茶筒 (chazutsu)

Japanese Tea Caddy, The Cylindrical Secret

Beautiful tea tin caddies always decorate your kitchen nicely. There are so many colours and designs. Tea caddy is not only a pretty object but also is a perfect storage to keep proper conditions of temperature, humidity, light and odour for tea leaves.

A square tea caddy is the most familiar shape in the UK. This is because tea a square is the best shape for transporting as many amounts of teas as possible. Square caddies can be piled up without dead space in a carrier.

Japanese tea caddy is always round shape which is called CHAZUTSU (茶筒). Here is the cylindrical secret. Japan is a highly humid country so that there should be extra care to protect Japanese teas from moisture. A cylindrical caddy repellents moisture more than a square caddy as moisture tends to stay in corners of boxes. A cylindrical caddy let tea leaves rustle inside constantly.

Also, a round shape is stronger than square. Round shape let damages escape so that doesn’t get deformed easily. When a square tin caddy is damaged, it deforms and tends to have a gap in between the lid and the caddy which causes deterioration of tea leaves quickly.

Let cylindrical caddies decorate your kitchen beautifully and keep tea leaves nice and fresh!