5 Steps to storing your tea leaves better

 

3 tea tins
3 tea tins

Loose leaf tea is a stable product and most will last for up to 2 years after initial opening before the taste diminishes. Of course, this depends on the quality of the tea that you buy and how fresh it was when you received it. Always try to purchase your tea from a reputable tea merchant.

 

There is a lot you can do to preserve the flavour of your tea once you get it to your kitchen.

5 Simple Steps to Better Loose Leaf Tea

  1. Keep it away from sunlight. The light will diminish the look and taste of the tea. Glass jars look cool but only use them if you are going to drink the tea quickly
  2. Store in an airtight container. Sealing all the oils and flavours in really is the single biggest thing you can do to protect the longevity of your tea.
  3. Make sure that the temperature is stable room temperature. keep away from heaters, windows and air conditioners
  4. Keep loose leaf tea away from strong flavours and smells. If you keep your tea next to your spices this may result in some flavour transfer.
  5. Only buy as much as you think you will use in the coming year. The fresher a tea is when you buy it the better. Don’t but tea that is near an expiration date or that has been on the shelf in glass or not airtight sealed.

    Green foil pouch for shipping and storing tea
    Green foil pouch for shipping and storing tea

How is our tea stored at home?

Just for reference, we asked our staff how they keep their tea. Mostly it seems in tins, some very pretty ones. For smaller samples of things they are trying but not yet committed too they use the pouches they come in and just seal it up tight in between brews. One of our staff members breaks the no glass rule but says she only uses coloured glass for extra protection and only for the teas she drinks quickly and regularly.

We would love to see and hear how you store your tea. leave us comments here or join in the conversation on Facebook

Chai Teas!

Simpli Special are very happy to let you know we have introduced not one but TWO Chai teas to our regular stock. we believe that these are exceptional blends that offer not only fantastic taste but also value. the tea tasters here has been working on getting the balance just right for months now and we feel these will bring joy to your taste buds.

Masala Chai

Masala chai black loose leaf tea
Masala chai black loose leaf tea

Black tea infused with spices, inspired by the Indian continent. Not only do the spices added to this tea make for an interesting brew, they also add additional health benefits. So it tastes good and does you good. When the British introduced tea to India it was not popular with the local population as a drink. However, the idea of a tea break was so enticing that the workers found a way to make the beverage their own. Often the tea, spices and milk were all added to a pan and left for long periods to infuse. You can see it in our store here

Vanilla Chai Loose Leaf Tea
Vanilla Chai Loose Leaf Tea

Vanilla Chai

A warming and soothing black tea blend. Malabar Coast spices and Creamy Madagascar vanilla notes mingle with a lively ginger finish accentuated by cardamom. This Black tea is wholesome and warming, a real indulgence in a cup. As a serving suggestion a drop of milk brings out the vanilla creaminess, you could also try making up a chai latte. You can find out more here.

Hot tea brewing method

Place 1 to 2 teaspoons of Chai Spiced tea per cup (and add 1 teaspoon for the pot) into the teapot. Pour boiling water into the pot and let it steep for 5-7 minutes. Pour into your cup, add milk or sugar to taste. This can also be made into a chai latte by adding steamed or frothed warm milk to a strong short brew.

Cold tea brewing method

Make as for hot, but add extra tea – when the tea has cooled a little pour over ice. It is important to make it a little stronger as the ice will water it down.
Alternatively, you can place the tea in a jug and add cold water. Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge) strain and enjoy. Cold brewing will give a smoother taste. You can add milk or sugar to this even coconut milk for a real treat