The Gaiwan or covered bowl is for many the preferred method for brewing teas with delicate flavours, such as green and white teas, but is suitable for any type of tea. The Gaiwan consists of a lid, bowl and saucer. Tilted slightly to provide a small gap, the lid is used to strain tea leaves from a fresh infusion, while the saucer helps you lift the hot cup to your lips. Traditionally it is used in place of a teapot, as a combination teapot and teacup or simply as a drinking cup. With a little practice it is a great way to make tea.