Oolong Blasphemy

Ever ones to experiment with our teas, hubby and I came up with a different way to approach multiple steepings of oolongs. It’s a bit unorthodox. Some might even call it oolong blasphemy. Multiple steepings are usually short and quick. We find that the teas are often too hot to drink immediately after steeping and …

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Gong Fu Tea Ceremony with a Dash of Milk

Ever since I became professionally involved with tea, I’ve had many people approach me to tell me their horror story of being pulled by the arm when they’ve visited China; being taken to a room where a Tea Master makes the tea, they receive a thimble of tea and are then charged “an arm and …

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My Gongfu Tea Time Is Missing Its Chahai!

Acquiring some Yixing teapots started me looking into the whole Gongfu Tea Time thing, except that there was a part that hubby and I overlooked: the chahai! Unbeknownst to us, though, we had come up with our own version without even realizing it. First, we need to back up a bit. What’s a chahai? Well, …

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Finding a Tea (Pet) Companion

Tea pets are a delightful, if less well-known, element of tea drinking that most often feature in gong fu tea preparation. Made of yixing clay, tea pets (also known as tea mascots) absorb the flavour of tea because of the clay’s porous, unsealed nature. Yixing teapots often feature an animal on the body or lid, and …

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Gongfu Cha

With the ever-increasing interest in premium tea these days there has also been an increase of interest in the preparation style called gongfu or gongfu cha. This method of tea preparation has been well established for many centuries in China, where it originated. In recent years gongfu cha has become more popular with tea enthusiasts …

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Brewing Tea Gongfu Style

By Stephanie Harkins [reposted from our sister blog] The Gongfu tea ceremony, also known as the Kungfu tea ceremony, literally means “Way of tea brewing with great skill”. The ceremony itself a Chinese method of brewing teas. Usually Oolong tea, which is a type of tea between green and black tea, or Pu-erh tea, which …

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