It's All About Tea — teaware

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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Taking Care Of Your Yixing Teapot (5 Easy Steps)

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Taking Care Of Your Yixing Teapot (5 Easy Steps)
Learning the sophisticated art of gong fu cha, we begin to understand the subtleties involved. First, we learn that tea is alive. And only by treating tea properly, preparing it the way it deserves, we are granted an impeccable, sweet, and aromatic brew.

Then we learn about teaware. We understand how to take care of the teaware — with care and never using dish soap. Gently drying after each use. We also learn that teaware is alive, particularly the clay from which the teaware is made.

A Yixing teapot is not just about the clay's porosity, the way it looks, the name, or even the way it makes your tea taste. It is all about the way you take care of it. If not correctly taken care of, a Yixing teapot is just about as useful as a run-of-the-mill ceramic teapot. (Read more)

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