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DRINK like an artist with

Vipoo SRIVALASA

We recently caught up with Vipoo and he agreed to share his favourite drink.



Green Tea

My main medium is ceramic, so naturally I love drinking tea as it provides a chance for me to use my ceramic collection. My favourite tea is green tea and I especially love Sencha and Longjing Tea. 

Longjing Tea
Longjing tea, sometimes called by its literal translated name Dragon Well tea, is a variety of pan-roasted green tea from the area of Longjing Village in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. It is produced mostly by hand and renowned for its high quality, earning it the China Famous Tea title. Source > Wikipedia

Equipment
You'll need to have the equipment and I've been collecting for a while. My tea sets are from different parts of the world:
> Celadon teapot - China 
> Celadon tea cup - China 
> Blue tea cup - Australia
> Tea pourer - Korea 
> Tea strainer - Thailand 
> Tea strainer dish - Korea
> Wooden tray - Taiwan 
> Fruit dish - Thailand 


How to brew 

  • Place 4-5 grams of leaves into a teapot. I usually just use one tea spoon for my small tea pot. 
  • Fill the teapot with water at 60°C. Without using a thermometer, this can be achieved by letting boiling water cool for about 2 minutes. For best flavour, use spring or freshly drawn filtered water. I recommend using 1 teaspoon of loose-leaf tea for every 200ml of hot water.
  • Infuse for 2 minutes
  • After 2 minutes, place a strainer over your cup so that any leaves will be caught by the strainer. Make sure to empty the teapot so the tea leaves do not continue to steep. It will go bitter. Then enjoy the tea in a quiet environment. I love having a cup of Longjing Tea in the early morning hours while checking emails on my computer.

  • Note: If brewed for multiple guests, pour tea into a tea pourer first, then pour tea little-by-little in each cup to evenly distribute the flavour. Most of the flavour will be collected at the bottom of the teapot, so the initial pour will be lighter and become stronger towards the end of the pour.




IMAGES [Top to bottom] > Tea, by Aniketh Kanukurthi on Unsplash
> Vipoo Srivilasa's Green Tea. Photograph: Vipoo Srivilasa
> Tea, by Loverna Journey on Unsplash




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