About Brushed Stoneware Aroma Set:
A Gongfu aroma set is used to experience the aroma and flavor of Gongfu-style brewed tea. Both cups are first filled and heated with hot water, then emptied. Prepared tea is poured into the tall ‘scenting’ aroma cup and the empty, shorter ‘sipping’ cup inverted over the top of the scenting cup. Held together, both are again inverted, placing the sipping cup on the bottom. As the scenting cup is lifted out of the sipping cup, air is pulled through the tea, trapping a ‘mist’ of the fragrant brew in the emptied cup. The scenting cup can then be rolled back and forth between the palms as you inhale its fragrance.
This handcrafted aroma cup set includes three stoneware pieces, with the cups glazed white inside so the color of the brew is visible. The exterior is a black matte finish.
The Gongfu style of brewing is native to Fujian province, China and Taiwan. The style encompasses several tea utensils, including a small teapot (usually around 3 to 6 ounces, though some may be larger), and is typically used to brew Oolong or Puer teas. The essence of the Gongfu style is to enjoy tea in a ceremonial setting that highlights the tea preparer’s hospitality. The tea is prepared in small brewing rounds and is poured into a small pitcher, then into individual cups. The process is very engaging and exudes ‘Cha Tao’ – a term used to describe tea spirit.
For more on Gongfu brewing, including a demonstration of an aroma cup set, see the video below.
Tray: 5″ x 3″
Scent Cup: Approx. 1.5″ diameter, 2.75″ high, 2 ounce capacity
Sipping Cup: Approx. 2.75″ diameter, 1″ high, 1 ounce capacity