These handmade teapots are superior to all other types for brewing tea. The special zisha clay (containing iron, quartz and mica, and found only in Yixing) from which they are made absorbs the delicate flavors of the tea and the teapot becomes more seasoned with each use. Average dimensions: Capacity 10 oz., Height 5", Length 6"
Platform (cha chen)
A platform for the teapot while preparing gongfu tea. Overflow tea and water drains into the cha chen. A cha chen is an alternative arrangement to using a cha chuan (tea boat) and teapot stand. Average dimensions: Capacity 1500 ml, Height 7.5 cm, Width 21 cm
|Tea Boat (cha
chuan) & Teapot Stand
It's pale green with crackled glaze. Average dimensions: Capacity 600 ml, Height 5 cm, Length 17.5 cm
Vessel (cha hai)
It literally means "tea sea", and is used to describe a wide variety of ceramic and porcelain serving vessels. The use of a cha hai adds flexibility to the gongfu tea process, freeing the server from necessarily pouring from the teapot directly into the guests' cups. Average dimensions: Capacity 175-275 ml, Height 8 cm, Width 8 cm
There are two types of teacups used in gongfu tea, the aroma cup and the drinking cup. The aroma cup is the taller of the two, and is where the tea is initially poured by the host. The guest then pours the tea into the drinking cup, then smells from the newly emptied aroma cup. The aroma remaining in the cup smells noticeably different from both the aroma of the tea in the cup and that of the dry leaves, and changes subtly as the cup cools. The guest then drinks from the drinking cup. Average dimensions: Capacity: 50 ml, Height 6 cm (aroma), Length 12 cm (tray)
These cups are quite versatile. They may be used in place of a teapot, as a combination brewing/drinking vessel, or simply as a drinking cup. They are the preferred implement of many for brewing teas with delicate flavors, such as green teas, but are suitable for any type of tea.
Water bowls, called shui fang, are receptacles for used tea leaves and waste water.
Dish (cha he)
Used to both display dry tea leaves and to funnel them into the teapot. Qing dynasty flower pattern. Average dimensions: Height 4 cm, Length 11 cm
| Wooden Tea
Prominent wood grain, glossy finish.
color: dark brown Average dimensions: Height 1.5 cm, Length 19.5 cm
| Utensil Set
4-piece set includes bamboo scraper, tongs, scoop, and stand with calligraphy.
color: natural bamboo
For brushing teapot exterior to remove spots from water and tea. Natural bristles.
color: cream, Length 17 cm
Steaming teapot calligraphy. Average dimensions: Height 31 cm, Length 31 cm.
Plastic stand allows water to drain through, preventing uneven patina develpment on teapot exterior. Average dimensions: Height 2.5 cm, Length 10.5 cm