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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.

  • 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...


  • Side view: Master Yixing, Style 527
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    The decorative ridges adorning this teapot and carefully burnished surface are evidence of it's superior craftsmanship. The wide, round shape makes this pot perfect for oolongs with rolled leaves or flat pieces of pressed pu-erh cakes.

    Each summer we travel to Jiangsu - the province...


  • 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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  • 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...


  • Jingdezhen Gaiwan, Crimson
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    A beautiful, festive gaiwan, specially commissioned for Red Blossom. Functional details are modeled on our popular white gaiwans, with a set-in center to the saucer and a well fitted lid to avoid slipping in the hand. The body of the gaiwan is made of fine,...


  • 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....


  • Master Yixing, Style 521
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    Made of dark clay in a traditional 'stone ladle' shape. The wide base of this pot allows plenty of room for rolled or twisted leaves to expand, while the opening remains wide enough to accommodate even large tea leaves.

    Each summer we travel to Jiangsu -...


  • Master Yixing, Style 523
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    This pot, made of dark clay, is designed in the shape of a squash, with subtle leaf and branch details surrounding the lid and spout. With a wide body and burnished exterior, this pot is suited to a wide range of teas.

    Each summer we travel...


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