint by the one-steep method. Personally, when I'm not able to drink all the output from a session, I dump it in a jar and chill it for later. It can be sweetened or re-heated, too.

Try one of your good teas with each method, and decide which is your preferred method for that tea. You may find that the method you use depends on the situation. If your memory is flaky like mine, you will have tea tins with annotations and sticky notes, or you may begin keeping notes on Steepster or elsewhere. All that's really needed, though, is a cup and a brew basket.

Some tea lovers find that they reserve the "plentiful-leaf multi-steep" method for the very best teas in their collection, when they want to draw out every nuance of aroma and flavor, or for occasions when making tea can set the mood or even be the focus of a gathering for a while.

Here's how Verdant Tea describes the video: "A short step-by-step video on brewing Verdant Tea's Mi Lan Xiang Dancong first using Chinese gongfu steeping, then using western brewing with a mug and brew basket. We emphasize the importance of the small brewing vessel, plentiful leaf and multiple steeps to get the most out of your tea."

Verdant has other videos, among them a new one which demonstrates "plentiful-leaf multi-steep" style on a green tea:

I've pointed out a few of Verdant's videos which I think demonstrate important principles to understand when it comes to tea. Verdant has a string of videos on You Tube. I think they demonstrate things clearly and distinctly. If you enjoy them, you may subscribe to Verdant's You Tube channel to be notified when they post a new one.

Happy cups!



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