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TeaMaster Smart-Brew Cup

 

Multifunction Portable Tea Brewer

 

Double-Walled--Warm-to-the-Touch

Keeps Your Tea Hot!

 

Brew and drink, all in one cup!

 

          

                   Double-walled PC          Double-walled Steel         Double-walled Glass

                                       

• Introducing the revolutionary TeaMaster Smart-Brew Cup. This amazing new product is made of advanced food-grade PC (polycarbonate) and superior quality stainless steel, food-grade glass.

• The TeaMaster Smart-Brew Cup combines a big capacity with easy-to-use portability. The roomy stainless steel filter keeps tea leaves and tea separate while allowing plenty of room for the tea leaves to expand for maximum brewing flavor.

• Smart-Brew technology is perfect for use with all high quality loose leaf teas including green tea, white tea, yellow tea, black tea, oolong tea, jasmine tea, and Pu-erh tea.

• Bring out the best in your tea. Enjoy the great fragrance and flavor that lingers on your palate.

• The TeaMaster Smart-Brew provides leak-proof enjoyment on the road, at the office, in your hotel room or in your home.

 

 

A Perfect Cup of Tea no matter where you are!

Six Easy Steps!

 

                               

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TeaMaster Automatic Tea Brewer

       

As a beginning tea lover, I learned the traditional gongfu tea style from an old  tea master in Taiwan. Traditional gongfu style is interesting and fun.  You can make a perfect cup of tea for any tea lover. The gongfu style is very serious about tea accessories. A small clay tea pot, the amount of tea in the pot, what kind water, what temperature, steeping timing, if everything combines very well, you can make the perfect cup of tea, the most perfect cup of tea in the world.

This style is really complicated, it is not for beginners. The tea maker needs to follow the amount of tea and timing very carefully. When I began demonstrating tea for my tea business, I used the gongfu tea style. During the demonstrations I talked to many people . This was a distraction from my brewing. If I was not careful about  timing the tea would come out bitter.  Also, my US customers could not follow my gongfu style very well. I began looking for an easier  way to brew. There was no easy tea brewing accessory on the market. Hands-on care was still necessary to control timing.

From 1998, I began to think about creating a brand new tea brewer without the need for careful attention or electric power.

My invention follows the gongfu style. It uses one tea pot, one pitcher, and one strainer.   I created a three-in-one brewer. I followed the traditional gongfu style with the tea pot on top, the strainer in the middle, and the pitcher on the bottom. A small hole on the tea brewer bottom controls the timing.

The TeaMaster brewer was in development for almost three years. I kept making tea pots and throwing them away when they did not work. Three years, three thousand discarded pots,  and 7 manufacturers later a new and unique tea brewer was born.   August 21, 2001 a US patent was awarded for this tea brewer. In 2002 the Chinese patent was awarded.

Today, we offer a porcelain tea brewer, a glass tea brewer, and a Yixing clay tea brewer. The porcelain brewer is very popular right now, in Asia, and especially in China . Even my old tea master in Taiwan likes to use my invention. He said to me, "Hey, that really works!"

The TeaMaster Automatic Tea Brewer won second place in the 30th Annual NASFT Product Awards show in New York.

Tea Brewing Instructions

 

Yixing Purple Clay Teapots

       

Teapots made from the clay of China’s Yixing county have long been proclaimed the world’s finest.

History of Yixing Teapots

       

China’s Jiangsu province is not only renowned for its green tea, including the Imperial Tribute Tea, Mao Feng, but also for the famous Zisha clay of Yixing county. The region has been the home of countless artisans since the Ming dynasty. Here in close proximity have lived painters, calligraphers, and ceramic artists for 500 years. These artisans have worked together with the area’s remarkable clay to produce the world’s greatest tradition in fine teaware. Stylistically rich, detailed and delicate, and yet extremely useful, Yixing teapots are an essential element of the Chinese art of tea.

Special Characteristics of Yixing Ware

       

Throughout the world Yixing teapots are treasured by both tea drinkers and collectors as the finest teaware available. Creating the finest pots requires a great deal of time and effort. The clay itself is found in the area’s craggy cliffs. It is first crushed, then sieved. Then, only the finest crushed clay is selected. The clay is then stored for 3-5 years before it can be used. The end result is a pot that is smooth on the outside, and which, over the years, will take on a rich hue. On the inside, the numerous tiny pores allow the pot to absorb up to 2% of its weight in water. It is this quality, combined with the pot’s high iron content (9.2%) that enables Yixing teapots to make the most flavorful tea.

Aesthetically speaking, Yixing teapots are an amalgamation of China’s most distinguished arts. Aside from the renowned facility with which the Yixing potters work clay, a single pot may display the talents of a calligrapher, a seal carver, a painter, and a poet, thus the clay becomes a unique medium through which these diverse arts meet.

The artistry of Yixing pottery has a distinguished tradition of influence throughout the world. During the Qing dynasty the master potter Jin Tuheng and several of his followers went to Japan to introduce their art. They had a profound impact on Japanese ceramics.

The earliest European teapots also show the influence of Yixing, as well. Yixing teapots have won numerous awards at artistic exhibitions throughout the 20th century and are treasured worldwide by private collectors and museums.

Preparing Your New Pot

       

Certain steps must be followed to insure that the best results are obtained from a new tea pot. Each new pot will have a residue of fine clay and a taste produced by the final firing that is unsuitable for fine teas.

“Raise” your pot:

1. Place it inside a lidded pot and simmer with 15 grams of tea (place tea on both the inside and outside of the pot) for 15-20 minutes.

2. Rinse thoroughly.

3. Simmer in clean water for 30 minutes. This will clean out the pores of the pot, enabling it to breathe in the flavor of the tea chosen for that particular pot. Over time, the outside of the pot will take on a rich glow as it absorbs the essence of the tea.

Proper Use of Yixing Teaware

1. Warm the tea pot inside with hot water. Pour out the water.

    (A warm tea pot will wake up the tea.)

2. Measure tea for tea pot.  Put tea in pot.

   (The average ratio of tea to water should be one gram  for 30 cc water. )

3. Add a little bit of hot water to the tea, about 25%. Then pour out the water. For a second time we wake up the tea leaf. Oolong especially needs a second warming to wake up the black dragon.

   (Now enjoy the aroma of the warm tea in the pot.)

4. Pour hot water* into the tea pot until it is completely filled.

        When using a clay tea pot, pour a little water on the outside of the  pot. When the water has completely evaporated (about one minute and thirty seconds), this is the time to drink the tea.

        A second method for judging the correct timing is simply look into the pot and see if the tea leaves are open.

*For fullest flavor hot water temperature:

Green tea 175—190 degrees F
Jasmine tea 175—190 degrees F
White Tea 180—190 degrees F
Oolong tea 190—210 degrees F
Black tea 210 degrees F
Pu Erh 210 degrees F

5. Pour tea through a strainer into the pitcher.

6. Warm the inside of the cups with hot water. Pour out the water. 

7. Pour tea into the cups. Three pleasures in one cup—color; aroma; lingering flavor.

8. Enjoy!

Caring for Your Yixing Teapot

Remove all tea leaves after each use. The pot needs only to be rinsed with warm water (never use detergent or soap to clean your pot) and wiped with a soft cotton cloth. Store your Yixing teapot in a well-ventilated area. Ideally, you should use a single type of tea with each individual pot. Over time the flavor of the tea will b slowly absorbed by the teapot.

 

 

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