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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 of gongfu teaware includes a gaiwan, server, strainer, four cups, and a soft shell carrying case to unleash your tea experience.

    With its clever design, this full-sized tea set nests into a package that...


  • Jingdezhen Gaiwan, Summer
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    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...


  • 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.


  • Xu De Jia Tray
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    Xu De Jia Tray

    $128.00

    This simple tea tray is the piece that first piqued our interest in celadon ware by Taiwanese ceramicist Xu De Jia. Modern and beautiful in its simplicity. Thick glazed in lustrous celadon, and available in either creamy sapphire blue celadon or antique linen.

    This tea...


  • 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.


  • Tea Strainer
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    Tea Strainer

    $3.00

    Our strainers are designed to sit on a tea server, filtering out tiny bits of tea leaves from brewed tea poured from a teapot or gaiwan.

    The basic stainless strainer is funnel shaped and ends in a fine wire mesh. The edges are scalloped (not...


  • Master Yixing, Style 526
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    A small, wide teapot, crafted with precision. The wide body of this pot makes it perfect for flat pieces of compressed pu-erh cakes or long, twisted oolong leaves, but the domed shoulder ensures any tea would have room to expand.

    Each summer we travel to Jiangsu...


  • Master Yixing, Style 522
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    Made from rare zisha clay in an exaggerated pear shape, this pot is highly burnished on the outside, while the interior is left with a natural texture. The porosity of this pot will round and soften the sharpness of charcoal roasted oolongs, while accentuating the tea's floral qualities.

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