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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...


  • 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.


  • Ripple Tea Set
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    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 530
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    A unique double-barreled gourd shape in burnished red clay. The tall body of this pot combined with the rounded gourd form makes it a versatile pot that will allow any tea room to expand, but the high density clay will particularly suit aromatic oolongs.

    Each summer...


  • 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...


  • Master Yixing, Style 533
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    A large, flat pot in dark red clay, perfect for serving a group or pouring a big mug. The broad shape of this teapot would make it ideal for pressed tea leaves like pu-erhs, or for long, twisted oolongs or black teas. Bamboo details add...


  • 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...


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