Tea Tools Using Guide – Tea Art Six Gentlemen

Last Updated on 11/04/2020 by Desmond

Many tea tools are not necessary when making tea. But if you work with them, you may get more fun, and that’s why the tea ceremony attracts people. Such as the so-called “Tea Art Six Gentlemen,” which are the tea tool that can help you better at making tea.

Tea art six gentlemen are a set of simple tools. Without them, you can still make a perfect cup; and with them, your preparation work will become easier.

Among them, some are easy to understand what they use for, and others are not. Even sometimes, you may misunderstand their use and make like a fool. So let’s learn each name and use them in the right way.

The most common tea tools - tea six gentlemen
The most common tea tools – six tea gentlemen

Tea Tools Caddy

Bamboo tea tools caddy
Bamboo tea tools caddy

Some people may use the tea tools caddy for storing loose tea leaves, that’s a big mistake. This caddy is for placing the tea tools, also one of the six gentlemen.

The tea storage containers typically with a cover, and have a professional design on the airtightness.

Related readingHow To Choose A Tea Storage Container


Using a teaspoon to take out the tea from the can
Using a teaspoon to take out the tea from the can

The teaspoon in six gentlemen is for measuring tea amount, and take out the loose tea from the tea container. Never use it for stirring the infusion.

Use a teaspoon for taking out the tea leaves from the container will be more convent. It would help avoid contacting the tea with your hands directly and make it polluted, making the process more clean and sanitary.

After you can use the teaspoon skillfully, you can easily measure the amount of tea, and make sure not to take too much or less tea out.

Tea Funnel

Tea funnel has no filter screen, that's different from tea filter
Tea funnel has no filter screen, that’s different from tea filter

Even though tea funnel and tea infuser look similar, but they are not the same. The tea funnel is without the filter screen, so it can not filter the leaves in the infusion.

And what is it used for? In the small teapot case, it’s not easy to add the tea leaves in. Put the tea funnel on the opening of the teapot, so that do an excellent help prevent the leaves from fall out, to keep the table clean.

The tea infuser generally used to cover above the fair cup to filter out the leaves from the infusion.

Tea Stirrer

Using a tea stirrer to add tea from the teaspoon
Using a tea stirrer to add tea from the teaspoon

The tea stirrer looks like a stick. It used for transferring the tea leaves from the teaspoon or the tea holder to the teapot.

And in some cases, the leaves after steeping would swell and tight fill the teapot inside; it’s difficult to dig them out. So at this time, we can also use the tea stirrer for help instead of a finger.

Tea Tweezer

Using a tea tweezer to protect your hands from the hot water
Using a tea tweezer to protect your hands from the hot water

One of the uses of the tea tweezer is as same as the tea stirrer, which for digging out the steeped leaves from the teapot.

But most of the time, the tweezer is used for holding the teacup during washing and pre-heating. It can prevent your finger burn, and also avoid contamination.

Tea Needle

Using a tea needle to unclog the outlet of the teapot
Using a tea needle to unclog the outlet of the teapot

Once the tea leaves block the teapot’s outlet and filter holes, the infusion becomes hard to out smoothly. At this time, you can use a tea needle to unclog it.

Besides, some kinds of tea needles made from metal and used for prying out the leaves from the dark tea brick.

Do You Really Need These Tea Tools?

Tea art six gentlemen are a part of the Traditional Chinese teaware. Except you are interested in the Chinese tea ceremony, or it’s not necessary for you, many modern teawares may be more convenient. But to the Chinese tea ceremony lovers, they almost all own a set of these tea tools. Some tea tools made from expensive materials, or with special significance, have a high collection value and are also popular with collectors.

Most of the time, these tea tools made from bamboo or wood, some may from metal or even jade. Therefore, after every time using, it must be clean at all. Once it gets moldy, it affects not only the appearance and collection value but also your health.

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