How to Store Matcha
Matcha is a very fine and delicate, it has mellow aroma and pleasant sweetness. On the other hand, it's quite "fragile" and will degrade over time. Matcha does not "spoilt" or "expired", it will only degrade and the taste become bitter and color turn brown, but you still can consume it.
There are 5 enemies of matcha : Heat, Humidity, Air, Light, and Smell. Store your matcha in a place that away from these 5 elements.
- Heat: Keep in your matcha away from heat source such as microwave, oven, behind the fridge etc. Keep in the fridge or cool place.
- Air : Make your your matcha packaging is air tight, always keep it in an air tight container.
- Light : Use light-proof container to store your matcha. We saw many other matcha seller store their matcha in transparent bag, this is definitely a NO.
- Humidity : Always keep matcha in a dry place. If you store your matcha in the fridge, make sure you keep it in an air tight container, and wait it warm up to room temperature before opening the container to avoid water form inside the container.
- Smell : Keep away from strong smell
Picture below shows comparison between Shizuoka matcha expose to air for 3 days (right) and fresh Shizuoka matcha (left).
Matcha expose to air will get oxidized pretty quick, make sure you store your matcha in air tight container.
For unopened matcha packaging, matcha can be stored for a year to 1.5 year at lower temperature. If you don't plan to use it for quite a long time, keep it in the freezer.
For opened package/can, consume it within 3 months for it's best taste. If you plan to keep it for long time, keep it in the freezer with air tight container, advised to open the package/can only after it warm up to room temperature.