Some Great Tea Caddy Designs

Great tea caddy designs were once a key feature in the drawing rooms of the upper classes. Back at its peak, the tea caddy was fashioned to be as ornamental as it was useful. Tea was a precious commodity and enjoyed mostly by the aristocracy that could afford the exorbitant prices charged due to the …

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Thoughts on a Chigusa (Tea Storage Jar)

If you'd asked me not so long ago what I knew about ancient Japanese tea jars, I'd pretty much have been stumped. I've been studying and writing about tea for more than eight years. But I don't recall hearing much about these items until I ran across a recent book called The Story of Chigusa: …

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You Know You’ve Stored Your Teas Too Long When…

We all know that storing your teas is a task to be done with care. The nemeses of tea (air, light, moisture, odors, etc.) are constantly on the attack, and so our guard must never be down. Sometimes, though, our best efforts are just not enough. We dig out that tin of Harney and Sons …

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5 Tips for Being Strategic with Your Tea Tin Sizes

Tea storage is an important consideration for any tea drinker. Keeping your tea out of the destructive clutches of light, air, moisture, and extreme temperatures as much as possible is the key to keeping it fresh. While there is a myriad of ways to store your tea, the most common option is the tea tin. …

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Organizing Your Tea Stash

If you’re like me, you enjoy drinking a variety of different teas throughout the day, the week, the month, the year. So you’ve probably got a bunch of teas on hand to choose from – some purchased, others samples, and perhaps a few gifts – depending on what “tea mood” strikes you. Once you start …

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5 No-No’s When Storing Your Flavored Teas

Storing your teas is a tricky business but very important, especially for your more delicate teas. Advice abounds on how to store teas to keep them at their best for as long as possible. Keep them away from light, air, moisture, and heat — these are the basics. But flavored teas are different and therefore …

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Tea Caddies

Since I nagged you all about proper tea storage for an entire article, I think it's only fair to point out some of the compensations of responsible tea leaf stewardship. While the less virtuous amongst us will have a cupboard full of boring boxes and packaging, we who care for our beverages can choose to …

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Tea Storage Thoughts

For many people tea is a drink of convenience analogous to instant coffee. You take a bag out of a box, pour on boiling water, remove the bag and go about your daily business. Tea has been marketed this way so successfully that leaf tea and tea bags are now two completely different products, one …

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Tea Storage Containers

My readers know that I am a stickler for proper tea storage: A tea's flavor is easily compromised by exposure to air, moisture and other smells. In fact, teas can get contaminated by the scent of other teas and tisanes. To protect your teas, keep both your loose leaf and bagged teas in airtight storage …

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Tea Chests — Ahoy!

  Ahoy, tea mateys, get those sea chests loaded up for adventure. Oh, wait, that’s tea chests. Gee, the difference a letter makes. Never mind, though, you can load up that tea chest and have a great TEA adventure. No Dramamine needed. The tea chests of today are quite different from those of yesteryear. This …

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