How to store loose leaf tea

There’s no such thing as too much tea, just too little storage. Between Plum Deluxe’s large offering of teas, old favorites, and samples, it’s easy for those bags of loose leaf tea to start to pile up. You may need to come up with a different strategy to store your tea than tossing bags into an overflowing cupboard. Luckily, the Plum Deluxe community is plentiful with loose leaf tea storage ideas.

How to store loose leaf tea

Tea station setups can range from sweet and simple to elaborate. Let’s look at some of our members’ loose leaf storage ideas

If you wander around thrift stores or home accent stores, keep an eye out for interesting pieces of furniture that could function as tea storage. Kathy Flash Morales found the little drawers in this brown apothecary cabinet work wonderfully to store her tea. Kathy makes use of all of the space available by adding colorful tea tins from Amazon to the top of the cabinet.

How to store loose leaf tea

Building a tea corner into an unused area of your home is a great use of space. Kathy had this space built during a renovation to store her tea ware and give her a place to make her favorite cuppas.

How to store loose leaf tea

This idea for turning an old hutch into a luxurious tea bar has been making the rounds. This gorgeous upcycled furniture makes use of the hutch’s drawers while cutting out some of the shelving to make space for lighting and appliances. Thrifting for furniture that could be fixed up could be a fun weekend project.

How to store loose leaf tea

You’d be surprised where you could find tea storage. With a keen eye, you might be able to find something being thrown away or sold for cheap at a flea market I found this hutch on the side of the road and cleaned it up for a tea corner in my small kitchen. Baskets, a grey basket tier found at HomeGoods, and mason jars keep teas organized and allow space for my tea ware collection.

How to store loose leaf tea

Mason jars have seemingly infinite uses around the home. Holding tea and spices is a perfect use. Melissa Illingworth uses chalk labels and the easy-to-peel labels from the Plum Deluxe bags to organize her tea into easy to identify stacks of jars. This type of display can be tucked anywhere you have room.

How to store loose leaf tea

Maybe you don’t have space to spare, but that just means you might need to think outside the box (or tea cabinet). Jessica Carolyne Lewis created this magnetic wall mount and used labelled metal tins to display her tea without taking up any floor or counter space.

How to store loose leaf tea

Similarly, this spice rack combined with the labels of the Plum Deluxe bags put together by Krystalyn Violet Myrdek uses small spice jars to efficiently store her tea collection. Everything is easily organized and lifted away from precious counter space.

How to store loose leaf tea

Another good use of wall space as a loose leaf tea storage idea is this bird cage photo display piece used by Kelly Linss. While it doesn’t hold her whole collection, she could use the space to artfully showcase her favorite teas or blends that she wants to try that week.

How to store loose leaf tea

Mallory Thalman also has a creative use for common organizers. She uses an over-the-door shoe rack to organize her tea, tucked out of the way in her pantry.

How to store loose leaf tea

Bookshelves are another piece of furniture that, with the addition of jars or baskets, can be used to organize loose leaf tea collections. This set of purple shelves was passed on to me by my favorite local apothecary when I lived in Baltimore.

How to store loose leaf tea

Brenda Smith Chadeayne also makes great use of shelves with this cubby with cloth baskets separating out her tea.

How to store loose leaf tea

There are so many creative loose leaf tea storage ideas here and in the Plum Deluxe Tea Lovers community, there is sure to be inspiration for your next tea organization project. Once you’ve figured out where and how you want to store your tea, grab some cute baskets and tea tins to keep things neat and tidy.

When storing tea, there are a few rules you want to follow to keep your tea as fresh as possible:

  • Tea should be stored in a temperate location out of direct sunlight. Dark jars or storing bags in a closed box like a tea chest or photo box help to further reduce break down from light exposure.
  • Too much contact with air can also affect the quality of your tea. If you are buying in bulk, consider storing a small amount separately for regular use and keeping the rest tucked away in a dark area where the bag won’t be opened until your daily use ration needs to be refilled.
  • Wherever you store your tea, keep it out of the freezer.

