Product Name: Chaozhou Water Heating Charcoal
No.1 ) Olive
No.2 ) Longan
No.3 ) Black Olive
No.5) Cooper Chopstick
No.6 ) Pottery Tray
Size of Tray: (for holding charcoal)
Outer diameter 15.3cm,
Inner diameter 14.3cm,
This is a 500g bag of specialty charcoal, a traditional fuel choice for heating water in the Chaozhou Gongfu tea ceremony. The charcoal comes in various forms, such as Olive, Black Olive, Longan, and Walnut Shell, each selected for their high-quality burn and ability to impart a subtle aroma that can enhance the overall tea experience.
For optimal use, it is advised to place a small amount of Longan charcoal atop the other varieties when lighting. Longan charcoal is known for its long burn time and consistent heat, making it an excellent base for the fire. Its gentle heat is particularly suitable for the precise temperature control needed in Gongfu brewing, ensuring that the water is heated to the perfect temperature without boiling too vigorously, which can affect the quality of the tea.
Using natural charcoal such as this not only connects the tea brewer to the traditional roots of Gongfu tea but also provides a more natural and nuanced way to heat water compared to electric kettles. The ritual of lighting and maintaining the charcoal fire adds an element of mindfulness to the tea preparation process, enhancing the ceremonial aspect of Gongfu tea.
Included with the charcoal are accessories such as cooper chopsticks and a pottery tray, which are essential tools for handling and containing the charcoal safely and elegantly. The cooper chopsticks are used for precisely placing and adjusting the charcoal, while the pottery tray serves as a heat-resistant base, ensuring that the high temperatures do not damage the tea table or other surfaces.
Whether for personal use or as a unique gift for a tea enthusiast, this charcoal set is an indispensable component of an authentic Chaozhou Gongfu tea ceremony, offering a traditional approach to savoring tea that is both artful and sensory.
It arrived much quicker than I expected and it’s lovely charcoal, thanks so much!