Light, temperature, moisture and odors can compromise the quality of tea. To maintain freshness tea must be stored properly. Use an airtight, opaque container and store tea in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. As excessive heat and strong odors can compromise the tea’s flavor, keep away from stoves or other strong smelling foods. If you treat them like spices its easy to remember these guidelines.
If stored properly, teas retain their quality for many months. The higher quality green teas will lose their freshness within a year, so it is best to drink them more quickly. Black and oolong teas retain their flavor characteristics for much longer periods of time, over several years. At Mighty Leaf, we maintain and ensure maximum freshness by sealing our tea pouches in cello overwraps and loose teas in airtight foil bags.