Friday, April 10, 2009

Tea Bags and Tea Storage

Tea bags from wikipedia

Tea Bags

In 1907, American tea merchant Thomas Sullivan began distributing tea samples in small bags of Chinese silk with a drawstring. Consumers noticed that they could simply leave the tea in the bag, and better still re-use it with fresh tea. 

Pyramid tea bags

Pyramid tea bag

..introduced by Lipton and PG Tips in 1996. its three-dimensional tetrahedron shape allows more room for tea leaves to expand while steeping. However, some types have been criticized as being un-environmental- friendly, since their synthetic material is not degradable in landfills.

are teabags safe to be used? read about bleached (chlorine-whitened) teabags here and here.


Tea has a shelf life that varies with storage conditions and type of tea. Tea stays freshest when stored in a dry, cool, dark place in an air-tight container. Storage life for all types of tea can be extended by using desiccant packets or oxygen absorbing packets, and by vacuum sealing. Improperly stored tea may lose flavor, acquire disagreeable flavors or odors from other foods, or become moldy.

Black tea has a longer shelf life than green tea. 

Black tea stored in a bag inside a sealed opaque canister may keep for two years. 

Green tea loses its freshness more quickly, usually in less than a year. When storing green tea, discreet use of refrigeration or freezing is recommended. In particular, drinkers need to take precautions against temperature variation.

Some teas such as flower tea may go bad in a month or so. 

An exception, Pu-erh tea improves with age. 

Gunpowder tea, its leaves being tightly rolled, keeps longer than the more open-leafed Chun Mee tea


Anonymous said...

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zee said...

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rayearth2601 said...

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Ninis said...

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