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The Steepery Tea Co’s guide to storing tea

By Kym Cooper. Posted
The Steepery Tea Co’s guide to storing tea

Tea is best enjoyed when it is fresh and the aromas and flavours are most vibrant. Tea quality will generally1 decline over time resulting in flat tasteless brews.

You can prolong the life of your tea by keeping it away from its environmental enemies: moisture, heat, light and aromas. This is best achieved by storing your tea in an airtight container in a cool dark place away from kitchen aromas such as coffee and spices.

Our stand-up tea pouches with re-sealable close are perfectly suited to storing your tea for a short period of 2-3 months.

If you are looking for a permanent tea storage canister we highly recommend investing in one of our stylish and contemporary glass tea canisters.

We searched the market far and wide for a permanent tea storage solution that we were happy to share with our customers. In the end we chose Infinity Jars ( because they provide the perfect conditions for tea storage.

Our black glass tea canisters are designed for permanency and re-use. They are durable, smell-proof and airtight and use light filtering technology that block out harmful UV light to ensure fresh and delicious brews each and every time. These canisters can be purchased with any of our fine loose-leaf teas. Each of our black glass canisters includes 50g of the leaf tea of your choice.

As a general guideline, if stored in these conditions, the shelf-life of your tea are as follows:

  • First-flush and white teas – 12 months
  • Green tea – 12-18 months
  • Black tea and oolong tea – 2-3 years

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1 Certain dark and fermented teas may improve or be enhanced with age but typically require temperature and environmentally controlled conditions to age the tea further.

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