A high-quality tea caddy is an essential investment for any tea lover. It will protect your tea from moisture, sunlight and odours, all of which will negatively impact the quality of your tea.
Keeping Your Tea Fresh
Stored fresh loose tea leaves must avoid the following for ultimate freshness;
Sunlight– It is advisable to store tea in darkness to prevent bright light from degrading the strength of the flavour as well as the aroma.
Oxygen– It is a common myth that all moisture has been removed from loose leaf tea leaves so oxidisation wouldn’t be an issue. It is, however, very important to store tea in an airtight container to prevent the risk of oxidisation. This is especially important for fresher teas which have some moisture retention such as green teas.
Heat –Our homes are often kept extremely warm through central heating systems. This can pose a threat to the freshness of your tea leaves if they are not stored correctly
Odour –One of the most effective ways to protect the flavour and aroma of your tea is to store it well away from other strong flavoured or scented foods. Never store your tea anywhere near strong spices or herbs. Even other strong teas will affect the integrity of your tea so beware.
Moisture –Moisture is bad for any dried food product, not least tea. Tea has been withered, rolled, oxidised, dried and packaged with the intention of providing the consumer with the perfect tea leaves for your cup. Why would you ruin this in an instance by letting it have contact with moisture? Tea must be stored away from the oven, kettle, and any other forms of moisture and humidity. This can be difficult in kitchens where moisture is inevitable, so a tea caddy really is the perfect answer.