Proper tea storage is essential for preserving the freshness and flavor of your tea over time. Here are some key points on how to store tea correctly.
Tea Storage Tips
Proper tea storage needs to include the following aspects:
- Light and cool environments
- Sunlight exposure
- Smells and fragrance
- 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.
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.
Direct sunlight can overstimulate tea leaves, causing them to dry out and lose flavor. Store tea away from direct sunlight to maintain its freshness.
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.
Consider using seal-tight canisters for tea storage. Make sure the canisters haven’t been used for strongly scented items to prevent aroma mixing.
The above mentioned factors apply to all teas and are particularly important for aged tea storage.