- Tea Knowledge
For the Chinese classicist, perhaps wishing to engage in the storied art of landscape appreciation, as did generations of scholar-officials, this wide cup is glazed in a simple speckled white with a brown rim, then embellished with a blue landscape painting on its long circumference. Thicker walls mean one can admire the delicate and detailed painting on a daily basis, and it pairs well with neutral or similarly-embellished teaware, especially the alternate designs of the Tradition Cup and Symbolic Cup.
Why is the cup so small?
This cup is designed for the traditional Chinese tea preparation (gong fu cha). The tea is steeped for a short time in a small teapot and served in the tiny cups (cha bei).
The same leaves are infused multiple times, and the flavour changes with each infusion. This procedure maximises the aroma of the tea, revealing the subtle nuances.