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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.

  • Essential Gaiwan Set
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    Wherever life takes you, take tea with our Essential Gaiwan Set! This fully-integrated set...


  • 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...


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Master Yixing, Style 531
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    A broad-bodied pot with a wide lid that makes it easy to load and clean. The sturdy form of this pot is accented by bamboo details on the body, lid, spout and handle. Perfect for a variety of teas, but we this this pot would work...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • Competition Brewing Set
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    This simple brewing set is the preferred brewing method for tea competitions. For everyday use, the brewing cup works much like a gaiwan. The handle keeps fingers cool, and the lid strains the leaves as the liquid is poured through the notch in the side....


  • Modern Whirl Tea Cup
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    Large, flared tea cup with whirling ridged walls and simple white glaze. Pair with a small teapot for solo brewing or match several of these versatile cups with any large capacity pot to make a modern set for serving a group.


  • Yixing Tea Tray
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    This traditional tea tray, made of unglazed Yixing clay, is designed to trap rinse water while brewing gong fu cha. Rather than holding the pot above the water level, like most modern tea trays, this large dish collects water around the teapot, helping...


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