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About proper tea storage

Why is it so important?

The distinct flavour characteristics of each tea variety is what makes them special. After all you don't want to loose this rich malty note from an Assam tea or this delicate muscatel flavours of a second flush Darjeeling.

So now that you have your favourite loose leaf teas in your kitchen, let's talk about proper storage which is essential to preserve their aroma, flavours and freshness. There are four points to consider to keep your tea leaves fresh and healthy, for as long as possible: air & smell, moisture, light and temperature.

Tea packaging

1. Air & Smell

Air exposure allows the tea leaves to absorb unwanted smells and therefore spoil the flavours. The tea leaves are by nature porous, which allows the creation of delicious flavoured teas such as a rose infused tea or bergamot flavoured tea. However if the tea is not kept in an air tight container at home, it might absorbs unwanted smells from the kitchen over time. So keep the tea in an air tight container to minimise the contact with air and odours or reseal your pouch properly having each cup of tea. And as a general rule, try to store your teas in a different cupboard than the one used for spices, herbs, even coffee or other ingredients with strong odours. 

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2. Moisture

Loose leaf tea is shelve stable because it's dry, however it absorbs water very easily. Exposure to moisture not only changes the flavours as it continue the oxidation process, but it can also cause mould or damp to form - it's a shame to waste quality teas for this reason but it's also very unpleasant.

So keep your loose leaf teas in a dry environment, away from moisture and damp areas at all time such as above the dish water of next to the refrigerator.

Also avoid storing or buying loose leaf teas in a porous packaging material such a non coated paper bag as this can lead to moisture exposure. The good news is: our tea pouches are coated with a layer of foil on the inside so you can store them as it is in your cupboard, just make sure you seal them properly after each use!

Also avoid storing or buying loose leaf teas in a porous packaging material such a non coated paper bag as this can lead to moisture exposure. The good news is: our tea pouches are coated with a layer of foil on the inside so you can store them as it is in your cupboard, just make sure you seal them properly after each use!

3. Light 

Light and UV can cause damages to loose leaf tea and quickly deteriorate its quality. Avoid buying loose leaf tea which has been stored in a clear glass or plastic container, or even in a pouch with a clear opening.  Keep the tea in an opaque container, or if you plan to store the tea in anything clear, make sure you leave it  in a dark environment such as a dark cabinet so the leaves do no receive any light. Avoid using plastic jars: much like tea, plastic absorbs odours so if it has been previously used it might taint the. leaves.

4. Temperature 

Heat also degrades your loose leaf tea, as do changes of temperature. By storing the tea in a close container you will already avoid the heat from direct sunlight however the indirect heat from the sun is also harmful even when in an air tight container. In the kitchen, try to avoid places near the oven or any source of heat.