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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.

  • 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....


  • Ocean Blue Tortoise Yunomi Tea Cup
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    Large tea cup from Tokoname, Japan. Textured with hexagonal facets and a dark blue glaze. Perfect to pair with your own pot for solo gong fu brewing.


  • 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...


  • Ru Kiln Oval Cup Pair
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    Inspired by the Imperial Ru Kilns of China's Song Dynasty, these elegant cups were crafted by nationally acclaimed Taiwanese master ceramicist Xu De Jia. Sold as a pair, the cups feature Mr. Xu's signature blue-green glaze on a dark clay body.

    As with all of our celadon pieces in the Song Kiln Collection,...


  • Ru Kiln Lotus Cup Pair (Large)
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    Inspired by the Imperial Ru Kilns of China's Song Dynasty, these lotus-motif cups were crafted by nationally acclaimed Taiwanese master ceramicist Xu De Jia. Sold as a pair, the cups feature Mr. Xu's signature blue-green glaze on a dark clay body.

    As with all of our celadon pieces in the Song Kiln...


  • Ru Kiln Lotus Cup Pair (Small)
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    Inspired by the Imperial Ru Kilns of China's Song Dynasty, these lotus-motif cups were crafted by nationally acclaimed Taiwanese master ceramicist Xu De Jia. Sold as a pair, the cups feature Mr. Xu's signature blue-green glaze on a dark clay body.

    As with all of our celadon pieces in the Song Kiln...


  • Jun Kiln Pot: Series 3
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    Part of our Song Kiln Collection, this teapot is inspired by the celadon ware of the Song Dynasty's Imperial Jun Kiln.

    Handcrafted by up-and-coming Taiwanese ceramicist Xu Chun Tian (son of nationally acclaimed master ceramicist, Xu De Jia), this pot features a...


  • Ru Kiln Pot: Series 2
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    Part of our Song Kiln Collection, this teapot is inspired by the celadon ware of the Song Dynasty's Imperial Ru Kiln, China's most prized ceramics.

    Crafted by nationally acclaimed Taiwanese master ceramicist, Xu De Jia, this pot features the artist's signature Ru Kiln...


  • Ru Kiln Pot: Series 3
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    Part of our Song Kiln Collection, this teapot is inspired by the celadon ware of the Song Dynasty's Imperial Ru Kiln, China's most prized ceramics.

    Crafted by nationally acclaimed Taiwanese master ceramicist, Xu De Jia, this pot features the artist's signature Ru Kiln...


  • Ru Kiln Pot: Series 4
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    Part of our Song Kiln Collection, this teapot is inspired by the celadon ware of the Song Dynasty's Imperial Ru Kiln, China's most prized ceramics.

    Crafted by nationally acclaimed Taiwanese master ceramicist, Xu De Jia, this pot features the artist's signature Ru Kiln...


  • Ru Kiln Chrysanthemum Plate
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    Handcrafted from light clay and glazed with a sapphire blue celadon, these plates were commissioned in 2017 from Taiwanese ceramicist Xu De Jia. They are perfect for holding a single teapot while brewing, and will elegantly contain any minor spills or overflow.

    The shape of the plate...


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