Loose leaf tea is more fragile than it might appear. When exposed to moisture, loose leaf tea can develop mold and become unusable. Heat and sunlight can leech the flavor from the tea, making the brewed drink bland or giving it an unpleasant flavor. Even strongly scented products can affect the final cup of tea; storing your loose leaf tea in a container with garlic and onions, while an extreme example, would give your finished cup a very odd flavor. With proper storage, you can keep loose leaf tea for two to 18 months depending on the type of tea.
1 Place the loose leaf tea in an airtight container. You can use a tea tin, which is made especially for this task.
2 Close the airtight container and ensure the seal is as tight as possible. Depending on the type of container you use, this might mean pushing down on several sides of a lid to ensure the lid is completely closed or screwing the top onto a jar as tightly as possible.
3Place the sealed container of tea in a cool, dry place that is never exposed to direct sunlight. If you used a glass or other transparent or translucent container rather than one that is completely opaque, put the container in an entirely dark place.
some tips to store tea in a proper way.
The most common way to store tea leaves is to use proper plastic bags. This storage method is also one of the most convenient and economical ways for the tea drinkers. However, two things should be taken into considerations when using plastic bags to store tea: first, tea leaves should be as dry as possible; second, right packing material must be chosen for this purpose. There are dozens of different plastic bags made of different materials. Make sure the right type of material of the bags is to be used.
A jar is chosen by some tea drinkers to store tea leaves. The ideal jar should be dry, smell-less, and air tight. Most of such jars are made of pottery and earthen materials. In addition, it should be well aware that different tea varieties should not be mixed together; otherwise the individual tea would lose its own distinctive features due to mutual influence.
Nowadays, there are many more choices of containers for people to use. For example, some tea drinkers use iron cans, bamboo cans or wood cans store tea. These containers would have better damp-proof function if they are made into double layers. The tea cans or boxes should be stored in cool and dry areas and avoid damp and direct sunshine. If the tea leaves are not needed for some time, the tea containers should be sealed by Scotch tape so that damp air would not permeate through and the tea would remain fresh for certain time.
General Tea Storage Guidelines
Keep loose tea away from light sources, including indoor light and outside sunlight. Some tea drinkers may choose glass containers or even see-through decorative containers to store tea. Extra caution must be employed because loose tea will lose its color when exposed to prolonged light through these containers.
Each variety of loose leaf tea should be stored separately in airtight containers.
Right temperature is crucial to your tea storage. No matter what types of containers or boxes you use to store tea, make sure to place them in cabinets or cupboards at room temperature. It is also important to keep the temperature in those areas relatively constant. Avoid sudden and extreme temperature changes.
Do not store tea products in the refrigerator.There is a mistake that some tea drinkers often make: store tea in the refrigerator because it is cool inside the refrigerator. They ignore the key fact that the moisture inside the refrigerator will seep into the tea and ruin the tea quickly. Moisture is the biggest single cause for destroying your loose leaf tea. So keep your tea in a dry place,