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Tea Pets as a part of Gong Fu Cha

Discover the joy of tea pets, one that is steeped in ancient China and dates back hundreds of years. The ancient Chinese tea ceremony known as Gong Fu Cha or Kong Fu Cha involves the ritual preparation and presentation of tea and incorporates the use of tea pets. Dating back to 14th century China, this ceremony uses tea pets to bring good luck to the tea drinker. These tiny creatures are made mainly of Zisha (Yixing purple clay). This clay is porous and absorbs the natural oils from tea.

Caring For Your Pet

It is important to care for and feed your tea pet. During the gongfu tea ceremony, the pets are nourished by pouring leftover tea over them. This can be the hot water used to warm up the teaware, the water used to rinse the tea leaves, or any leftover steeped tea. It is believed that your tea pet will gradually develop a soul as more tea is poured on the creature. The tea pet will develop an aroma and color change if the clay is unglazed. Please take care of your tea pet similarly to a Yixing teapot. You may rinse it with water, but do not use soap or detergent.

Never Drink Tea Alone

To discover the joy of owning a tea pet means you will never drink tea alone because they are always there to keep you company. Many tea lovers have tea pets for good luck. These are most commonly pigs, toads, elephants, dragons, as well as certain Buddhist characters. There are many different tea pets, some relating to the animals associated with the Chinese Zodiac but the creations are endless. The most popular forms of tea pets are pig, dragon, dog, bird, and frog. Tea pets are as unique as the people who feed them.

Tea Pets A Companion for Your Tea Journey

What’s Your Zodiac Sign?

The Chinese have twelve zodiac signs, each of which is associated with different animals. Tea drinkers who own a tea pet will oftentimes choose the animal that corresponds to their birth year. For example, I was born in 1997, so my animal would be the ox. The characteristics of the ox according to the Chinese zodiac are strength, reliability, fairness, and conscientiousness. This we celebrate the year of the tiger. The Tiger is known as the king of all beasts in China. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness.

Tea Pets A Companion for Your Tea Journey
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If you are ready to discover the joy of tea pets and have one of your very own, you can choose one from our selection and learn about the meaning behind each one:

  • Rabbits represents good virtues such as kindness and grace
  • Deer represent a long life and wealth

Let us know in the comments, which tea pet you would choose!

Sources: https://www.teamuse.com/article_200814.html#:~:text=History,statues%20are%20typically%20left%20unglazed.

https://senchateabar.com/blogs/blog/yixing-teapot

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