Over the past few millennia, tea crafters have developed myriad ways of drying and preserving the leaves to increase the shelf life of the finished tea. First, leaves were steamed and compressed, then dried and powdered, and today they are withered and fired, with each step removing more moisture. But any tea requires proper storage for the best flavor, no matter how well they’re preserved in crafting. Green teas are especially prone to losing flavor, since they don’t go through additional withering during the oxidation process.
So what is the best way to store tea leaves, in order to keep them as fresh as possible? In the simplest terms, tea leaves are best kept away from light, air, and moisture.Continue reading