It could not have been more than a few weeks after I arrived in Taiwan that I was granted the pleasure of experiencing my first Kung Fu Tea Ceremony. Unlike the standard grab-and-go cup of tea or your cup of java (coffee) with that morning newspaper, the Kung Fu Tea Ceremony takes on a life of it's own.
To explain all the intricacies and fine detail that go into the perfect ceremony would take many pages to explain, so I will simply touch upon a few of the highlights that make this experience something to be cherished and repeated many times.
The Ceremony begins with the set up and display of the tools and other such items that will be used during the preparation and consumption of the tea. The equipment used to make the perfect cup (or two, three, etc.) of tea is cared for with the utmost integrity and respect and is brought to the table in pristine condition.
Once the table has been set guests are welcomed by their host (or in some cases by their Tea Master) to sit down and make themselves comfortable. At that point the 'Master' will prepare the tea using a very methodical and rehearsed method to ensure that each and every cup is made to perfection.
While I have had the enjoyment of producing hundreds of great tasting cups of various flavours of tea, I have yet to produce one that comes anywhere near what a 'tea master' brews for his 'students'. Still, I enjoy inviting my dear friends and strangers alike to spend afternoons and evenings exploring this wonderful world of tea either in the park or in someone's home. I call them Tea Outings but you can call them whatever you like.
Our next Tea Outing will take place in Taichung City, Taiwan, on June 29th, 2013. If you find yourself traveling through this fantastic City and would like to sample some of the tea that I enjoy sharing, feel free to send along an email for all the details.
I hope that you find a comfortable and relaxing way to enjoy your tea, your way.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”