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Gong Fu Cha

Literally translated as "tea with effort", Gong Fu Cha is one of the most traditional ways to brew Chinese teas. Whole leaves are brewed in a small teapot, and water is added to the same tea leaves several times. In effect, we think of this like brewing an espresso instead of a large pot of coffee - the process requires a bit more time and focus, but produces a more intense flavor.

  • Side view: Artisan Yixing, Style 621
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    An unusual square shape in dark brown zisha clay, with a faceted spout and handle. The combination of thick walls and elevated foot make this pot great for retaining heat when brewing darker teas. 

    Each summer we travel to Jiangsu - the province in which the city...


  • Jingdezhen Gaiwan, Summer
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    Jingdezhen Gaiwan, Summer

    $8.00 - $35.00

    We commissioned craftsman in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, to hand-craft these gaiwans for us.

    Our requirements were simple but specific: we wanted the gaiwans made from thin high fired porcelain - so thin, in fact, that they would appear translucent if held up against light. Their...


  • Diagonal side view: Basic Long Service Tray
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    Our basic tea service tray is perfectly versatile. Try lining with a tea towel and brewing a couple of rounds of gong fu cha, or simply using the tray to organize and keep your tea ware in one place.

    Crafted of honey-hued bamboo. A raised...


  • Jingdezhen Gaiwan, Spring
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    Jingdezhen Gaiwan, Spring

    $8.00 - $35.00

    One of two paper porcelain gaiwans we commissioned from Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province. Hand-crafted of thin high-fired porcelain.

    A sibling to the wider bodied Summer gaiwan, the Spring version is tall, with slightly more angular lines. The silhouette is very traditional, with a very gradual outward...


  • Master Yixing, Style 525
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    A unique oval pot in smooth dark clay, the long, low shape of this pot would be ideal for brewing flat pieces of pu-erh broken from a cake.

    Each summer we travel to Jiangsu - the province in which the city of Yixing is located -...


  • Buddha's Belly Utensil Set
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    Honey colored bamboo utensil set includes scoop, tongs, funnel, pick, and a tool for transferring tea from dish to brewing vessel. Utensils come with a unique base for easy storage, which has been pleasingly crafted into a teardrop shape that recalls the warm, gentle curves...


  • Side view: Artisan Yixing, Style 622
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    A wide pot in reddish-brown clay, with a swirl motif adorning the body. Delicate detailing throughout the handle, lid, and spout complete the intricate design and add visual interest to the surface, while the wide opening makes this pot easy to fill and clean.

    Each summer we travel to Jiangsu -...


  • Cherrywood Tea Scoop
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    Tea scoop carved from cherry wood, in a finish that accentuates the color of tea leaves.

    Scoop your tea leaves with peace of mind that even the most delicate tea leaves will receive gentle treatment.


  • Yixing Tasting Cup
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    These are our shop cups, used for all the tastings that we conduct day in and day out. They're pretty basic: crafted of yixing clay, then given a pure white glaze on the inside. For use with your own gong fu cha preparation.


  • Ru Kiln Gaiwan: Series 1
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    Strikingly modern in its aesthetic, this gaiwan is inspired by the Imperial Ru Kilns of China's Song Dynasty. Crafted by nationally acclaimed Taiwanese master ceramicist Xu De Jia, this piece features the artist's signature blue-green glaze on a white clay body. Our Ru Kiln Gaiwan retains heat better...


  • Ripple Tea Set
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    Hand thrown ceramic tea set. Glazed in a rustic earth tone reminiscent of sand, clay, and pebbles with a rippled surface that is pleasing to the hand. The teapot interior is unglazed, while the cups' interior glaze has the distinctive grey speckle of quail egg...


  • Bamboo Tea Tongs
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    Tongs crafted from bamboo make it easy to handle small cups or reach into the narrow opening of a yixing teapot.


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