Whatever tea setup you are dreaming of, keep your eyes and mind open when you go about your day. You never know where your next loose leaf tea storage ideas will come from.

How to Store Loose Leaf Tea to Keep it Fresh

How to store loose leaf tea

There are lots of reasons to drink loose leaf tea. Not only does it have a better flavor, but it also has health benefits that range from preventing certain cancers to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

In order to reap all of these benefits, though, you must make sure you’re storing your tea properly. Read on to learn what you should do to keep your tea as fresh as possible.

Get The Right Container

The first step to storing your loose leaf tea properly is to make sure you have the right container.

A seal-able stainless steal container is best for freshness since it blocks sunlight. Sunlight degrades tea and makes it less flavorful.

If you don’t have this type of container, a colored glass container can also work. Colored glass, like stainless steel, will help keep your tea from being exposed to light.

When you’re in a bind and don’t have either of the containers discussed above, a paper bag can work as a temporary storage container. You shouldn’t leave the tea in a paper bag for longer than a couple of months, but it’s a good temporary solution.

No matter what you use to store your tea, make sure it is airtight. The less exposure your tea has to outside air, the longer it will stay fresh.

Keep It In The Right Place

In addition to storing it in the right container, you also need to make sure you’re keeping your tea in the right place.

Loose leaf tea will stay fresh longer when it is stored at room temperature. Fluctuations can damage tea leaves, so you’ll want to make sure the temperature in the room where you store it is stable. Keep your tea away from heaters, air conditioners, and windows as well.

It’s best to keep your tea stored in a dark place, like a kitchen cabinet or pantry.

You should also make sure your tea is stored away from water, as humidity adversely affects tea and can cause it grow mold. Don’t keep it near or in the fridge, and avoid keeping it around sink or areas where you boil water.

Mistakes To Avoid

There are a few other rules you should keep in mind when it comes to storing your tea:

  • Keep tea and spices separate. Storing tea near spices can actually affect its taste since tea leaves very easily absorb other aromas.
  • Keep strong and mild aroma teas separate. Mild aroma teas like white tea will also absorb the aromas from stronger teas like pu-erh, so it’s best to keep them separate from each other.
  • Do not use a plastic container. Your tea will be more vulnerable to light in a plastic container. Plastic will also absorb other odors that can affect the taste of your tea.

Learn More About Loose Leaf Tea

Want to learn more about loose leaf tea and other tea-related topics? Check out our news and articles for more interesting and useful information.

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There’s no such thing as too much tea, just too little storage. Between Plum Deluxe’s large offering of teas, old favorites, and samples, it’s easy for those bags of loose leaf tea to start to pile up. You may need to come up with a different strategy to store your tea than tossing bags into an overflowing cupboard. Luckily, the Plum Deluxe community is plentiful with loose leaf tea storage ideas.

How to store loose leaf tea

Tea station setups can range from sweet and simple to elaborate. Let’s look at some of our members’ loose leaf storage ideas

If you wander around thrift stores or home accent stores, keep an eye out for interesting pieces of furniture that could function as tea storage. Kathy Flash Morales found the little drawers in this brown apothecary cabinet work wonderfully to store her tea. Kathy makes use of all of the space available by adding colorful tea tins from Amazon to the top of the cabinet.

How to store loose leaf tea

Building a tea corner into an unused area of your home is a great use of space. Kathy had this space built during a renovation to store her tea ware and give her a place to make her favorite cuppas.

How to store loose leaf tea

This idea for turning an old hutch into a luxurious tea bar has been making the rounds. This gorgeous upcycled furniture makes use of the hutch’s drawers while cutting out some of the shelving to make space for lighting and appliances. Thrifting for furniture that could be fixed up could be a fun weekend project.

