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TRADITIONS & UTENSILS

  

 

 

  tea bricks

 

China

Tea bricks are dried tea compressed into easily transportable and storable blocks. In the past those were usually square in form, but now they are most commonly disc-shaped.

 

These bricks, in a store in Kunming, are of the brand Ma Bang Cha (马帮茶), literally ‘Horses Assisting the Tea, which alludes to Cha Ma Dao, i.e. the ancient Tea Horse Road’ (fig.).

 

  tea bricks