How to Store Loose Leaf Tea

So you bought your loose leaf tea from the store, you skip home and brew a cup of tea. You then go to put the rest away in your cupboard but you stop and decide to consult you favorite tea blog (that’s us) just in case you are storing it incorrectly. Well, I am here to tell you that there are a couple of rules when it comes to how to store your loose leaf tea appropriately. If tea is not stored correctly, it will go stale and the flavor will be affected. So fear not, I am here to help.


First of all your tea must be kept away from heat, moisture and light. So store it in a cool dry place, preferably inside a cabinet and not on display. However, if you do want to display your tea with pride then do not use a glass storage jar. The light will degrade tea and cause the color of your tea leaves to fade.

Make sure you tea is stored in air tight tins, being exposed to the oxygen in the air will compromise the taste of the tea. As explained in a previous post, oxidation is a process used to create the various types of tea. If not stored in an air tight container this oxidation will presume. This process will affect the lesser oxidized tea the most, such as green and white teas.

Note: Always buy tea leaves from a trusted online source or shop that rotates their stock frequently so that you are not buying tea that has been sitting on the shelf for a while.

When storing your tea in a cabinet or on a shelf, keep it away from spices or other teas with strong aromas. Tea leaves absorb the aromas around them very easily so you will find that your tea fragrance and taste will be different when you next go to drink it.

Lastly, if you are reusing tins for different teas, wash the tea tin and allow it to air completely before using it again. Some tea aromas will permeate the tin and no matter how much you wash or soak with vinegar the smell will remain, so take this into consideration when reusing tins.

DIY Vintage Tea Tins | Damask Love Blog

I also found a craft blogger who made her own vintage inspired tins (the image above was taken from her site). Click here to follow the link and make your own.

Well now you have the knowledge on how to store your tea correctly. If you have any questions about where to buy tea tins or what tea tins I use then comment underneath or email.

Drink on!

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7 thoughts on “How to Store Loose Leaf Tea

  1. Great tips, thank you!! I have lots of loose leaf teas and store a few of them in glass jars – they’re mostly away from direct sunlight, but think I’ll have to re-assess my tea shelving when I get home now!

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