Proper EndoTeas Storage to Maximize Freshness and Flavor

 

Much like good coffee storage, proper tea storage is imperative to the shelf life, quality, and flavor of your drinks.    

  1. Light and UV rays degrade your tea very quickly. Avoid buying tea in glass or plastic containers, and avoid storing your tea in anything clear, unless you plan on keeping it in a dark cabinet.

  2. Heat also degrades your tea. Avoid placing it in the sun or near heat sources like stoves or ovens.

  3. Moisture causes problems, too; tea is shelf stable because it is dry and absorbs water from the air very easily. Until it's ready to brew, keep it away from boiling water, avoiding other humid areas, like above a dishwasher vent or in a refrigerator. Wait to expose your tea to liquid moisture until you're brewing it.

  4. Odor is something that tea absorbs very easily. This tea trait allows for the creation of amazing scented teas. It also means that storing your tea near a spice cabinet, trashcan or another source of odor is a no-no.

  5. Air exposure increases the chances that your tea will absorb moisture and odors. Avoid leaving tea out, sealing it with excess air in the packaging or storing it in porous packaging materials, like paper bags.

How to Store Tea Properly

To avoid these five 'tea killers' above means you'll have to consider the location, packaging material and packaging mechanism you're using to store your tea. 

Location:

  • Store far away from anything with a strong odor.

  • Store in a dark cabinet or completely opaque container.

  • Keep delicate teas separate from strongly scented teas.

  • Avoid storing tea in humid areas of your kitchen and house.

 

Tea Storage Materials:

  • Use opaque packaging if possible.

  • Be sure your packaging is food safe. (For example, don't use a pencil case to hold tea.)

  • Glazed ceramics, non-reactive metals and opaque, non-leaching plastics all make great packaging materials.

  • Wood packaging may be a workable option, but be aware that many wood containers have odors that can influence the tea's taste.

  • The bags that suppliers sell tea in vary widely in terms of quality. For long-term storage, make sure your bags are multi-ply with an inner layer of foil or glassine (a substance similar to wax paper). This avoids contamination by water, air or grease.

Tea Storage Mechanisms

A tight seal is key. If the mechanism can hold water, it can protect tea. 

Good options include:

  • Double lids (these are common with metal tea canisters).

  • Odor-free silicone seals (also common with metal canisters).

  • Multi-ply bags with resealable plastic 'zippers'.