When visiting the town of Jiufen, you shouldn't miss the Jiufen (Chiufen) Teahouse. The Jiufen Teahouse was opened in 1991 and replicates an old wooden house located at the top level of Jiufen. There are great views and it's a fun way to learn and enjoy how to make Taiwan tea in a traditional way.
The decor of the Jiufen Teahouse is very unique. It is a wooden structure filled with antique wooden furniture for patrons to sit. There is also a shop area where you can buy tea and pottery.
Below, the front entrance to the Jiufen Teahouse.
The tea at the Jiufen Teahouse is mostly of the oolong variety and grown in Taiwan. It's all loose leaf and if you don't know how to brew this kind of tea, the staff will teach you.
There is tea on sale at the front of the teahouse, but when you order your tea, you will get a bag of the amount you order as well.
Sitting outside at the teahouse, you can enjoy a few hours sipping tea and admiring the views.
The inside of the teahouse has a warm feeling.
There are tables inside the teahouse as well as outside.
The furniture is the Jiufen Teahouse are all Taiwanese antiques.
Below, our table with a tea set and snacks.
When making tea ("Pao Cha") in Mandarin, it is customary to order a few small dishes of snacks like pistachios, peanuts, and dried fruit. There is a menu and these snacks pair welll with the high mountain tea.
The menu, which has English, has a few varieties of tea. The price includes the water fee. The waitress then prepares a stove full of hot charcoal. This is very unique at the Jiufen Teahouse as most other places use gas.
The teapots are also very unique at the Jiufen Teahouse. It has the elements of clay, wood, and metal. The teahouse sells them in their shop.
Once the water is boiled, you put a few spoonfuls of the tea in the small pot. Let the tea steep for a minute and them pour it into the pourer. Use the pourer pour the tea into the small cups. When you are ready for more tea, you can use the same tea leaves. Each batch of tea leaves can be brewed 4-5 times but the taste will become lighter and lighter.
Below, pouring the tea from pot to pourer.
A napkin at the Jiufen Teahouse.
The little metal statues represent the bill for your table. When you're finished, take the little statue to the desk and they will tell you how much you owe.
There are lots of great tea pots, cups, and vases for sale.
Below, more tea for sale in different packaging.
The Jiufen Teahouse is great way to enjoy a visit to Jiufen.