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It's All About Tea — teaware

Testubin: How to Use and Care for Your Japanese Tea Kettle

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In a previous blogpost we uncovered the secrets behind Tetsubin's history and production. Today, we are looking on the practical side of things. We'll provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to use your Japanese iron kettle. We'll also answer some of the most (and some not so) common questions that may arise in the process. 

Using a Tetsubin, the traditional Japanese tea kettle from cast iron involves a specific procedure to maintain its integrity and enhance its tea-brewing capabilities. Here's a step-by-step guide to properly use and care for your Tetsubin (Read More)

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Cast Iron Kettle Craft: Discovering the Tetsubin Tradition

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The Tetsubin, Japan's traditional cast iron kettle, is a cornerstone of the Japanese tea making ritual

The Tetsubin is an undeniable part of Japan's tea culture. With roots stretching back through centuries, this essential kettle has transcended its humble beginnings to become a celebrated piece of functional art. In this blogpost, we'll go through the history and origins of the Tetsubin. We'll explore the craftsmanship behind its creation, which has largely remained unchanged for centuries. We will also offer insights into how best to use and care for your Tetsubin, ensuring that it remains a treasured – and functional – part of your tea ritual. Embark with us as we explore the legacy of the Tetsubin and its significance in the art of making tea. (Read More)

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A Journey Through a Collector's Gongfu Tea Sanctuary

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A tea journey anywhere in Guangdong would not be complete without a visit dedicated to Gongfu tea culture and practice. Lucky for us, the 22-million megapolis of Shenzhen is not just near Chaozhou, the cradle of Gongfu tea. Many Chaozhou people moved there in the last four decades, making Shenzhen their new home. They have carried their culture and customs with them, establishing some of the most vibrant Gongfu tea communities in China and beyond. Currently, there are several tea associations, as well as a great number of tea companies and tea spaces originating from Chaozhou. They are engaged in the production and trade with Chaozhou-grown tea. At the same time, they promote and develop the Gongfu tea culture, shaping its new face and serving as a bridge between past and present times.

 

While in Shenzhen, we were lucky to meet with a notable figure in the Gongfu tea world, the president of the Chaoshan Tea Association in Shenzhen. Mr. Chen is a tea person who runs their own tea company and is a long-time collector of Gongfu tea culture artifacts and memorabilia. In an effort to preserve and pass on the legacy of his Chaoshan predecessors, he has turned his tea space into a private museum dedicated to Gongfu tea culture. (Read More)

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Yixing Teapots Guide: Handmade vs. Half-handmade

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When it comes to enhancing our tea experience, the vessel we use plays a pivotal role. If you've spent some time exploring the modern tea culture, you've likely come across ZiSha teapots, aka Yixing clay teapots. These teapots, hailing from the Yixing region of China (hence the name), have made quite the name for themselves among Gong Fu Cha enthusiasts. They're favored not just for their aesthetic appeal but primarily for the way they make our tea taste. It's like the difference between listening to music on a regular speaker and a high-quality sound system. 

If you've dabbled in the market for one of these, you might've stumbled upon a distinction that isn't immediately clear: fully handmade Yixing teapots versus half-handmade. What does that even mean? And more importantly, does it affect your brewing? Let's delve into the specifics and nuances of these teapots and see if we can demystify this for you. Whether you're a Gong Fu Cha practitioner or someone just beginning to explore the vast world of tea, this is something worth understanding. (Read more)

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Tea's True Taste: The Baseline and Beyond With Teaware Choices

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Ah, the vibrant world of tea, where passionate drinkers delve deep into the intricacies of their beloved brews. One could easily get lost for hours, scrolling through forum posts and group discussions, reading about the best teapots, the ideal cups, and the recommended ways to experience various teas. "You must get a silver tea set!" one person asserts, while another swears by the transformative powers of a ZiNi or ZhuNi clays. And yet another passionately vouches for the unique characteristics of DuanNi. Recommendations, as abundant as the tea leaves themselves, flow freely in the tea community. So, where does one begin? 

Our exploration will navigate through the vast landscape of tea, from the untainted flavors of loose leaf tea to the nuanced changes in taste achieved by brewing in various teaware. From porcelain's pure embrace to ZiSha's memory and the elegance of a silver tea set – there's a world waiting to be discovered (Read more)

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