Gongfu Style Tea
East East Arts invites you to experience tea as a connoisseur's art form. Chinese gongfu tea is the fine art of tasting and appreciating tea. The Chinese characters for gongfu signify a skill that is developed to the highest level of mastery. The English equivalent of the phrase gongfu cha translates as "the making of an excellent cup of tea."
Unlike the Japanese tea ceremony, which is perhaps more well-known in the West, the Chinese approach to presenting tea is less procedurally oriented; the gongfu tea ceremony emphasizes an appreciation for the taste, flavour, and spirit of tea.
Our basic tasting session introduces you to the four major categories of tea (white, green, oolong, and black), with side-by-side tastings that help you develop a palate for premium grade teas. You also learn the steps to prepare and serve gongfu tea for guests. Included in the session are healthy teahouse snacks.
There is a maximum of 6 people for one our tasting sessions.
Price per person for Private Tea Tasting Sessions:
Option 1: $40.00
Includes 2-3 hour tasting session with dim sum snacks and take-home tea sampler
Option 2: $75.00
Includes Option 1 description, plus Yixing gongfu teapot with two cups
Please note that our private tea tasting sessions are available May-October at Harbour Lights Guest House, in North Lake Harbour, PEI. Tea tasting sessions are by reservation only.
Call or email us
to arrange a session. We are always happy to customize tea tastings to your needs. (For example, we can focus upon a single category of tea, such as oolong, green, or black teas. Let us know your preference.)
"Tea Sipping Garden"
First sip of tea wakes you and clears your mind to receive the beauty of the world.
Second Sip of tea releases your spirit, like flowers floating to the ground.
Third sip of tea opens you to the essence of the Tao and quiets the burdens of the world.