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China Tea ep. 9 – Tea Table/Tray and Tea Cup – Sunday Tea Book – Sip-a-long – Qian Liang Cha 2012

Tea Tables

The tea table may not be the most remarkable part of a tea set, but is very important. Though it always plays a supporting role, it’s actually essential, providing a stage for the teapot, teacup, and serving pot to perform a play of tea culture.


Tea tables are the base for the teapot, teacup, serving pot, and tea pets. It holds the water that spills or pours as a result of the tea brewing process.


Qian Liang Cha 2012


Dry Leaf: light mushroom, antique wood
Wet Leaf: charcoal, wet wood and fresh hay
Liquor Colour: cloudy copper
Liquor Aroma: slight mushroom
Flavour: brisk, watermelon rind, wood, comforting – complex
Mouth Feel: bright and full

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There are various sizes (big or small), shapes (square, circle, rectangle, fan), layers (single or multilayer). There are also many different materials. Metal, wood, bamboo, and pottery all can be made into tea tables. Metal ones are the most simple yet durable, while bamboo ones are the best match in terms of character. There are also wooden tea tables, for example, ebony.


Despite the many styles, there are 4 key elements when it comes to choosing a tea table: wide, flat, shallow, smooth. Wide means the tea table is wide, so that it’s easy to use even when there are many people. Flat means the surface should be flat and even so the teacup will be stable, less likely to spill. The edge of the tea table should be shallow with a simplistic design, and the water flow of the tea table should be smooth and fluid. All of these are for accentuating the teapots and teacups on the tea table with beautiful yet practical design.


  1. When using a single-layered tea table, you’ll need to connect a hose to the tea-table so that the water can flow off of the tea table surface to a waster water bucket.
  2. Multiple layer tea tables are also known as double-layer tea tables. The top layer has holes or a grid, allowing the water to flow down to the bottom layer where the wastewater can be stored. Because the water storage space is limited, be sure to pour out and clean the bottom layer regularly to prevent overflow.
  3. When moving the tea table, be sure to take off all the accessories sitting on top to prevent breakage (of teaware and heart).
  4. If the tea table is made with wood or bamboo, wipe it with a dry cloth after use.


A lovely teacup pleases the tea lovers’ mood. A big cup is satisfying, but a small cup for tasting preserves the aroma in the empty cup, also very enjoyable.


Teacup, also known as pin ming bei (tea tasting cup), is used to drink tea.


Various materials are used for teacups, like pottery, porcelain, Zisha, and glass. There are also various shapes such as douli (asian bamboo hat shape), half ball, bowl shape, etc.


Different tea requires different teacups. For example, in order to observe the liquor color of Pu’er, it’s better to choose white or light color teacups. We must also consider the shape of the teapot when choosing teacups to ensure that the whole tea set is elegant.


  1. When tasting the tea, the thumb and index finger gently grasp the cup. The middle finger supports the bottom of the cup and the ring finger and pinky stays inward.
  2. Some cups have a matching saucer, some are used alone.
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