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    Good Ideas for the Proper Storage of Tea

    The very best way to store your dried teas is to keep them in an opaque container, making sure your container is food safe and does not have any impurities already in the container (wash and dry it very well before placing your dried tea leaves inside the container for storage). The best containers for storing tea are glazed ceramics, non-reactive metals and plastic containers which will not absorb smells or flavors. Do not store your teas in wooden containers or plastic sandwich bags as these will degrade the quality of the tea as well.

    Make sure that you have a tight seal on your tea storage container as well to keep the light, air, heat, odors and moisture out of your tea leaves. Good options for this include a double lid, odor-free silicone sealed lids, and multi-ply bags with “reusable zippers” that some companies, including Teavivre, use to package their tea. If you purchase tea from a vendor that doesn't use adequate packaging for their teas, resist the urge to continue using that packaging and transfer your tea into a proper tea storage container.

    Also it is a good idea to purchase teas in quantities that you know that you will drink quickly within a few years. Unless it is a properly stored and aged Pu-erh or aged Oolong, most other teas will go stale within 1-2 years after purchasing. Don't hold onto your old teas unless they are a properly stored aged Pu-erh or Oolong because all other teas will degrade over time. Obviously the better you store your teas, and the more you follow the guidelines laid out in this article, the longer your stored teas will last and remain fresh.

    Remember to store your teas in a place away from light and any strong odors, in a dark cabinet or completely opaque container, and keep your delicate scented and floral teas stored separately from your more strongly scented or flavored teas so that the lighter teas do not absorb any of the flavor or aroma of the stronger teas, and above all, keep your teas away from humidity. Vacuum sealing your teas is also another wonderful choice for storing them as long as it is in an opaque multi-ply bag.

    Following the guidelines in this article will help you to increase the life and quality of your teas, and preserve them for the best flavor, aroma and appearance as well as preserving their health benefits and homeopathic qualities.

    4 comments to Good Ideas for the Proper Storage of Tea

    • Teresa :


      Received the parcel in good condition. Very nice tea. All teas are fresh and fragrance. I used to drink coffee everyday, now change my coffee habit to tea. Feel refreshed and always imagined I was in tea gardens. Fall in love with the teas since traveling to Taiwan and China. Cannot get quality teas in malaysia except online. Will keep exploring variety of teas especially from china which attracted to the tea histories.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your appreciation.
      Hope you can learn more about the tea, and always enjoying our products.

    • Geun :


      I want to know how to preserve round puertea.
      Which is it better to erect it vertically or to lay it horizontally?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.
      Both of the 2 ways are ok. The environment is one of the most important condition to store the Pu-erh tea. And the container is important than the way you put the tea.
      Erect it vertically or lay it horizontally is depend on the container you have. If you have a good container with good environment, that would be enough.
      Hope it helps.

    • Rachel Overby :


      When my White Silver Tip tea arrives can I store it in the pouch from TeaVire in the freezer or just in a dark cabinet? Is there still snow there? or Is it being picked now? I am very excited to taste this exquisite white tea!

      Thank you,

      Rachel Overby

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thank you for your question.
      Fridge and freezer are not good choice for store black tea and white tea.
      For the white tea, Natural aging will make the white tea taste better, The ideal temperature to store the white tea is 4 ℃ -25 ℃.
      You can store the tea in a closed container, in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated.
      Hope it helps.

    • susan k stratton :


      Your tea is wonderful.
      It arrived safely, and I am drinking it as I write to you.
      Thank you.

      Sue Stratton

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hello Sue Stratton,

      I'm so glad to hear that the parcel you received in good condition, thanks for your appreciation.

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

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