Five Tips for Green Tea Storage

As highlighted in our recent blog post, the freshness of green tea plays a crucial role in ensuring a delightful tea experience. Without proper care, green tea can quickly lose its quality and freshness. Yet, by implementing effective storage methods and taking necessary precautions, you can extend the lifespan of your green tea while preserving its exceptional qualities.
How to store fresh green tea?
Here are some key considerations to keep in mind when it comes to storing green tea.

  • Prevent exposure to moisture:
    • Moisture is the primary adversary of green tea. It can cause oxidation of chlorophyll, resulting in the leaves turning brown and affecting the tea's flavor. Ideally, green tea should be dried to a moisture content of 2% to 3%.
    • To maintain its freshness, store green tea in an environment with around 60% humidity. If the humidity exceeds 70%, there is a risk of mildew due to moisture absorption, leading to acidification and a decline in quality. Especially on cloudy or rainy days, make sure to securely seal the tea bags to shield them from moisture.
  • Avoid high temperature:
    • Elevated temperatures can expedite chemical reactions and lead to the degradation of essential components like amino acids, compromising the quality, aroma, and taste of green tea. Conversely, lower temperatures slow down oxidation. To safeguard the tea's integrity, it is advisable to refrigerate green tea and shield it from excessive heat.

    • Prevent exposure to sunlight:
      • Sunlight accelerates the oxidation process of green tea pigments and esters, leading to the degradation of chlorophyll and a decline in the quality of the tea leaves. To preserve the integrity of green tea, it is recommended to store the tea leaves in opaque packaging, such as aluminum bags or cowhide bags. Both natural and artificial sunlight should be avoided, as they can have a negative impact on the quality of green tea.
      • Avoid oxygen:
        • The compounds present in green tea leaves, such as chlorophyll, aldehydes, esters, and vitamin C, are susceptible to oxidation when exposed to oxygen in the air. This oxidation process causes the green tea leaves to turn red and dark in color, leading to a significant reduction in their nutritional value. Additionally, the original fresh taste of the tea is compromised as a result. It is important to protect green tea from excessive exposure to air in order to maintain its freshness and preserve its beneficial properties.
        • Avoid peculiar smell:
          • Green tea leaves contain macromolecular palm enzymes and terpenes. These substances are extremely unstable in biological activity and can absorb surrounding odors widely. Therefore, when tea leaves are mixed with odorous items for storage, the odor will be absorbed and cannot be removed.
          • Stay away from other smelly foods and items.


        To maximize the health benefits derived from green tea, it is important for one to acquaint themselves with the following suggestions on preserving its freshness.



        • Here are some methods for preserving green tea:
          • Allow newly purchased green tea to settle in a suitable environment for about a week before refrigerating it.
          • Use a thick, opaque plastic bag to store the green tea, ensuring that all air is squeezed out before sealing.
          • Place the sealed plastic bag in a container and seal it, further minimizing the exposure of the tea leaves to air and moisture.
          • Avoid frequently opening the container to maintain a stable environment for the tea.
          • When removing tea from the refrigerator to refill a daily container, let it reach room temperature before opening to prevent condensation and maintain tea quality. Allow at least half a day for the tea to adjust to room temperature before opening.
        • Choose the right tea
          • The quality of tea is determined by its cultivation, harvesting, and processing methods.
          • Opt for naturally grown tea with minimal fertilizer usage. Pay attention to proper harvesting and processing techniques. For the best quality, consider purchasing early spring tea harvested between February and April.

          • Take a look at our tea map to find out which type of tea is perfect for you!
        • Consume in a timely manner:

          • To maintain optimal freshness, it is recommended to drink the tea within a few months. While it is challenging to ensure a completely airtight container, if the tea remains unused after three months, storing it in the freezer is advisable.
          • While green tea never truly goes bad, its flavor may diminish over time. Stale tea can still be used, but it won't be as flavorful as fresh and well-preserved tea. By following the above storage tips, you can enhance and prolong the shelf life of your green tea.
          • It is said that green tea never really goes bad. Stale tea can be used; it's just not as tasty as fresh and properly stored tea. To increase and improve the shelf life of green tea, the above storage tips can be used.
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