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It's All About Tea — tea ceremony

A Detailed Guide To Gong Fu Cha — The Chinese Way To Taste Tea

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Gong Fu tea is the Chinese tea ceremony, the Chinese way of drinking tea. Literally translated, gong fu cha means "making tea with skill" or "making tea the right way". Gong Fu cha is quite different from the western way of preparing tea. To make tea the Gong Fu way, we need a proper tea set(Read more)

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Matcha Bamboo Whisk: Chasen As Part of The Japanese Tea Set

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When you want to make your matcha in the traditional Japanese style, it's essential to invest in a proper Japanese tea set. A basic tea set will include a chawan (matcha bowl), chasen (matcha whisk), and chashaku (matcha scoop). If you want a complete Japanese tea set, however, you should also get a furui (tea sift), and a kusenaoshi (chasen holder). By the way, this is only if you want to enjoy matcha at home, casually. If you're going to make matcha as per the ways of Chado, you need much more equipment. So, if you want to make a proper bowl of frothy green matcha, if nothing else, you should always have quality matcha tea powder and a chasen. So how do we take care of the matcha whisk to ensure its longevity for years of umami-rich tea bowls to come? (Read more)

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Embodying The Tea Ceremony: What Is Hui Gan?

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In a couple of our recent posts, we have mentioned these obscure words — hui gan. But what does hui gan actually mean? Indeed, it’s as elusive as many of our favorite terms in this mysterious world of tea! Hui gan, cha qiwabi-sabi… they are all tricky to describe but really hold what we find is the essence of the tea ceremony. (Read more)

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How To Brew Tea With a Bowl and Spoon (In 7 Steps)

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Seeing for the first time tea brewed with a bowl and spoon might come as a surprise to tea enthusiasts who are fans of the Chinese tea ceremony - gong fu cha. It is a popular brewing method in Taiwan, used for brewing green teas and oolongs. (Read more)

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Tips For Cleaning Teaware

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Any tea advice blog you turn to will say the same thing. Never use soap to wash your teaware. This is absolutely correct. Soaps and detergents can impart unfavorable flavors on delicate teaware. Usually, a quick rinse with hot water should suffice. However, what about those times that our teaware needs a little extra cleaning? (Read more)

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