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Tea Bags Vs Tea Leaves: Which Lasts Longer?
By Emily Price
Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It’s actually so popular that the only beverage consumed more around the world is water.
All tea comes from leaves, either in the form of a tea bag or whole tea leaves, which may lead one to wonder if one variety lasts longer than the other.
Tea bags and tea leaves will both lose their flavor eventually, but fermented and intact leaves will last a longer time.
The tea in bags has dust and fannings, or smaller particles of tea that are exposed to more oxygen than whole-leaf tea, which can diminish the flavor.
You can expect tea bags to last three to four months in the original bag, but up to a year if stored away from moisture, heat, and light.
Properly stored loose leaf tea can last up to two years in a tightly sealed can. However, tea bags are easier to use and typically result in a stronger cup of tea.