Ways to extend the life of your Japanese tea leaves!
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WHY DOES TEA DETERIORATE?
HOW LONG CAN JAPANESE TEAS BE KEPT OPEN FOR?
HOW ARE TEAS STORED GENERALLY?
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF USING TEABAGS?
Tea leaves need space to open, breath & release their components, they cannot do this efficiently when brewed inside a narrow enclosure such a teabag. While how good a brew tastes doesn’t only depend on where it was brewed, the quality of tea is a really important factor, by moving the tea out from teabags & brewing it in teapots we are already improving our brew considerably. Another reason to take into account to support our argument against the use of teabag is the number of unwanted chemicals such as bleaches & small particles contained in the materials used to manufacture the teabags themselves. These undesirable chemicals could not only affect the taste of the brew but could also be damaging our bodies if ingested. In 2019, a group of Canadian scientists found out that plastic teabags shed billions of micro-plastic particles into the brew. These particles could be harmful to the human body. While more research is needed on this topic, it is advisable to skip using plastic teabags altogether.
Some people would argue that teabags can be recycled. This also became a hot topic since, tea bags in 2017, a farmer in Wales noticed that a white substance was present in his compost. Upon further investigation, he found out it was the polypropylene that was being used to seal the teabags. According to the manufacturers, the use of such chemical substance helps to make the teabags stronger & less likely to break down during the brewing. Some teabags might contain up to 25% of polypropylene, if we take into account the number of teabags used around the world, this is a lot. In fact, even 1% would be too much since something used to brew a beverage that will be consumed by living beings should contain ZERO amount of plastics. Many companies raced to change the materials used in their teabags production as soon as the research got published. However, by improving the materials, or by making the teabags bigger, the taste of the brew doesn’t improve. The tea leaves still do not open properly cramped inside the teabags, the tea contained inside the teabags is for the most part still of low quality & also, a large amount of waste is generated.
SO ARE THERE WAYS TO KEEP JAPANESE TEAS FRESH FOR LONGER?
JAPANESE GREEN TEAS
JAPANESE BLACK TEAS
JAPANESE WHITE TEAS
JAPANESE OOLONG TEAS
POST FERMENTED JAPANESE TEAS
These teas do not need to be kept in the fridge. The same as the black or pan fried teas, keep them away from light, heat, moisture, odours. If you want to age them, it is recommended to keep them in opaque ceramic/clay jars (for instance) & to cover them with a clean cloth. Since aging teas is an interesting topic I would like to do more research on I will write an article about it in the future. These types of Japanese teas are rare. For this reason, I haven’t had the chance to run different tests with them. I will be able to do so in the future & might be updating this article by then.
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