How to store loose leaf tea

You’d be surprised where you could find tea storage. With a keen eye, you might be able to find something being thrown away or sold for cheap at a flea market I found this hutch on the side of the road and cleaned it up for a tea corner in my small kitchen. Baskets, a grey basket tier found at HomeGoods, and mason jars keep teas organized and allow space for my tea ware collection.

How to store loose leaf tea

Mason jars have seemingly infinite uses around the home. Holding tea and spices is a perfect use. Melissa Illingworth uses chalk labels and the easy-to-peel labels from the Plum Deluxe bags to organize her tea into easy to identify stacks of jars. This type of display can be tucked anywhere you have room.

How to store loose leaf tea

Maybe you don’t have space to spare, but that just means you might need to think outside the box (or tea cabinet). Jessica Carolyne Lewis created this magnetic wall mount and used labelled metal tins to display her tea without taking up any floor or counter space.

How to store loose leaf tea

Similarly, this spice rack combined with the labels of the Plum Deluxe bags put together by Krystalyn Violet Myrdek uses small spice jars to efficiently store her tea collection. Everything is easily organized and lifted away from precious counter space.

How to store loose leaf tea

Another good use of wall space as a loose leaf tea storage idea is this bird cage photo display piece used by Kelly Linss. While it doesn’t hold her whole collection, she could use the space to artfully showcase her favorite teas or blends that she wants to try that week.

How to store loose leaf tea

Mallory Thalman also has a creative use for common organizers. She uses an over-the-door shoe rack to organize her tea, tucked out of the way in her pantry.

How to store loose leaf tea

Bookshelves are another piece of furniture that, with the addition of jars or baskets, can be used to organize loose leaf tea collections. This set of purple shelves was passed on to me by my favorite local apothecary when I lived in Baltimore.

How to store loose leaf tea

Brenda Smith Chadeayne also makes great use of shelves with this cubby with cloth baskets separating out her tea.

How to store loose leaf tea

There are so many creative loose leaf tea storage ideas here and in the Plum Deluxe Tea Lovers community, there is sure to be inspiration for your next tea organization project. Once you’ve figured out where and how you want to store your tea, grab some cute baskets and tea tins to keep things neat and tidy.

When storing tea, there are a few rules you want to follow to keep your tea as fresh as possible:

  • Tea should be stored in a temperate location out of direct sunlight. Dark jars or storing bags in a closed box like a tea chest or photo box help to further reduce break down from light exposure.
  • Too much contact with air can also affect the quality of your tea. If you are buying in bulk, consider storing a small amount separately for regular use and keeping the rest tucked away in a dark area where the bag won’t be opened until your daily use ration needs to be refilled.
  • Wherever you store your tea, keep it out of the freezer.

Whatever tea setup you are dreaming of, keep your eyes and mind open when you go about your day. You never know where your next loose leaf tea storage ideas will come from.

March 23 2021 – Diana L

How to store loose leaf tea

vintage loose leaf tea storage

Flavor is a combination of smell, taste, spiciness, temperature, and texture. Much of the flavor of your favorite tea comes from smell, in fact, studies show that 90% of what is perceived as taste is actually smell. When tea is not stored properly, the flavor can deteriorate leaving your tea tasting dull. Learn what containers to use to properly store your teas so they remain fresh and flavorful.

What happens to tea that is not properly stored?

Loose leaf tea when not stored properly can transform turning a darker color, go stale or accumulate impurities that alter the flavor and aroma. From the time the leaves are picked, the tea starts a very slow deterioration process.

What is meant by deterioration? A big part of it is referring to oxidation. Some teas such as green teas, yellow teas, and some white teas are prized for their lack of oxidation. During processing, oxidation is actually prevented, and for this reason, they continue to oxidize over time.

However, some teas are allowed to oxidize during production such as black teas and some oolongs. These teas will have much less potential for continued oxidation and much harder to notice a change in the flavor.

How to store loose leaf tea

Why is Loose Leaf Tea Storage Important?

