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Storing tea

by alix » Mar 3rd 16 7:31 pm

I take the tea in a tin boxes with two hermetic lids.
It's good but the boxes occupy a lot of space.
A friend of mine has invented a tea library: he leaves the tea inside the package and put the package inside rectangular cardboard boxes as books.

Very good idea safe space but I have a question and perplexity...

can keep the tea fresh and good in the packaging?

Sorry for my bad english!

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Re: Storing tea

by miig » Mar 3rd 16 8:43 pm

That depends on the tea, green tea, especially from Japan, will age quickly once the pack is opened, other teas will last longer.
It also depends on the climate: Colder is better, less humidity is good, too, but too little of it can ruin the tea as well.
I store tea in packs and these in cardboard boxes, works well for me. But Southern Germany has a different climate from Italy, it will depend on the region, too.

Storage is a controversial topic, if you search the forum, you'll be able to read through hours of discussions on that subject.

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Re: Storing tea

by alix » Mar 4th 16 9:53 pm

Thank you

Someone say: doypack zip /vacuum is better than tin box.
Inside box can be to much air than doypack.

Other people say: doypack not good because there are not air and with no air can grow the mold

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Re: Storing tea

by miig » Mar 5th 16 10:51 am

It very much depends on the tea. For most teas (black tea, green tea...) you'll indeed want not much air inside your packaging.

As far as mold is concerned, its more a question of how much humidity is inside a pack. If you store away a humid tea, it will get moldy, in a doypack or in a box. The more humid a region, the bigger the problem - Most people here store all their tea in doypacks, and never had any mold. Of course, these should be in a dry place, and not in the kitchen, basement etc, where the air is humid.

Other, rather special teas ("Puerh") will mature like tobacco, wine or cheese. For this to occur, a certain airflow is required, but the opinions on the how-to differ wildly, and I presume that you're concerned about more "classic" teas, right?

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Re: Storing tea

by alix » Mar 8th 16 10:50 am

I speak about oolong and black tea

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Re: Storing tea

by steanze » Mar 8th 16 3:10 pm

Here is roughly what I do:
yancha and dancong: heat seal in 50gr. portions in mylar bags on a dry day
green rolled oolong: vacuum seal in 50gr. portions
roasted rolled oolong: store in non-airtight container in a dry place when it's very young to let the roast settle, then move to airtight container for longer term storage
black tea: vacuum seal in 50gr. portions

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Re: Storing tea

by miig » Mar 8th 16 9:16 pm

Wow, fancy!

Here's what I do: Take the tea, put it in an airtight bag or can. Put this into a cardboard box, and the box into the cabinet. Done :mrgreen:

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Re: Storing tea

by steanze » Mar 8th 16 9:53 pm

Actually mylar bags are cheap and the heat sealer too. Green oolongs and red teas usually come well packed so it's enough to not open too many at the same time. It's pretty simple :)
I went for the airtight container strategy until I started having too many types of dancong and yancha and bags just became more convenient.