Andao Wooden Tea Tray | Tea For Me Please: Andao Wooden Tea Tray

Friday, October 10, 2008

Andao Wooden Tea Tray

Andao Tea
I tend to be a bit accident prone so when I ordered my first gaiwan, I knew I would need something to catch the inevitable spills. This tea tray is one of my favorite tea accessories and I always use it when serving tea for guests so that I have a chance to show it off. It is made of bamboo and has a fairly dark stain. The thing I like most about it is the depth of color. It can appear differently depending on the lighting in the room. Its beauty is in its simplicity. Compared to many of the trays available, it was also relatively inexpensive. As a tea newbie, I am always on the look out for inexpensive but high quality tea ware.

I have found this tray to be easy to clean and extremely durable. A rub with a soft towel quickly eliminates any water spots or tea stains. I have accidentally left tea in it and it suffered no ill effects. After months of almost constant use, it still looks as good as it did the day I received it. I have heard that bamboo trays can have issues with leaks and cracking but I have never had any problems. I love avoiding the usual clean up duties, all I have to do is empty the tray when I am done. It also saves my hands from having to carry extremely hot cups of tea.