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    The Storage of Tea

    The proper storage of tea is of the utmost importance, as tea which is improperly stored will go stale or rancid much faster, or can accumulate impurities that both alter the flavor and aroma and can also harm the body.  Therefore it is very important to learn how to properly store your teas so that they remain as fresh, clean and flavorful as possible.

    There are five things which teas are vulnerable to: light, air, heat, odors and moisture.  These five things will rapidly make your stored teas go bad.

    Dark Place

    avoid sunlightYour teas should always be stored in a dark place. Never use glass or clear jars to store as sunlight or UV rays will degrade your tea very quickly. If you must use a glass jar, be sure to keep it in a dark cabinet where the light cannot reach it. Sun can also bleach out the teas, making the flavor and aroma almost non-existent. Remember when storing your tea that keeping them in a dark environment is a top priority.


    Air is another enemy of tea, as air flow around your stored tea leaves will increase the chances that the tea leaves will absorb moisture and unpleasant odors from the air.  Avoid leaving dry leaves laying out, or in packaging with excess air inside the bag, or storing your tea leaves in any porous material such as a resealable zipper package or container.

    Please note that puerh is an exceptional.  Pu-erh tea should be stored well above ground level and be given good ventilation.


    Heat exposure will quickly ruin good tea as well.  Avoid keeping your teas stored in sunlight or near heat sources such as stoves, ovens, or other warm places.  Heat can degrade the quality of the tea, removing flavor and aroma, and increasing the chance that your tea will take on moisture.

    Away from Strong Odors

    Stored teas are also very vulnerable to odors, which can be useful when creating teas such as Jasmine Dragon Pearl green tea, because the tea leaves absorb the fragrance and are infused with the odor of jasmine very easily.  However this tendency for tea leaves to easily absorb the odors placed near them means that you should also keep your teas stored safely away from areas in your home with strong odors, such as spice cabinets, trash cans, refrigerators and other areas which contain odors which the teas can absorb easily.

    Away from Moisture

    avoid moistureMoisture is the worst enemy of tea and can ruin an entire batch of it within minutes. Dried tea leaves are considered shelf stable because they are completely dry. Unfortunately dry leaves absorb moisture from the air very easily and quickly. Therefore, it is important that you keep your dried tea leaves away from humid areas in your home, boiling water, and other sources of moisture such as above a dishwasher vent or inside a refrigerator. Keep it far away from moisture until you are ready to brew the tea leaves, or the moisture will cause molding, caking and other unpleasant results.

    10 comments to The Storage of Tea

    • Debra Bottomley :


      Dr Oz said : Oolong tea has a special ability to help sharpen you mind and ability to help your memory is there any studies on this?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thank you for your question
      We are a group of tea lovers, who all share a passion for drinking tea and appreciate the healthy lifestyle it brings. Many research and studies show that several components of oolong tea have positive effect on heath. include benefit brain function.
      caffeine can increase the release of norepinephrine and dopamine. These two brain messengers are thought to benefit mood, attention and brain function.
      Flavonoids are antioxidants that have a host of health benefits. It can exert beneficial effects in the central nervous system by protecting neurons against stress induced injury, promoting synaptic plasticity, memory and cognitive function.
      theanine, an amino acid in tea, may also help boost attention, relieve anxiety and improve cognition.
      Hope it helps.



      hi i have 15 5gx52 bags of oolong tea, i need to store it. what is the best way to store it over the next year use. can i freeze it. it is all in airtight bags please help nanettebartels

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hi Nanettebartels,
      There are five things which teas are vulnerable to: light, air, heat, moisture, and odor.
      Due to your teas all in airtight bags . you can keep it in a cool, dark place away from light, heat . it's a good choice to keep it in freezer compartment if you want to store it for more than one year.
      Please be noted that,you'd better check it carefully to make sure the tea is sealed before you put it in a refrigerator,because it will expose your tea to moisture and odors from the other foods kept in the refrigerator.
      Hope this is helpful to your concern.

