Funnel Mill

Cha Tao Chinese Tea Ceremonyin Los Angeles


Cha Tao Chinese Tea Ceremony, the art of serving and drinking tea, plays a major cultural role in China and Taiwan. Funnel Mill, located in Los Angeles, continues to uphold this tradition. It inspires poetry and songs. A mutual love of tea can cement lifelong friendships. For centuries, the ritual of preparing and serving tea has held a special place in the hearts and minds of Chinese aristocracy, court officials, intellectuals, poets and everyday people.

Cha Tao is the traditional Chinese tea ceremony that has been practiced for over a thousand years. Unlike the Japanese tea ceremony, Cha Tao emphasizes the taste of tea, rather than the ritual itself. Because of this, practitioners are meticulous when it comes to growing, firing, preserving, brewing, and presenting tea. They value not only the tea’s fragrance and flavor, but its overall experience as well. They are aware of the subtleties that affect the taste of the tea, such as the region that it comes from or the round of brewing.

This is Funnel Mill’s Philosophy

We scrupulously prepare your tea in its traditional method so that you can enjoy the most flavorful, perfect cup of tea possible. In China, it is a tradition to offer tea as a symbol of hospitality. We strive to maintain this practice by ensuring that our guests always feel at home, regardless of whether or not they order tea.

Cha Tao Ceremony

Cha Tao Ceremony

Unfortunately, the art of Cha Tao is slowly being forgotten in today’s fast-paced technology-driven lifestyle. Our goal is to preserve this tradition by offering the Cha Tao ceremony for small groups as our guests. The cost is $70.00 per person, plus the cost of the teas. Please note that this service is available by appointment only.

This is a great way to try several of our teas and learn about their characteristics. Teas are tasted from light to dark, so usually our guests select one each from White, Green, Jasmine, Oolong, and Black tea. We can also help in your selection.

Funnel Mill Rare Coffee & Tea

930 Broadway, Ste A
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fri
9am - 6pm
10am - 5pm

Phone: (310) 393 -1617