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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.

    19 comments to The Storage of Tea

    • carol :


      well, I sure learned something today! I have been storing my everyday day reg tea in the freezer to no avail.. and in ziplock and ziplock containers.. the worst one can do so I read..
      So a dark cool place, and as tight a seal as I can find..
      I must find a small metal container, which I think will prolong the flavour of my morning pot of tea.. I always buy in large bulk when on sale, that is going to change now.. thanks to this informative site.. happy brewing folks!! the little round bag..

    • TeaVivre response:


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    • sharon travis :


      I just received a gift of a variety of teas, silk sachet bags in sealed packets. They came in two tin containers that are sealed pretty tightly, but I know I won't drink all of it any time soon. Would you recommend storing the tins in the refrigerator? My thought was to put them in a cabinet that is dark and cool...I would appreciate hearing from you about this.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.
      If you don't plan drink them rink all of them soon. I suggest you store the tea according their type. You can store the black tea, white tea and Pu-erh in a dry, dark and cool place, while the green tea and oolong tea, you'd better store them in a refrigerator. 0-5℃ would be a good choice most of this kind of teas.
      Hope it helps.

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    • Anna :


      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:


      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 :


      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:


      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 :


      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:


      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 :


      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:


      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 :


      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:


      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.

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