    • May :


      How about flowers for teas (not blooming/flowering tea), is the storage method the same?
      How long do they usually last, does putting in the fridge helps?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      Please make sure that your tea is far away from light, air, heat, odors and moisture when stored. Generally, the shelf life for flowers, such as rose, Chrysanthemum, Jasmine, is 18 months.

      A Refrigerator is okay for storage, please note that, the tea must be carefully sealed before you put it in a refrigerator, because it will expose your tea to moisture and odors from the other foods kept in the refrigerator.

      Hope it helps.

    • Jami :


      So I bought loose tea when I was pregnant with my daughter over 3 years. It was a special blend for pregnancy and I have no idea what it was but we are looking to get pregnant again and I was wondering if I could use the left over this time around. I have stored it in a plastic oxo container inside a pantry.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      Before you drink this loose tea, here are some elements that may give you a help to judge a tea whether go stale:

      Appearance: Become mildewed and have a stale taste. If your tea has one of these characteristics, it means go bad.
      Brewed Tea Color: The appearance of tea turns red, and its tea liquid become brown and dark, these mean the tea go stale.
      Taste: Stale tea has a hint of slightly grassy, bitter and sour taste.

      If you store properly and keep it in a dry place, the stale tea can also drink, it's just not as good as fresh ones. I noticed that this was special blend for pregnancy, so here I kindly suggest you considering buying a new one.

      Hope it’s helpful.

    • protiva Rani das :


      Hi, I am working with dried green tea extraction. I need to store my green tea sample for a long time. I packed it airtight aluminium bag and kept at refrigerate. Is it Ok?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, that’s okay. Please be noted that, the tea must be carefully sealed before you put it in a refrigerator, because it will expose your tea to moisture and odors from the other foods kept in the refrigerator.

      Hope it’s helpful.

    • paul :


      I Have large amount of Soursop fresh Leave in my Farm Land. which i want to be export as dry Leaf tea to abroad.I was suggest if Paper Tube will be the best storage for Dry Leave tea 1 or 2 years storage? Please i need your help. Thank

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      There are five enemies that you should keep them away when storing the tea: light, air, heat, odors and moisture. Please make sure that the tool you choose is air tight and put them in a dry and cool place. Then your tea will be well stored without lose it original flavor.

      Hope it’s helpful for you.

    • Rumaisa Nordin :



      I have an experiment that dealing with fermented tea even before the drying stage...I was wondering what will be the best storage for keeping the fermented tea in good condition because I have to transport the fermented tea around 4 hours before reaching my laboratory

      Thank you

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hi Rumaisa,
      Thank you for your question.
      There are several kinds of fermented teas. White tea, black tea, oolong teas and ripened puerh teas.
      Considering the you only need to keep the tea for 4 hours, I think it is ok that you keep the tea in a sealed tea tin, and put in a dry place.
      For long term storage, you'd better keep oolong teas in refrigerator.
      And I'm sorry that I haven't stored the tea before drying, I think I can't provide professional advice on this issue.
      Hope this is helpful to your concern.

    • Dan DeWitt :


      I have large amounts of Darjeeling and Jasmie loose leaf tea (2#/ea) and need to store the extra # of each. Will it keep in a refrigerator in a proper container? It was shipped in thick brown paper bags. Can I put the unopened paper bags in a plastic food storage bag and store in the refrigerator or woudl the pantry be a better place?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hi Dan,
      Thank you for your question.
      To store the unopened jasmine tea, you can put the paper bags in the plastic food bags, and then store them in the refrigerator away from odor. This is good for keep jasmine tea. And for the opened jasmine tea, you'd better store them in a reseal bag or a tea tin, and then put it in the refrigerator.
      As for Darjeeling, I'm sorry that I don't know much about it. However, it is a Black tea, so i think you don't need to store it in the refrigerator. You just need to keep it from odor, that's enough. Maybe pantry is a good place.
      Hope this is helpful to your concern.

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