• Step 1:
    Prepare the necessary teaware and lay out the proper setting . If we have two guests, then tea tray, clay teapot for two, clay tea pitcher (a.k.a tea ocean), filter, tea towel, tea utensils, two large clay cups, two coasters, kettle, tea receptacle and presentation vessel are required.

    Teaware preparation
  • Step 2:
    Take a chunk of compressed puerh tea.

    Break off a piece of puerh cake
  • Step 3:
    Break up the compressed puerh tea into smaller pieces at the presentation vessel. If the compressed tea does not break off easily, use a knife to loosen up the tea. If the puerh tea already comes in loose form, simply place the tea on the presentation vessel.

    Break into smaller pieces with hands

    Break the tea into smaller pieces using a puerh knife

    Scoop loose puerh tea from the can
  • Step 4:
    Take a moment to observe the appearance and to smell the aroma of the tea. Then pass the tea presentation vessel to your guests. It is their turn to admire the dry tea.

    Puerh tea on presentation vessel
  • Step 5:
    Make sure the water has reached boiling point. Then pour hot water into the teapot at least half full.

    Pouring hot water from kettle
  • Step 6:
    Drain hot water completely into the pitcher.

    Pour water from teapot into pitcher
  • Step 7:
    By this time, the presentation vessel probably has been returned to the host. The host opens the teapot's lid and ready to pour dry tea from the tea presentation vessel into the teapot.

    Tea presentation vessel
  • Step 8:
    Left hand holds the presentation vessel and right hand holds the spatula. Gently push the dry tea into the teapot.

    Transfer of the tea
  • Step 9:
    Close lid. Gently shake the teapot.

    Shaking the teapot
  • Step 10:
    Pass the teapot to guests. At this time, the teapot is warm and dry with tea inside. The guests should know that they are to open the lid and smell the dry tea's aroma, which is very different from its previous state when it is sitting on tea presentation vessel.

    Guest opens the lid and smells the tea's aroma
  • Step 11:
    Close lid and pass to the next guest.
  • Step 12:
    While the teapot is being passed around, the host pours water from the pitcher into the cups. If there is any water remaining inside the pitcher, then discard it into the tea receptacle. This should not happen if the host has gauged the size of the teapot and the cup correctly beforehand. But it is OK if this happens. No big deal. The rinsing of the teapot, tea ocean and cups are meant to warm up the teaware.
    Pouring water into the cupsDiscarding water at tea receptacle
  • Step 13:
    Pour water into the teapot up to tea's top. Closed lid. Wait about 5-10 seconds. Then pour out. This is known as the warm-up brew. Set aside this brew on the side. This will be discarded as shown in Step 15.

    Pouring of the warm-up brew
  • Step 14:
    Again pour water into the teapot. Close lid. Wait for 20-40 seconds.

    Pouring hot water
  • Step 15:
    In the meanwhile, pour the warm-up tea liquor on the outside of the teapot.

    Teapot seasoning
  • Step 16:
    Pour tea into the pitcher. Then transfer to the cups.

    Pour tea into the cups
  • Step 17:
    Place the cup on the coaster and pass it to the guest.

    Tea placed in front of the guest
Continue to infuse tea until the taste of tea has disappeared completely. The tea can last up to at least 8 infusions.
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