Choosing the right loose leaf tea container is essential to controlling the longevity of your tea. Here are four factors that can affect the quality of your tea:

Light

Damage from light can create a metallic flavor in your tea.

Sudden changes in temperature can also damage your tea, so avoid storing your tea in cabinets near your stove/oven.

Environmental odors

Tea leaves absorb the fragrances of their surroundings. Tea stored in a small cabinet near other items such as coffee, garlic, or other strong spices can absorb those aromas. Tea stored in the refrigerator or freezer can also absorb odors from other food products, so this is not a good idea. The same goes for storing tea near fragrant items such as any scented candles.

Also, be sure to choose a storage container that doesn’t have any inherent aroma itself such as a wooden or plastic container. Storing loose leaf tea in a plastic container can also allow odors to be absorbed through the plastic. Remember, you want a pantry that smells like tea, not the other way around.

Moisture

Ok, think about this. We put tea leaves in water. As the tea begins to steep, it releases the flavors you’re waiting to enjoy into the water. Would you really want your tea to start “steeping” before you’re ready to drink it?

Because tea can absorb moisture even from the air, an air-tight storage canister is the best way to block out moisture. Make sure you always use utensils that are clean and dry before taking a scoop of tea. The smallest bit of moisture on a spoon can cause mold and ruin your tea.

Throw out any tea that shows signs of mold. A pungent smell, fuzzy white growth, or leaves that are soft instead of dry are signs that your tea has mold. Moldy tea leaves are ruined and no longer something you want to ingest.

Quantity

A container of tea that is nearing empty will deteriorate faster than a container full of tea. The more tea in the container, the less oxygen that can take up space, and less air also makes it more difficult for other aromas to be absorbed.

How to store loose leaf tea

Tea Storage Tips

Storing tea for better shelf life doesn’t have to be over-complicated. Use an air-tight canister to store your tea and keep it in a dark, cool, dry place away from other strong odors that could contaminate the tea.

If you purchased your tea in a paper bag, do not leave your tea in this container for more than 30 days. Paper does not protect the tea from moisture and odors and can cause your tea to deteriorate quickly.

If your tea came in resealable packaging with a food-safe lining such as tea purchased from Tealeavz, your tea is already protected for you to enjoy!

When transferring your tea from the original packaging, we suggest using stainless steel tea canister or aluminum tins that have an airtight lid. Ceramic containers also work as long as they have an airtight lid.

Avoid clear glass jars. Colored glass is better as it helps filter out the light, but either way, you will need to store your tea in a dark and cool location. Also, avoid purchasing any tea that is sold in a glass or plastic container. How long has this tea been on the shelf and has likely already begun the degradation process?

If your favorite storage container doesn’t have an airtight lid, place your tea in a sealable bag inside your container.

Store your loose leaf tea properly to keep your tea fresh for many cups of delicious tea to come!

How to store loose leaf tea

In this useful article you will get simple tips on how to keep your loose leaf tea fresh and tasty for longer.

Find out why your loose leaf is going stale, how you can easily protect it, simple storage solutions, what to avoid and the benefits of choosing the correct storage solution.

How do I keep tea fresh?

There are many factors to consider when trying to keep loose leaf fresh, and it’s certainly not just about keeping it in an air tight container.

The delicious flavour that makes us love tea is made up of oils, aromas and flavour molecules. When storing the leaves, we need to find the perfect conditions to protect and prolong these characteristics.

The four major factors that can diminish the flavour include air, moisture, light, smell, temperature and time.

So, how do we protect our precious leaves? Here are some simple guidelines you can follow to keep the flavour fresh and tasty…

1. Air

Exposure to air allows the leaves to absorb moisture and aromas, which can spoil the flavour. It also continues the oxidisation process, which can result in a lack of flavour or staleness.

Store in an air tight container to keep any air exposure to a minimum.

2. Moisture

Loose tea is kept dry for a reason. It is the perfect condition to protect the flavour molecules and oils from diminishing. Exposure to moisture not only weakens the flavour, but it can also cause mould or damp to form.

