Now that I’m gonna go for this serious tea drinking hobby, I think I might want to get some basic teaware things. In order of interest/importance:
A gaiwan for gongfu brewing. After witnessing gongfu-style brewing at T Shop, I know that I want to try brewing this way. Don’t need an expensive one – we’re going to a restaurant supply store in Chinatown in a few days, so hopefully I can find one there and sneakily buy it without having to explain or justify the need for it to my parents. >__>
A brewing basket, which would just be useful when I don’t want to do the full ceremony and just want to brew in a mug. I anticipate quite a few late nights over the next semester haha.
A digital scale for weighing out tea. Might not be strictly necessary, but I would like to be more precise, if only to better run empirical tea tasting studies. Then I could be like “5g of tea” as opposed to “two pinches and a tiny dash.”
A tea board, which certainly isn’t necessary but would make me look legit as heck.
These will probably cost… a fair amount of money… but it’s for tea! I can sacrifice for that.
Also, it’s a sign of my obsession that yesterday, when I went to the mall, all I could think was: if I don’t buy these $12 jeans, I wonder how many grams of oolong that will get me? My new tea obsession is actually restraining my formerly unrestrained habits of buying lots of clothes. Dang.