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This guide is meant to answer some questions you may have about tea as well as give a practical framework for tea preparation and tea study. As there is no one correct way to approach your tea practice, this will probably all seem unnecessarily long-winded. Well, so be it. If you want to be Given the proverbial fish, maybe just start with a YouTube search for gongfu tea. (I mean that earnestly, by the way, not dismissively.) Here I am concerned with teaching you How to fish. This guide will be ever evolving and eventually populated with useful pictures and...

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Here at Spiritwood we have specific rules for how to spell the many names, places, and tea words that we borrow from Chinese. This document is a reference for our spelling system as well as a basic pronunciation guide.    Did you know that the English word Tea comes from the Min language of Southern China? Dutch traders borrowed "Thee" after arriving in Taiwan in 1624. The Mandarin word for tea is cha, and it is Mandarin that most Chinese tea words come to us from.   茶 = chá   Let's look at this word, chá. All Mandarin Chinese words can...

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