The Future of Chinese Tea Ceremony

Where is Gongfu Cha going? It is inarguably a dying art; while tea is resurgently popular, tea ceremony is a niche praxis practiced by few, mastered by fewer, and insufficiently culturally-prevalent to support the related arts necessary for its progression. Whereas the practice and consumption of tea historically supported innovations in tea farming, tea ceramics, and tea metallurgy[1], it is likely that today’s shrinking practitioner base maintains an insufficient level of education necessary to sustain the praxis or allow for its progression.