Tea Storage Tips & Recommendations

Proper tea storage is essential for preserving the freshness and flavor of your tea over time. Here we cover some key points on how to store tea correctly as to better preserve your tea.

Tea Storage Tips

To properly store a tea, the following aspects need to be considered:

  • Light and cool environments
  • Temperature
  • Sunlight exposure
  • Smells and fragrance
  • Packaging
  • Canisters and storage units


Tea should be stored in a slightly cool, dry area that is free of moisture and direct sunlight. Avoid refrigerating tea, especially Puer and Oolong teas, as this can negatively impact their properties.


Slightly cool temperatures are recommended for tea storage. This could be a room with a constant temperature, such as an air-conditioned space in the summer. Extreme temperature fluctuations should be avoided.

Dry Environment

Moisture can affect tea quality, so it’s crucial to keep tea in a dry environment. High humidity can be problematic, so consider using dehumidifiers if necessary. This subject is often debated since tea itself is grown in high humidity environments. However, what is worth noting is that the property of tea leaves changes aft oxidation and fermentation. Once a finalized tea is withered, rolled and then oxidized the chemical properties change. Oolong tea and green tea in particular are subject to most change since they are only lightly roasted or not oxidized, therefore it is highly crucial they be sealed or kept in dry environments. Puerh tea and Dark Tea, on the other hand, can be stored in humid environments due to their fermentation.


Direct sunlight can overstimulate tea leaves, causing them to dry out and lose flavor. Store tea away from direct sunlight to maintain its freshness. This applies to all tea types.

Fragrance Avoidance

When storing tea in a cupboard, avoid placing it next to strongly fragrant items like spices, as these scents may affect the tea’s quality.


Seal your tea as tightly as possible to prevent excess air from getting in. If you have an open loose-leaf tea bag, use a rubber binder or clip to seal it. Loose-leaf tea bags should not be left wide open to avoid dust and excessive air exposure.

Seal-Tight Canisters

Consider using seal-tight canisters for tea storage. Make sure the canisters haven’t been used for strongly scented items to prevent aroma mixing. We recommend these tea storage units for any tea.


The above mentioned factors apply to all teas and are particularly important for aged tea storage. Overall, Green tea is one of the most sensitive to flavor and aroma loss while Puerh and Dark are the least. For loose leaf Green and Oolong teas, it is best to keep them in their bags and insert into a canister. For loose leaf Puerh and Heicha varieties you can simply break off the tea and place into clay containers.