The tea board is the foundation of gongfu tea, and this is solid foundation indeed, formed from a beautiful piece of hewn stone. The choice of material is a critical piece of the overall balance of a gongfu set up, and stone brings in a sense of groundedness, while reflecting on the rocky textural complexity of fine tea. The stormy grey of this board turns dark and lustrous as hot water is poured over it, and the water flows down the channel along the edges to drain to maintain a clean modern look. For modern gongfu ceremony, cap the drain with the included cap and the board works as a stunning tea boat.
weight : 2830 g
length : 41 cm
width : 19 cm
height : 4 cm
drain : with tube and pump
material : natural stone and wood
TEA BOARD CARE & CLEANING
This Xiangfu Workshop tea board is a convertible gongfu tea board, and can be used either as a tea boat for modern gongfu style or – if used with the included draining tube – this board can be used as a traditional draining tea board.
Empty this board of all tea and leaves after use, and allow the board dry completely between sessions.
Do not leave wet overnight. Leaving boards wet for extended periods of time can cause a board to warp or crack, and standing water may become unhygienic.
If using as a tea boat, do not overfill the board or leave standing water on the tray for extended periods of time.
If using as a draining tea tray, make sure the water tube is firmly affixed to the draining spigot. Use a water-tight container to catch the water coming out of the tube. Use the tube on its own, or cut your tube just below the edge of your table, and insert the pump between the two cut ends of the tube. Squeeze the pump to encourage water to begin draining down the tube.
Hand wash with warm, soapy water and a gentle sponge, or use a melamine sponge on the stone to remove surface tea stains and water marks.