Do you know gongfu cha? A Chinese tea introduction for beginners
You know, before I ever really got into tea, if you asked me about Chinese tea ceremony facts, I wouldn’t know what to tell you. Likewise, the expression gongfu cha might evoke a comment that no, I didn’t practice martial arts.
Gongfu cha — the Chinese tea ceremony
Gongfu cha, 工夫茶, is a Chinese tea ceremony which ritualizes the preparation and serving of tea. It might look complicated, but it’s not! The below Youtube video gives a really good demonstration of the basic gongfu cha Chinese tea ceremony:
You don’t need all of the fancy objects and materials seen in the video to do this, either! A bowl to catch water and a glass or pitcher to pour the tea into, as well as a teapot and cups are all you need. The ritualistic aspect of gongfu cha is calming and therapeutic, too. I find myself looking forward to it while at work during the week!
There are a ton of videos online showing the gongfu cha, as well as other, tea ceremonies. I’ll go into more detail of this, and other Chinese tea ceremonies (and other nationalities!) — Today was just an introduction to the lovely world of gongfu cha. Why not give it a try sometime?
And no, no martial art skills are required.