I am on a new kick: taking a tea set in a travel bag and having a slow quiet tea (or tea party with others) outside the house.
Here are the essentials implements for travel tea:
• Thermos of hot water
• Gaiwan under 200 ml (bowl with lid)
• Decanter or pitcher
• Tea cups less than 100 ml
• Waste water container (perforated water tray or a bowl)
• Tongs (spoon for dry tea, tongs for moving hot cups)
• Tin for loose tea
• Paper towels
• Insulated carrying bag
Here is the process. This is not a ceremony like a formal Japanese Tea Ceremony where each item and each movement are infused with spiritual meaning. No, this is just a very practical way of conducting a tea service to maximize the enjoyment of sipping tea.
• Set implements on tray
• Heat cups, gaiwan, and decanter with hot water.
• Pour out waste water
• Use scoop to add leaves to gaiwan
• Pour a little hot water over leaves to rinse.
• Pour out waste water. Use strainer.
• Add more water to gaiwan and let brew for about a minutes.
• Pour into decanter. Use strainer.
• Pour into cups.
• Use tongs to move around hot cups
• Dry out the implements with paper towels.
• Wash everything when home.
Here is a visual demonstration of the process at home (not traveling) but it is the same process and she is using a water tray to collect the waste water:
May 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm
This is a really lovely process to watch!
May 23, 2022 at 5:41 pm
Isn’t it? I had a bit of a stressful morning, so midway I stopped and did a very abbreviated version of this just for myself. It’s a way to slow down. Almost meditative.