Store in a dry environment away from moisture or damp areas.

3. Light

Exposure to light can cause chemical damage in loose tea. Although it’s an area that needs more thorough research conducting, American Specialty Tea Alliance tells us that it can create an unpleasant metallic taste.

Store in an opaque container or in a dark environment that doesn’t receive any light.

4. Smell

As tea leaves are porous, over time they will absorb the smells around them, which will alter the taste. This often happens when stored in food cupboards with spices, herbs, coffee or other strong smelling food and drink.

Store in a cupboard or on a shelf away from strong smells.

5. Temperature

High temperatures speed up the oxidisation process, which is something you want to avoid when trying to maintain freshness. For this reason, it’s important to store in a cool environment. For delicate blends such as green and yellow, you might want to store them in the freezer to prolong the freshness.

Store in a cool environment or in the freezer in an air tight container to avoid condensation.

6. Time

Of course, time is one of the biggest factors that can drastically affect the flavour and freshness. Time is used to a farmer’s advantage when producing pu’er as it aids the fermentation process. However, when it comes to delicate blends such as green, there is a battle against the clock to consume the leaves before they go stale.

Loose leaf can last 1 – 2 years, but drink your tea as often as you like rather than waiting for a ‘special occasion’.

5 storage solutions for loose leaf tea

Considering these six factors, here are five easy storage solutions that will maintain taste and freshness:

  1. Air Tight Jar – an opaque air tight jar is a super simple solution for storing loose tea. Buy a decorative one and store on your kitchen counter to have as a design statement.
  2. Air Tight Bag – some loose teas already come in an air tight bag which is an easy storage solution. It’s also ideal if you’re limited for space in your cupboard as bag takes up less room.
  3. Wooden Tea Box – there are many wooden tea boxes available that make a real statement in your loose leaf storage. Why not get a personalised one with your name on to make tea drinking extra special?
  4. Metal Case – a metal case is an ideal storage solution as it is very resilient and will protect the leaves well. For a portable option look for mini metal storage cases.
  5. Flask – this works well as a temporary storage option if you have bought loose leaf but don’t have an air tight storage box at home yet.

How not to store loose tea

Now you’re up to date on exactly how you should store loose leaf, lets cover what you need to avoid…

Bags that have no seal. Once your tea has arrived, transfer it to an air tight container.

Glass jars that aren’t stored in a dark cupboard. Direct sunlight must be avoided, but some light might even creep into cupboards, so you may want to opt for an opaque jar.

Humid areas of the house. Avoid storing next to the kettle which lets off steam by a window which might collect condensation.

The benefits of storing loose tea correctly

Other than maintaining flavour and freshness, here are the top benefits of choosing the correct storage solution:

  • Protect aroma – maintain the beautiful aroma of your loose leaf tea when brewing
  • Health benefits – protect the antioxidants and vitamins that some varieties of loose leaf contain
  • Save money – avoid throwing out stale tea and save money by storing it correctly
  • Greater longevity – make your loose leaf last longer so you have more time to enjoy it.

How to store loose leaf tea

Working with loose leaf tea requires some TLC. You’ll need some kind of infuser, but before you even think of getting close to a teacup, you’ll need to make sure you’re storing your tea properly. Improper tea storage can cause your tea to diminish in flavor or go stale. To avoid that tragedy, follow these rules:

1) Keep tea away from oxygen

This is the Golden Rule in tea storage. Teas are cultivated with very specific oxidation levels, and to keep your loose leaf the way it was intended, you want to make sure it’s as sheltered from the elements as possible. In the production process, green and white teas are the least oxidized varieties, so you’ll want to make absolutely certain these teas are exposed to as little oxygen as possible. Dark black and oolong teas are exposed to more oxygen in the production process, so oxygen exposure is less of a death sentence, but you’ll still want to keep these darker teas away from the elements so that they stay in pristine condition.

