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Cha he -- when entertaining do you use one? Care to share?

by futurebird » May 3rd, '13, 14:39

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Once again I'm brewing tea for some people! Yay! It's so much fun to pack up my stuff and go make a mess at someone eles's house! Well, and to talk and drink tea-- even with people who aren't as much of "tea heads" as I am.

So, do you use cha he?

Here are some:

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What is all this stuff? :?: What's that bead-thing?

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I don't like this one the leaves would fall off if you passed it around, but it shows that one could just use a little plate.

My friends enjoyed looking at the spent leaves last time... so, I'm toying with taking it up a notch-- but, I don't want it to be too fussy. we don't drink tea in a fussy way. It's a party.

Also, Is the cha he used in China or is it more from Taiwan?

If you have a cha he (or something that you use as one) that is really nice post a photo-- I need ideas.

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by wyardley » May 3rd, '13, 14:45

I like the "jockstrap" style best.

I don't always pass it around, but I do usually use one to put the leaves into before putting into a pot or gaiwan (if at work or just brewing for myself, I'll sometimes just use my hands or a piece of paper, though). For one thing, it is easier to funnel in, and for another, it avoids having your bag or tin of tea come in contact with a steamy brewing vessel.

You can also just use a small ramekin or condiment dish if you'd rather not be so fussy.

FWIW, I never put the spent leaves back in the cha he, just use it for the dry leaf.

I think it's used both in mainland China and in Taiwan.

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by Evan Draper » May 3rd, '13, 14:46

I just use a bamboo scoop, like this one--spurn monofunctionality, as Alton Brown says. I have a cheap mass market one, and one that was made by a friend.
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by tingjunkie » May 3rd, '13, 18:47

I actually use two different ceramic spoon rests. The circular groove for the handle of the spoon makes a great funnel for the tea leaves.

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by futurebird » May 3rd, '13, 19:10

tingjunkie wrote:I actually use two different ceramic spoon rests. The circular groove for the handle of the spoon makes a great funnel for the tea leaves.
Not a bad idea! I have a really nice one that's quite old from my greatgrandma...

But seriously can anyone tell me what the little bead-like object is? Also the pouch looks like the kind we use for matte de coca... it looks like it's from the Andes.

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by brandon » May 3rd, '13, 19:37

Practical: I often break off a few inch wide piece from a tea cake and then go about separating it into (roughly) single leaves before adding to the gaiwan. Doing this directly into the gaiwan yields a lot of dust and fannings in the brew. Doing it over a dish or piece of paper makes it pretty easy to add only the good stuff.

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by debunix » May 3rd, '13, 20:14

I'm looking for a cha he that I can use for photographing the tea--not too dark or too white or too shiny, just right for showing off the tea teaves--and that will be pratical for use too.

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by gingkoseto » May 3rd, '13, 20:51

White square 3" x 3" paper. I love it!
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I grabbed a pad of it from a lab (no idea what they use it for, maybe weighing paper) several years ago and wish to know where I could get more of it! It's white but not shiny or bleachy, thick enough but not clumsy or heavy, has nice cotton paper texture, great hand-feel, not slippery, won't get wrinkled easily, and the size is perfect! :o

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by Tobias » May 3rd, '13, 21:13

debunix wrote:I'm looking for a cha he that I can use for photographing the tea--not too dark or too white or too shiny, just right for showing off the tea teaves--and that will be pratical for use too.
I've been thinking of commissioning a chá hé from one of the teaware artisans, something with a darker glaze on the outside and a white on the inside.

I think a Petr or Greenwoodstudio shino would look nice or perhaps one of Petr's or Andrzej's black glazes?

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by yalokinh » May 3rd, '13, 23:13

Never really cared to spend the $10+ for one. don't really have a use for it, but they would add a little extra something when entertaining.

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by GreenwoodStudio » May 3rd, '13, 23:40

More on the way :) firing the wood kiln in 2 weeks!

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by wyardley » May 4th, '13, 03:04

Yeah, bamboo scoop works well for a number of uses! I have a similar one to the one pictured above, and use it all the time.

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by David R. » May 4th, '13, 10:12

Just received this one from darjeeling.cz :
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