Topic: gongfu tea sets

Can anyone suggest any quality gongfu tea sets that you can buy online?

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I don't know what exactly you're looking for, but I would generally stay away from most kinds of sets. Can you give us a better idea of what you're looking for?

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Traditionally there is an yixing teapot (some prefer a teaboat under it), that is preferably made of high quality clay, and handmade, and the teacups that are small and preferably made of jingdezhen porcelain, and a teakettle (this part`s quality is often overlooked even by serious tea drinkers), I believe the Cha Hai (if you use one) and the tea cups should not be of the same material so there is no such thing as a gong fu teaset, rather I would compose my teaset from diffrent sources to my liking, so I suggest buying a great yixing teapot and some cups and practice directly pouring alternatively into the teacups until you master it so that the flavour is the same in all teacups, this is done by a continuous motion, so place the cups close to each other.

4 (edited by travisjd 2009-06-22 04:04:07)

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william wrote:

I don't know what exactly you're looking for, but I would generally stay away from most kinds of sets. Can you give us a better idea of what you're looking for?

Well to be specific, a good gaiwan, pitcher and tea tray.  I have a nice zisha and tetsubin.

There aren't too many places to get these around here that I know of (upstate new york), so I've been looking around online, and wanted to know if anyone had any information about reputable online shops.

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Gaiwan - The Tea Gallery, Red Blossom Tea

My own tea tray is from Red Blossom, they also have two pitchers.
I much prefer the Tea Gallery gaiwans, having owned a few examples of both.

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How far upstate are you?  I'm in Albany.

I'd second the tea gallery gaiwans, although they're not cheap.  It kinda depends on the budget you're working with. 

For tea tray I'd actually suggest getting a cheaper, rather than a more expensive one, unless you want to get one of those really heavy duty ones.  My experience is that under heavy usage, the bamboo stuff will always spring a leak after a year or two (at least in the heated environment of North America), so there's really no good reason to pay too much for those.  If you want longevity, I'd actually go for one with a plastic tray for catching the water.

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I guess what I was saying before is that overall, I'd avoid buying matched sets (though sometimes for porcelain they can be a good deal).

Thirding Tea Gallery gaiwans, and they sell cups individually for like $4 each in a couple different shapes (made from the same porcelain). Plain white never goes out of style, and if you buy a bunch of cups, maybe they'll cut you a deal. The smallest gaiwan is indispensable, and it's hard to find a well-made thin gaiwan of this size.

Hou De and http://jingteashop.com both have some good porcelain as well. So does Best Teahouse, who carries a bunch of the  but prices aren't high and you'd have to call (Canada branch is probably easiest to deal with).

The Lin's trays that Hou De sells are among the better ones as far as bamboo trays, but I don't know if they have them anymore, and they're not cheap either.

8 (edited by RTea 2009-06-23 07:19:02)

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I like Red Blossom, they're good people.  One of my celedon gaiwan sets is from Teance, although I don't see them selling any more of them online (might be worth emailing, though). 

The bamboo tea trays do indeed spring a leak quite easily, so if you can, a light bead of clear caulk to the bottom of the tray is an easy preventative measure.  I saw a small bamboo tray on Tea Habitat's site that is on sale for $17.  I got mine for $30 from a different place a while back and thought that was a fair price in the US, so $17 seems like a great deal.

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Not sure if this is exactly what your looking for but Teasping has a gaiwan set, which is a 100ml gaiwan, an aroma cup, and a gongfu cup.  Its rather inexpensive, but gets the job done.