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How to Store Tea Leaves

Tea produced in the Tang dynasty in China (618-907) is called “brick tea”, and was moulded into a disc shape and dried. “Brick tea” is still drunk by people in Mongolia, and some Chinese teas, like pu-erh tea, are also kinds of brick tea.

Tea had to be transported long distances across China, and this moulded tea was doubtless more convenient than tea leaves.Japanese people drink both powdered green tea (matcha) and steeped green tea (sencha).

For powdered tea, tea leaves are stored in jars and are ground into powder just before serving. On the other hand, tea leaves for steeped green tea are stored in special boxes lined with metal.

Methods of storing tea leaves have been devised to enable long distance transportation and to exclude damp.

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