This is the style of tea brewing with which most people in Europe and the Americas are most familiar. The Western method of brewing tea evolved from the fact that initially, tea was rare, expensive and reserved for the upper classes. There was a scarcity of tea in the west...
Gongfu is a Chinese way of brewing tea where the best characteristics of good loose-leaf tea are brought out by using a much higher leaf-to-water ratio than in standard brewing. Gōngfūchá (功夫茶) or gongfu tea means tea made with skill. Consistently good steeping requires precision, control over your equipment, and understanding the effects of many different variables. The result is worth the effort!