The first containers used for the domestic storage of tea were the jars and bottles that arrived from China with shipments of tea. They were usually small, round-bellied, covered jars, often in typical oriental blue and white porcelain, with cup-shaped lids that were used to measure the tea leaves into the pot. Gradually, European jars and boxes were developed in a wide range of shapes and sizes - round, square, and cylindrical boxes, jars and bottles, in silver, crystal, stoneware, and wood.
The word "caddy" was not used until the end of the eighteenth century when the Malay word kati - denoting a measure of approximately 1 pound 5 ounces--was adopted into English, Early eighteenth-century boxes, called tea chests, had two or three separate compartments for different teas and sometimes also for sugar. All were lockable and the keys were guarded by the lady of the house whose responsibility it was to brew the tea for family and guests. The tea was far too precious and expensive to risk leaving in the charge of the servants, so the caddy stayed in the family drawing room.
During the late eighteenth century and through the nineteenth, chests and caddies were made from a wide variety of materials including rare woods, silver; tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, ivory, porcelain, and crystal. The Chinese had started producing fruit-shaped containers earlier in the eighteenth century, and English and German wooden imitations appeared as pears, apples, strawberries, eggplants, pineapples, and cantaloupes. Some were painted but most were varnished and their loose-fitting, hinged lids opened to reveal the foil-lined cavity that held the tea. As the price of tea decreased toward the end of the nineteenth century, the use of lockable caddies declined and leaves which had held pride of place in valuable ornate boxes and chests on mantle shelves and sideboards in refined drawing rooms and private boudoirs were relegated to more cheaply produced tins and boxes that were stored in the kitchen.
The earliest caddy spoons were long-handled ladles made for use with box-like tea chests. From about 1770, short-stemmed caddy spoons began to appear, designed to fit into shorter, dumpier caddies and often in the form of a miniature scallop shell. This motif originates from the fact that oriental merchants always placed a real scallop shell in the top of tea chests to provide potential purchasers with a scoop for taking samples from the chest before deciding to buy. Spoons have been manufactured in the form of leaves, acorns, salmon, thistles, and shovels, but the most popular have always been the shell, the jockey's cap, the hand, and the eagle's wing. The "caddee shell" motif also often appears on teaspoons, tea strainers, and sugar tongs.
A tea caddy is a box, jar, canister, or other receptacle used to store tea.
A tea caddy: a must-have item for anyone thinking of buying and storing loose leaf tea. And, if you decide to buy a tea caddy online, we offer a large selecetion.
Why is the tea caddy so important? because the quality and the flavour of your loose leaf tea depends on how you store it. Tea leaves will easily absorb other aromas. Put them in your tea caddy, and they will never be the same again. That is why an airtight tea caddy is essential, when it comes to preserving the flavour of your tea.
For the texture, tea caddy are generally made of tin, iron, ceramics, porcelain, glass, paper, etc. If you need stored the tea leaves in porcelain tea caddy, the caddy with smaller mouth and larger abdomen will be better.
Our tea caddies has good sealing effect and never fade. The appearance can form various patterns and show the elegance of tea caddy after coloring. It is a practical and collectible high-level daily necessities, and it is the best choice for you to present as a give to relatives and friends.
In ancient times, ceramic containers were used to store tea, while tin containers were also used in wealthy families to store tea leaves. Modem package of tea leaves are use tin foil paper to pack the tea leaves inside, which achieve better sealing effect. Most of tea houses, tea leaves is filled in large glass bottles, which makes the customers can see the appearance of tea leaves clearly.
Tea leaves is a kind of dry food, it is easy to absorb moisture and produce qualitative change, it has strong adsorption of moisture and odor, and the aroma is easy to volatilize. When the tea is not store properly, it will cause biochemical reactions and microbial activities under the action of moisture, temperature and humidity, which will make the tea’s quality change. Therefore, there are certain requirements for the container and the method of storage.
The Styles of Tea Caddy
It is important to store quality tea leaves in a quality tea caddy, especially fresh and tender green tea, which requires higher preservation. If you use a bad tea caddy, the nutrition and taste will be lost, and it is easy to deteriorate. It will cause a wast for good tea leaves, this is unable to tolerate for tea lovers. Generally, the tea caddy should have good sealing, good moisture-proof, anti light, anti odor, anti-oxidation performance, such a tea caddy is a good tool for storing tea. Now, tea caddy can be divided into the following categories:
1. Purple Clay tea Caddy: because the purple clay is double pore structure, it is porous material. It can be used to store tea and keep tea fresh.
2. Wooden Tea Caddy. It has good sealing performance, and the price is reasonable, suitable for common tea storage, but it is not moisture-proof.
3. Paper Tea Caddy. Sealing performance is not good, but the price is much lower, it suitable for common family use. It is not suitable to use this kind of tea caddy to store more valuable tea and long-term preservation.
4. Stainless Steel Tea Caddy. Good sealing performance, medium price, good moisture and light proof performance, suitable for family storage tea leaves.
5. Tin Tea Caddy. Sealing performance, light proof, moisture-proof, anti odor performance is good, suitable for storing more valuable tea leaves. The price is generally higher, but it is good for storage.
6. Bamboo Tea Caddy. Sealing performance is not good, the price is reasonable, suitable for storing middle and low grade tea.
7. Porcelain Tea Caddy. General sealing performance, good light and moisture resistance. But it is easy damage, but the storage is rather good.
8. Iron Tea Caddy. General sealing performance, good light proof performance, but the moisture-proof performance is poor. It may be rust for use a long time. It is not suitable for storing rare tea.
How to Store the Tea Leaves?
1. Famous tea. It is the most easily stale tea, and it is easy to aging and lose the luster and unique aroma. If you want to store your famous tea well, especially famous green tea, such as Longjing tea and Dongting Biluochun tea, you can use quick lime moisture absorption storage method. It need select sealed containers (such as earthen jars, earthen jars or tins with no peculiar smell), pack a block of quicklime in the cloth bag and put into the container, pack the tea in the kraft paper bag and put into the container too, seal the container mouth, and place the container in a cool and dry environment.
2. Jasmine Tea. It is the reprocessed tea of green tea. Its water content is more than that of black tea, and it is easy to deteriorate. When storing it, you should pay attention to moisture-proof, light-proof and odor free. It should be stored in a cool, dry and odorless environment as far as possible.
3. Yellow tea, black tea and oolong tea. Compared with green tea, it is easier to store. Generally, it can be placed in a closed dry container, which can be kept away from light, high temperature and odor for a long time.
Our tea caddy will also protect your tea from moisture, and from the sunlight that may otherwise cause it to fade. What's more, if you buy a tea caddy from us, you can rest assured that all our tea caddies will be made from a non-contaminating material.
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