2) Keep tea dry

Keep your loose leaf away from moisture of any kind. Humidity and dampness can cause tea leaves to release their flavors ahead of schedule. You want to save all the flavor for your cup, so keep tea indoors in a dry place. If you’re storing tea leaves in a cabinet, make sure that cabinet isn’t close to any pipes.

3) Keep tea away from strong smells

Tea leaves can absorb the odors around them, so unless you want your tea to absorb the flavors in your coffee and spices, keep your tea stash far from competing characters. Also be sure that the container in which you’re storing your tea doesn’t have a strong odor itself. Teatulia recommends a container made of glass, tin, or aluminum.

4) Keep tea away from light

Light can cause tea to degrade, so make sure your container is not see-through!

5) Keep tea tightly packed with other tea

The more tea that’s packed into a small space, the less air there is between individual tea leaves. And since we’re trying to avoid oxidation, that’s good news.

With these rules in mind, here are some tea storage containers we recommend:

1) Prepara® Evak Fresh Saver

How to store loose leaf tea

This container has a plunger that removes all the air from the container, so it’s perfect for storing loose leaf tea. It retails at Bed, Bath & Beyond for just $9.99.

2) Ankomn Savior Non-Electric Vacuum Food Storage Container

This container provides vacuum seal pressure without any pesky cords or electricity needed. It’s advanced, but at $64.99, it’s on the expensive side.

3) Rishi Tea Copper Tin

This container is double lidded, holds 150 grams of tea, and retails for $17.

4) Blue Vine Vacuum Seal Tea Canister

How to store loose leaf tea

This container from Stash Tea holds 150 grams of loose leaf tea and vacuum seals itself everytime you close it. It’s yours for $11.50.

5) Washi Sashi Tea Storage Tin

How to store loose leaf tea

These beautiful tins are covered in washi, traditional Japanese paper. They come from Japan and can be in your kitchen for just $8.

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Laura Brienza is the author of New York’s Historic Restaurants, Inns, and Taverns (Globe Pequot Press 2016) and Discovering Vintage Washington, DC (Globe Pequot Press 2015).

Whether it’s loose leaf tea from the late ’90s or from this year’s harvest you got just weeks ago, here is some advice on how to keep your tea fresh.

The word tea is used rather liberally in the US, referring to green, oolong, white, and black tea as much as mint, chamomile and ginger. This guide mainly focuses on pure teas made from the tea plant Camellia Sinensis: green, oolong, white and black teas.

The rules are actually quite simple. Keep your teas away from these five elements:

  • Heat
  • Light
  • Air (Oxygen)
  • Odors
  • Moisture

Does tea expire?

Properly stored tea doesn’t expire, but the flavor and aroma will change with time, especially greener style teas. One thing to keep in mind is knowing the difference between tea aging and spoiling . Properly stored tea does not spoil. Like wine and whiskey, when teas age they (slowly) change their flavors. Well made teas don’t soil if they are kept away from those five elements aforementioned. Teas are spoiled when they mold. Molding happens when tea leaves are exposed to excessive moisture and heat.

How to keep teas fresh?

Different types of tea have different freshness sensitivities.

The category of tea that’s the most sensitive to aging is the greener styles, or lighter oxidized tea. For example Green Teas and Lighter Oolongs. These teas are made to accentuate the grassy and vibrant quality of the raw tea plant and therefore carry a higher “freshness” factor. They are the most sensitive to aging because the freshness quality is the first to fade during an aging process.

Tea doesn’t spoil if stored properly, just the flavor will change and in this case grassy to earthy. If you don’t have access to a vacuum sealer and prefers that vegetal flavor, try buying in small quantities and drinking the tea within two-four months.

On the contrary, more oxidized black tea or roasted teas are less sensitive to aging. This family of teas appeal by showcasing flavor nuances created by processing the tea plant (ie. controlled and intentional exposure to heat or air). They may even get tastier with time as the flavor settles, therefore suitable for intentional aging.

