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
- 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
- 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.
- Make sure that the temperature is stable room temperature. keep away from heaters, windows and air conditioners
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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