Gong Fu Cha is a method of brewing tea that is often confused with the Chinese Wedding tea ceremony. This is much different. Gongfu translates to “Kung Fu,” which doesn’t mean that there is fighting taking place between the tea brewer, the leaves, or anyone else in the room. Kung Fu also refers to such things as effort, skill, and art, which translates well to this unique ceremony.
Gong Fu Cha involves the artist using a long pot to pour hot steaming water onto the awaiting tea leaves. A long pot is a traditional Chinese teapot, often made of copper, that has an extended spout. The performer will spin their kettle in a series of fluid movements and then pour steaming water from the long pot into awaiting cups, often from a distance, while holding rigid poses.