There are four things that can damage your tea over time:
However you store tea, you have to avoid these four things. Here are some guidelines you can follow to keep your tea fresh and full of flavour for as long as possible.
1. Store in an air-tight container, shielded from light.
2. Store in a cool place, ideally a refrigerator. But be careful if you do not have an air-tight container as there is the chance that the tea will take up odours from other foods, as well as humidity, which would achieve a counter-effect.
Green and oolong teas are a bit more sensitive than black tea or herbal tea, but the above guidelines will help you to store most teas for as long as possible.
Green tea and oolong, if stored well, keep for about a year. However Matcha is more sensitive and deteriorates faster; you should ideally use your Matcha within 1-3 months of opening. It would not go bad after this time, but the taste might be compromised. Before it's open, and if frozen or refrigerated, it keeps for about a year.
Black and herbal teas are sturdier and can keep for well over a year, but it is still worth storing them correctly as they will taste fresher this way.
If you do not store tea in an air-tight container, make sure you keep it away from strong odours, otherwise you might get an unpleasant surprise in your cup!
As a note, all our teas are packaged in opaque resealable bags and contain a small oxygen absorbent sachet, for ultimate freshness.