How to store tea properly? (Storage)

Storing loose leaf tea in a tea canister, tea caddy, or metalized foil bag is the easier and the most effective. We recommend using a container that is odor-free, blocks sunlight, and can keep the tea tightly sealed. Avoid plastic, paper bags, or clear jars.

Pu-erh teas are the exception, as slight air exposure and variable temperatures actually help them age better. However, it’s important to keep them away from odors and excessive moisture.

At home, once open, we suggest keeping teas from us in the foiled bag it came with and wrapped tightly with a rubber band. At our tearoom we pack almost all our teas in 60 grams pack and only cut open the bag when we are ready to use it. We store the rest of the unused tea in canisters.
Much like spices, we also recommend labeling the tea with the date that you got it, that way you know when you received it.

Below is the difference between the green tea from the same farm, two years apart.
Green tea from this year versus green tea from two years ago.

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Should I refrigerate green tea?

You could if you have a very large batch and it will take you over 6 months to consume it. Be aware of condensation. Temperature difference in the air builds condensation after the tea is taken out of the fridge. The resulting moisture can causes spoilage if it’s excessive.

Although the fridge may extend the freshness of green teas, we encourage you to purchase yours in smaller increments to fully enjoy its vegetal flavor and aroma.

Is it ok to leave the brewed tea leaves out overnight?

Yes, we do this all the time. We suggest you complete your steepings from brewed tea leaves within 24 hours.

In summary, keep your tea in an airtight container, store it in a cool and dry location, away from the sun and strong odors.

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How to store loose leaf tea

Nothing’s better than fresh, flavorful loose leaf tea. Nothing’s worse than good tea gone bitter and flavorless due to oxidation. Fortunately, it’s easy to properly store loose leaf tea to ensure freshness.

Best Tea Containers

The following make great tea containers, provided they have an airtight seal, are completely dry, and odor free:

  • Stainless steel tins: tea tins made out of stainless steel block sunlight, don’t absorb odors, and can be made durable for everyday use. Our stainless steel tea tins are designed especially for loose leaf tea.
  • Colored glass: darkly colored glass blocks most sunlight, doesn’t absorb odors, and is easy to clean. However, avoid direct sunlight even with colored glass.

Worst Tea Containers

  • Plastic: plastic tea containers absorb odors. If you have to use plastic, use only one flavor per container
  • Clear glass: clear glass tea containers don’t block sunlight. If you use clear glass, keep your tea in a dark place.
  • Leaky Containers: tea containers that don’t have a tight seal allow air to oxidize the tea and moisture to introduce mold. In addition, other smells in the kitchen can seep in.
  • Paper Bags: If you bought your tea and it came in a paper bag, transfer it into a more permanent container, unless you intend to consume the tea within a month or two.

Where to Store Loose Leaf Tea

Loose leaf tea absorbs moisture like a sponge. If tea gets damp, it begins to mold and decay. Keep loose leaf tea in a cool, dry place. A kitchen cupboard is a great place to store tea. Do not store your loose leaf tea in a refrigerator or freezer, this will introduce moisture and prematurely age your tea.

Loose leaf tea absorbs odors too. Don’t store your tea near spices or you might find your tea tasting like something you had for dinner!

Sunlight robs tea of flavor. Avoid direct sunlight. Even indirect light takes its toll.

How Long Will My Loose Leaf Tea Last?

Properly stored tea can last up to a year, perhaps even longer. However, to insure the best tasting tea, try to use up your supply within 3 months.

I Have REALLY OLD Tea, What Should I Do?

Depending on how old is really old, you might want to try brewing some, provided the tea is dry. If the tea has been exposed to excessive moisture or is damp, then it is not safe to drink, as it can grow mold. If the tea is no good, it will taste bitter and generally unpleasant no matter how short of a time you brew it.

If it’s no good, then you can still put it to good use. Place the tea leaves in a bowl and place in the refrigerator or anywhere in the house you want to absorb moisture and odors.