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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.

    Airtight

    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.

    Hypothermia

    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.

    16 comments to The Storage of Tea

    • Anna :

      1/31/2017

      Hi, how should I store black teabags if I want it to be good for over a year past best by date? Should I remove from original packaging (box) and put it in airtight bags (I have a vacuum seal)? Should I freeze or not? Thanks!

    • TeaVivre response:

      2/3/2017


      Thanks for your question.

      Generally, black tea needs to store in an airtight, opaque packaging, and keep in cool, dry place. So, it's better to store the teabags in the vacuum seal.

      Besides, I recommend you'd better finish it before the expiry time, because the taste and flavor would be the best before it.

      Hope it helps, and if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

    • Patricia :

      1/5/2017

      Hi! I just bought a big batch of my favorite tea as it has been discontinued so I want to keep it as long as possible. I noticed that depending on the tea, you suggested different methods (aka freezer or fridge). I bought white flavored tea and black flavored tea. I was thinking about air sealing it in a ziploc bag and then putting that bag in an air sealed metal container. Then I figured I would put it in the fridge or freezer. Is the sealed plastic a good idea to minimize any air circulation around the tea and which is best for black flavored tea and white flavored tea: fridge or freezer? Thank you for your help! :)

    • TeaVivre response:

      1/5/2017


      Thank you for your question.
      Fridge and freezer are not good choice for store black tea and white tea.
      Black tea belongs to the whole fermented tea, aging is slower, easier to store. And the white tea, Natural aging will make the white tea taste better, The ideal temperature to store the white tea is 4 ℃ -25 ℃, especially the flavored tea, Low temperature will made aroma weakened.
      You can store the tea in a closed container, in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated.
      Hope it helps.

    • JF :

      12/18/2016

      Good morning,

      I bought green tea from China and the leaves were kept in a deep freezer when I bought them.

      There were in my suitcase for several days when I travelled. Can I now refreeze them in my home? Or is tea, like food, dangerous to refreeze?

      Many thanks in advance for your help

    • TeaVivre response:

      12/19/2016


      Thank you for your question.
      The green tea is not suitable for deep freezing. The best method is sealed stored the tea in the refrigerated room or fridge with about 5 degrees Celsius.
      Deep freezing would make the water of the tea leaves freeze and damage tea cells. It made the tea rotten quickly.
      You'd better drink it as soon as possible after it unfreezed.
      Hope it helps.

    • K :

      11/23/2016

      Little flea like insects stick to my tea after a while. How can I avoid this? I store then in plastic containers. Thank you.

    • TeaVivre response:

      11/24/2016


      Thanks for your question.

      Plastic containers is not suitable for tea storage. Because it is transparent and will not avoid sunlight. If the temperature in the container is too high, it may breed insects.

      Besides, we should keep tea in an airtight container away from high temperature, sunlight, moisture and abnormal taste.

      So, here we recommend you use stainless steel cans, porcelain cans, Zisha cans to store tea.

      Hope it helps.

    • RRRRvocalist :

      10/16/2016

      Okay, I need something cleared up. Is glass itself (as in the material) actually bad for the tea, or is it just glass that's NOT opaque that's bad for it? My mother has stored loose leaf tea in opaque glass containers for YEARS without having an issue. She even painted the outside of some nice jars (with paint that is safe to use for cups, bowls, and any other glass/ceramic/porcelain thing that comes in contact with food) for her tea a few years back, again with no issues whatsoever.

    • TeaVivre response:

      10/17/2016


      Thanks for your question.

      Glass itself is not bad for the tea, we generally said that do not use glass jar to store tea is due to the transparent glass jar cannot isolate sunlight or UV rays, so that they will affect the aroma and taste of tea.

      Of course, as you mentioned, it is ok that store tea in opaque glass jar, and make it well-isolate from sunlight.

      Hope it helps your concern.

    • Pauline McConnell :

      9/30/2016

      Just bought 2 tins of oolong tea can you advise how to store tea, is it ok to keep tin in fridge till first tin is finished.
      Is it better to keep it in aluminium bag it came in inside the tin
      Thank you

    • TeaVivre response:

      9/30/2016


      Thanks for your question.

      Our canned tea has double resealable packages for tea storage. You can absolutely storage it directly in refrigerator until you finish the first.

      If you want save some space, you could also keep the tea in aluminium bags and keep in refrigerator, as long as the bag is airtight and opaque.

      Hope it helps!

    • Debra Bottomley :

      9/22/2016

      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:

      9/23/2016


      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.

    • NANETTE BARTELS :

      8/16/2016

      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:

      8/17/2016


      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.

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