Tea is susceptible to air, moisture, light and heat. If exposed to any of these elements for even a fairly short time, tea will begin to degrade. The most effective way to keep your tea fresh is to use a storage container that is tightly sealed against air and moisture, and also keeps all light out. A tea tin is ideal, but it must have a tight fitting lid. A ceramic canister is also fine, again as long as the lid is snug. Glass containers are usually not the best choice because they allow light in. Whatever container you choose, be sure not to store it near heat (such as a stove) or in a window where it will bake in the sun.
We package ArtfulTea in bags or tins. The bags are specially made, three-ply bags that keep moisture, air and light out as long as they are properly closed. Your tea will be fine in one of these bags for several months. ArtfulTea is also available in reusable tins (with a special, snug lid!) for more permanent tea storage. Consider ordering your first batch of ArtfulTea in the tin, and when you re-order choose bags for decanting into the tin!