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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.

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    Spring Gaiwan


    The successor to our wildly popular Jingdezhen Spring Gaiwan, our new Spring Gaiwan is handcrafted in Dehua, Fujian from paper-thin, high-fired porcelain. Finished with a thin, hand-painted...

  • Summer Gaiwan
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    Summer Gaiwan


    The successor to our wildly popular Jingdezhen Summer Gaiwan, our new Summer Gaiwan is handcrafted in Dehua, Fujian from paper-thin, high-fired porcelain. Finished with a thin, hand-painted cerulean line...

  • Modern Glass Server
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    A sleek, minimal glass pitcher designed with gong fu cha in mind. The large capacity makes this server ideal for combining infusions or serving groups, while the precisely pointed spout offers a pour without dribbles. Crafted of thick borosilicate glass that is twice the weight...

  • Ming Tasting Cups
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    A modern interpretation of traditional Ming Dynasty blue-and-white porcelain, our Ming Tasting Cups are crafted in Dehua, Fujian from paper-thin white porcelain and finished with a hand-painted cerulean rim line....

  • Stagg EKG Kettle
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    Form meets function in the Stagg EKG, an advanced temperature-controlled water kettle by Fellow.

    Though minimalist in design, the Stagg EKG is one of the most capable electric...

  • Long Bamboo 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...

  • Bamboo Runner
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    Bamboo Runner


    Our Bamboo Runner provides a simple and elegant foundation for your tea set. Crafted from hundreds of carefully interwoven bamboo splines, this premium tea mat visually anchors your teaware and elegantly hides accidental drips and spills. Use it on its own or as a protective mat on top of...

  • Leaf Strainer
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    Leaf Strainer


    Our Leaf Strainer is an elegant and completely unique way to filter your loose leaf tea when brewing gongfu-style or decanting into a mug. Crafted from...

  • White Tea Dish
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    A simple and beautifully shaped vessel for holding your tea leaves. We use it at the shop as a presentation dish to show the tea before brewing. For gong fu cha, the tea dish is an elegant intermediary between a canister of tea and the...

  • Digital Tea Scale
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    Easy to use, with an unbranded matte black design, this minimalist scale is perfect for portioning premium tea leaves for gongfu brewing. The scale is accurate to 0.01 grams, with a maximum capacity of 100 grams, and will quickly become an invaluable tool in your pursuit of...

  • 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.

  • 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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