How to Store Tea and Keep it Fresh

Tea is a beloved beverage which has been consumed since ancient times.

While tea is typically its most fragrant fresh after harvest, over time, these qualities can diminish if the tea is not stored properly.

This guide will teach you how to store tea and keep it fresh.

Choose an Appropriate Container

The first step in storing tea is to choose an appropriate container. It is best to store tea in a container that is airtight and opaque, as both light and air can have detrimental effects on tea. Glass containers with a tight-fitting lid are a good option, as are ceramic or stainless steel containers.

Avoid using plastic containers, as the tea may absorb odors from the plastic.

It is also important to make sure that the container is clean and dry before storing tea in it.

Keep Tea Cool and Dry

Tea should be stored in a cool, dry place to prevent it from losing its flavor and becoming stale. A pantry or cupboard away from direct sunlight is a good option.

It is also important to keep the tea away from any sources of moisture, as damp conditions could cause the tea to become musty.

Store Tea Away from Strong Odors

In addition to being sensitive to light and air, tea is also sensitive to strong odors. If the tea is stored near strong-smelling items, such as spices or onions, it can absorb these odors, as well as potentially lose its own natural flavors and aromas.

If you have a variety of teas in your collection, it is best to keep them separately to prevent them from mixing and affecting the flavor of each other. This is especially important for teas with strong aromas, such as herbal teas, which can easily overpower more delicate teas.

Use Tea Within a Reasonable Timeframe

While proper storage can help extend the shelf life of tea, it is still important to use it within a reasonable timeframe.

The fresher the tea, the better it will taste, so it is generally best to use it as soon as possible after opening the package. If you are unable to finish a package of tea within a few weeks, it is best to transfer it to a smaller container to minimize the amount of air that comes into contact with the tea.

It’s worth mentioning that different types of tea will last for different amounts of time.

For example, black tea can last for years, while green tea is best when used within 6 to 9 months after it’s harvested and processed, although most green tea is advertised as lasting longer than that

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson is the founder and chief editor of the Professional Tea Taster.

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