We have been drinking a lot of great Korean green tea. Mr. Oh taught us the winter technique for making green tea Korean style. The tea set usually includes a water bowl along with teapot and small cups. First, boiling water is poured into the teapot, the water bowl, and all the cups.
Next the water is poured out of the warmed-up teapot and the tea is placed in the teapot.
The tea is then allowed to sit in the warm teapot to begin to open up.
Water is then poured from the water bowl into the teapot. This water has cooled down to about 80 centigrade. The important thing is that the water is not too hot for the brewing, but all the utensils have been warmed so that the tea does not cool even more when you pour it into the cups.
The tea is then poured into the heated cups.
Naomi is demonstrating the polite way to hold your cup. There are a lot of rules of etiquette in Korea... Although they are very forgiving of foreigners who mess up, it is fun to try to be polite especially because wherever we go it seems like people are very kindly serving us tea.
After the first pour the tea is poured into the pouring bowl and passed around. Each time the teapot is refilled with water and poured brings out different aromas and flavors in the tea- the second is supposed to be the best.