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Proper Storage Techniques For Tea

May 14, 2017

Proper Storage Techniques For Tea

The appropriate storage of tea is absolutely necessary. If not properly stored, tea may become stale or lose flavor quickly. It can accumulate dirt that can alter the flavor and fragrance and can likewise cause harm to the body. It is vital to determine how to appropriately store your herbs with the goal of fresh tea in mind.

Teas are generally vulnerable to 5 things. These are air, light, warmth, dampness, and, odors. If teas are exposed to these 5 things, they can easily go bad.


1.    Dark Place

Sun can bleach out teas thereby rendering them flavorless and scentless, which leaves you with a poor cup of tea. You should always consider storing your teas in a dark place. Do not use clear jars or glass for storage, as exposure to sunlight or UV radiations will degrade your tea quickly. If there are no other option than a glass jar, keep it in a dark cubicle where it cannot be exposed to light. Whenever you want to keep your teas fresh, make sure to step away from the light.

2.    Airtight

Air is another major enemy of tea. When air flows around your stored tea leaves, the odds that the leaves will attract and absorb dirt and moisture from the air increases. Hence, do not leave dry leaves outside and do not pack them with excess air inside your container. Storing of tea in porous containers should also be avoided.

Side note, please be aware that puerh and dark tea is exempt. Pu-erh tea should be stored somewhat above the ground level with good ventilation provided.

3.    Hypothermia

Exposure to heat will ruin a good tea quickly. Do not keep your tea stored in the sun or near a source of heat such as an oven, stove, or similar warm place. Heat has the capabilities of reducing the quality of a tea by eliminating the aroma and flavor and increasing the odds of your tea absorbing moisture.

4.    Strong Odors

Strong odors have a notable effect on stored tea. Hence, the high tendency of tea leaves to absorb nearby odors is the reasons why you need to avoid storing teas very close to sources of strong odor. This could include places such as toilets, refrigerators, trash cans, spice cabinets, and other areas associated with smell.

Some odors are useful during the preparation of teas as the leaves absorb the scent and are infused easily. An example of this would be Jasmine Green Tea.  The green tea leaves are typically dried on top of jasmine leaves to allow for unique flavors to absorbed into the tea.

5.    Moisture

Moisture, or Dampness, is the most noticeably awful adversary of tea and can destroy a whole batch within minutes. Dried tea leaves are considered rack stable since they are totally dry. Tragically, dry leaves retain moisture from the air at a rapid pace. It is vital that you keep your dried tea leaves far from moist regions in your home. Such sources may include a dishwasher vent or inside a refrigerator. Keep your tea far from moisture until you are prepared to drink, or the moisture will bring about unpalatable outcomes.

Here at Boulder Tea Shop, we source our tea from the best and most trusted companies.  Each batch is personally tested to ensure the quality and sustainability of our product.  We store our items in air tight, light tight, and humidity free containers to ensure that you receive the perfect cup, every time.

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