Bamboo Root Tea Scoop

A unique ornate tea scoop made from the knotted root of a piece of bamboo. Great for picking up loose leaf teas with long, delicate leaves.

$25.00

6 in stock


This unusual ornate tea scoop is artfully constructed from the root of a piece of bamboo. As no two pieces of bamboo grow in exactly the same way at the root, each scoop is unique in shape and texture. The knotted root end of the scoop provides a handhold with fascinating visual and tactile detail. Bamboo is one of the most common materials used to make tea accessories, and grows abundantly all across China.

Tea utensils are used for convenient and clean tea service accompanied by beauty and grace. Tea scoops are one of the most common utensils, with the long scoop shape making it easy to pick up loose leaf teas with long, delicate leaves.

A Brief History of Tea Preparation

The Chinese were the first to gather and use tea as an herbal back to 4,500 years ago. Back then, tea was pickled and used as a vegetable to accompany rice. Tea became popular as a beverage about 1,250 years ago during the Tang Dynasty. With its growing popularity, people began to create utensils to help during tea service. Utensils during the Tang Dynasty were still very simple. Tea was cooked into a large cast iron pot of boiling water. A scoop was used for serving tea and for scooping water into the pot. Metal chopsticks were used to add charcoal to the fire. Tea bowls were used for drinking, and a grinder was used to grind tea into rice size particles to boil. Tea culture became very rich during the Song Dynasty, about 900 years ago. More detailed utensils were invented for an intricate service. This could have included about 20 or more tools. 600 years ago, the Chinese stopped compressing all the tea into cakes and began drinking loose leaf tea. The utensils changed a lot during this period. This was the beginning of infusing tea, rather than boiling the leaves. About 450 years ago, black tea, wulong tea, and white tea were invented. Every region’s utensils changed based upon what tea they made.