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Tea Storage Options

by spittingoutteeth » Jan 25th 10 6:35 pm

Just wondering what everyone uses to store their teas. I used to just keep all of mine in the bags they came in, but I've recently opted for storing them in these small metal spice canisters:

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The canisters are also magnetic on the bottom, even though I don't put that feature to use. As you can see, the top of the canister is translucent plastic, so you can see the tea inside. As a result, I usually keep all of my canisters covered in small wooden boxes so that they are not exposed to light often.

So far, it seems like a convenient, cheap (canisters are only $3 each) and space-saving way to store teas, especially seeing as I rarely buy more than 50g of any type at one time. The clear tops also make for a nice visual presentation when someone comes to my house and wants to choose a tea to drink.

How does everyone else tend to store their teas?

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by Chip » Jan 25th 10 7:13 pm

Mod edit: moved this to Teaware and Accessories where it will be more at home and get more play.

There are some other pretty animated topics on storage as well.

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by olivierco » Jan 25th 10 7:56 pm

For storing my tea, I chose a nicer looking but somewhat more expensive option:

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by spittingoutteeth » Jan 25th 10 8:00 pm

Those are gorgeous containers....where did you find them?

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by olivierco » Jan 25th 10 8:06 pm

Mostly on ebay (patience is needed) and some specialized stores as Rikyucha

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by Oni » Jan 25th 10 8:30 pm

I wanted to ask those of you who own wooden japanese (sakura bark) tea canisters, does it affect the tea, does it store it properly, does it improve taste, is there something other than aestetics that justifies buying them?

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by olivierco » Jan 25th 10 8:58 pm

Oni wrote:does it improve taste?
I don't believe in magic and don't see why a Japanese green's taste should be improved unless the tea isn't a high quality one.
Oni wrote:does it affect the tea?
No
Oni wrote:does it store it properly?
Yes
Oni wrote:is there something other than aesthetics that justifies buying them?
Some claim (mostly vendors or people convinced by them) the tea stored in those canisters is better preserved than in other types. I don't let Japanese greens sit long enough in a canister to actually verify it anyway.

My first reason to buy a canister is that it stores well the tea, the second reason is that it looks great.

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by edkrueger » Jan 25th 10 9:20 pm

The bark container don't work as well as regular storage tins.

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by Tead Off » Jan 27th 10 4:04 pm

I strongly suspect that wood is not exactly airtight, but, some may be better made than others. In any case, those are beautiful, Olivierco.

I do believe one of the benefits of getting tea out of their bags is so they can actually get some air. Not for months and months but a couple of days out of their bags usually bring more aroma from the dry leaf. I've had several teas that tasted much better after removing them from their bags and putting them into tea caddies.

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by robmatys » Feb 28th 12 9:39 pm

spittingoutteeth wrote:Just wondering what everyone uses to store their teas. I used to just keep all of mine in the bags they came in, but I've recently opted for storing them in these small metal spice canisters:

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The canisters are also magnetic on the bottom, even though I don't put that feature to use. As you can see, the top of the canister is translucent plastic, so you can see the tea inside. As a result, I usually keep all of my canisters covered in small wooden boxes so that they are not exposed to light often.
Where did you find these canisters? I'm looking for something similar and affordable for the meantime.

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by Chip » Feb 28th 12 9:55 pm

Rob, I prefer this sample size canister with a full metal lid and have purchased several cases from Upton over the years. Last time I looked when puchased by the case they were around 60 cents each.

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Re: Tea Storage Options

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by BreatheEasy » Mar 1st 12 4:04 am

YES! I have been dying to find the name of that site^^

I stumbled upon it many months ago and I could not, for the life of me, remember what it was called nor could I find it again. THANKS! :mrgreen:

Hope their products are good though.

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by JRS22 » Mar 1st 12 12:52 pm

I probably learned this from Chip - 3 Upton sample tins fit nicely into a tall washi canister. This keeps a bag of Japanese greens extra fresh, as only one tin at a time is exposed when I prepare tea.

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Re: Tea Storage Options

by Edeuinu » Mar 5th 12 12:43 pm

@BreatheEasy no problem! I have the larger squared off ones, give you a lot of room and easy to scoop out of. Only downer on that site is shipping, I think the minimum is $10 for just one item, but, at $1-$2 for a nice sized tin isn't bad.