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The Effects of Clay on Loose Leaf Tea

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The Effects of Clay on Loose Leaf Tea

When choosing the right teaware for our tea ceremony, we may be faced with a common pondering. Porcelain or glazed stoneware? Or perhaps a non-glazed ceramic material like Yixing clay? Ultimately there exist many different types of clay, and on top of that, glazes that influence the final look of the teaware and even the taste of tea. 

 

This post will discuss all ceramic teaware and how its unique composition can alter the final tea drinking experience. You can use this guide to choose the right teaware for yourself or friends or simply get acquainted with the different pottery styles. (Read more)

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All About Blanc De Chine (Dehua Porcelain)

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All About Blanc De Chine (Dehua Porcelain)
Blanc De Chine Porcelain is a style of Chinese pottery. Blanc De Chine translates from French as "White from China." It is known as Dehua Porcelain in China. This porcelain style originated in Dehua, Fujian province, China, during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). (Read more)

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Gong Fu Cha With A Gaiwan

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Gong Fu Cha With A Gaiwan
Many Gong Fu tea brewers divide into two categories: the ones who prefer to only use gaiwan; and the ones who stick with the trusty dusty teapot. Of course, there's also a third category — those who use both. We see ourselves as the third category. 

When using the gaiwan some things which may be intimidating are the hot water temperature and the unusual way of gripping this tea vessel. Sure, using a teapot will usually ensure that your fingers don't get burned. However, if you follow the steps to properly using a gaiwan, the chances of burning yourself are just as minimal as with a teapot! (Read more)

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The History Of Ru Yao Porcelain Teaware

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The History Of Ru Yao Porcelain Teaware

The story of the teapot in China begins at the same time as does the story of Chinese porcelain. During the Song Dynasty. Henan was the cultural and economic center of the Song Empire, and much importance was placed on improving the arts during the time. Hence, during the Song Dynasty, many pottery kilns were built, and the craft of porcelain ware was perfected. (Read more)

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Tips For Cleaning Teaware

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Tips For Cleaning Teaware
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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