Matcha is a very popular green tea product in Japan. Its leaves are hand-picked, then ground into a fine powder in order to yield the best possible taste and benefits. The quick steeping process (just for three seconds) makes it an excellent source of antioxidants and other nutrients with low caffeine content.
A common concern with matcha is whether it can go bad.
This article will explore what causes matcha to go bad, how long the quality of the drink lasts, and how to store it properly so that you can enjoy a fresh cup long after it’s been opened.
Does Matcha Go Bad?
Yes, matcha does go bad. When matcha goes bad, it’s usually due to being exposed to air or humidity over time.
It can also be spoilt by bacteria-like mold or fungi which will produce hazardous toxins in your drink. This is due to not storing them properly.
How Long Does Matcha Last?
Matcha is a type of green tea powder that can be stored for a long time, as long as it’s sealed properly. However, once you open the jar and expose it to air it will be exposed to light and heat.
Matcha has a long shelf life – it can last up to 3 years. Since there is no preservative, the quality of the matcha often declines over time.
For best flavor and quality, matcha should be consumed within one year. If you’re looking for a longer-term storage option, we recommend sealing the jars with plastic wrap or foil after opening them so that they remain completely sealed.
How to Store Matcha
Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder that has been used in Japan for centuries. It is a natural antioxidant and has a high amount of EGCG. However, like many other delicate teas and powders, it can become damaged if not stored properly.
Here are some tips on how to store matcha:
1. Before storing matcha, make sure it is completely dry and cool to the touch.
2. Place matcha in an airtight container with a lid or wrap it in paper towels and place in an airtight bag before placing it into storage.
3. Make sure the container you choose is the right size to store the matcha.
4. Always use glass jars or ceramic containers rather than plastic or metal.
How to Tell If Matcha Is Bad?
Matcha is a type of green, finely ground powder made from roasted ceremonial grade green tea leaves and shade-grown rice, which is prepared as a hot drink.
Signs that matcha might be bad:
– Matcha clump together.
– Liquid sits at the bottom of the cup after brewing as if it was overcooked or not steeped enough.
– Small bits of leaves have been left behind on the inside of the cup.
One of the most important things when buying matcha is to check if the product is bad or not. If you bought a bad batch, then you might start to experience some of these bad signs:
– The color of matcha changes from green to yellow
– The matcha turns hard and clumps together
– The smell becomes off and unpleasant
How To Keep Matcha Fresh Longer
While the matcha powder is fresh, it can last up to six months. However, once the matcha has been left to stand undisturbed in an open container for too long, it will begin to lose its flavor.
To keep matcha fresh for a longer time you need to follow these tips:
- Store your matcha in an airtight container away from sunlight, water, or heat.
- Use a cloth or paper instead of plastic wrap when storing your matcha in the fridge because plastic will absorb odors and cause them to permeate throughout the product.
- Don’t leave it on a hot surface such as a laptop or car dashboard.
Can expired matcha make you sick?
The expired matcha will most likely become stale. When it does, the flavor will diminish and the aroma won’t be there.
As long as the matcha powder doesn’t have any mold in it, using expired matcha will not make you sick.