How to Store Matcha Powder and How Long It Lasts
There are many reasons to love organic matcha tea, like the kind we offer here at Tenzo Tea, and knowing how to store, mix, and prepare it properly will ensure you can enjoy great flavors and health benefits for as long as possible.
Matcha powder is a versatile, natural, and delicious treat that can inspire and support your physical and emotional health throughout the day. It’s a staple you’ll love to keep in your kitchen pantry and are sure to enjoy in drinks, smoothies, and even desserts. Here’s what you’ll want to know about keeping your matcha fresh—and all the best things you can do with matcha powder today.
What is Matcha Powder?
Matcha tea, made from matcha powder, has a long and beautiful history that dates back thousands of years and weaves through many unique cultures. It first originated in China, but travel and faith brought matcha around the world. Our matcha here at Tenzo Tea comes from Japan, where we believe the very best camellia sinensis, or tea plants, can be found. They have been part of tea ceremonies in the region for many generations and influenced Buddhist monks, Samurai warriors, and many others throughout history.
Matcha is taken from the same plant as green tea, but it differs in many ways through the harvesting and preparation process. Most importantly, the leaves are ground up into a fine powder, which makes it possible for them to be mixed directly into the water, unlike other teas which are steeped and flavor the water. This means that you have a more direct connection with the natural flavoring and ingredients and that you can enjoy the full effects of energy, ease, and focus throughout the day.
Why Drink Matcha Tea
There are many benefits to drinking matcha tea, and you’ll want to drink it all the time after that first try. To start, matcha tea is a low-impact way to get the energy boost you need from your morning coffee or afternoon energy drink without the intense caffeine crashes or the associated side effects of too much caffeine consumption.
It is one of the most caffeine-rich tea options, just under black tea, and can have nearly as much caffeine as a shot of espresso, with around 72 milligrams of caffeine per eight-ounce cup. Thanks to the natural ingredients and method of preparation, the energy boost you feel when you drink matcha tea will last longer and be gentler. That means fewer afternoon crashes, headaches, or digestive issues.
The benefits of matcha tea don’t stop there. It can be helpful in reducing the appearance of blemishes on the skin, can support healthy body function, and can aid in making you feel refreshed and revitalized. Matcha tea has long been used in meditation practices, and because the energy support is subtle and gentle, you’ll feel fewer symptoms of the stress of tension and find it easier to get to sleep at night. All of that can help to add to feelings of peace and restfulness, without taking away from productivity or creativity.
How to Pick the Right Matcha Powder
Here at Tenzo Tea, we want to make it easy to pick the right matcha tea for your lifestyle. There are many different kinds of matcha tea harvested around the world, and you’ll have your pick when it’s time to bake, blend, or enjoy your matcha tea in its basic form.
We took our time and focused our attention on finding the perfect matcha tea blend for all of your health and wellness needs, and it bears a striking similarity to the matcha tea from many generations ago.
To make sure it’s the highest quality possible, we accounted for several important factors, including location, storage, color, and taste. Each can have its own impact on the quality, flavor, and benefits of the matcha tea, and we’re dedicated to bringing you the perfect blend every time.
When it comes to picking the right matcha tea, we hope you’ll turn to Tenzo Tea. Our matcha tea is sourced from Japan and backed by the Japanese Agriculture Stamp. Bright colors and light, aromatic smells can indicate that the matcha powder is high-quality, and that perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors with just a hint of bitterness only shows up in the best mixes. Whether you’re turning to Tenzo Tea or seeking out your own matcha powder mix, you deserve the highest quality products for energy, inspiration, and peace.
How to Store Matcha Powder
Storing matcha tea properly is an essential step to both preserving those delicious scents and flavors, and ensuring that all of the health benefits can still be enjoyed in every sip.
It’s very important that matcha powder is kept in a cool, dark place, in order to maintain its taste, scent, and benefits. Matcha is a very delicate type of tea, due both to the fact that the leaves are harvested young and also because it is ground into a fine powder.
Exposure to light or heat can cause damage to your matcha powder, which is why you’ll want to avoid any glass containers for storage. Many types of genuine Japanese matcha will ship in tins, which can indicate that you are getting high-quality and well-prepared matcha powder. They are also excellent for storage. Find a cool place in the pantry to keep your matcha so it continues to deliver on all the best flavors, scents, and energy-supporting benefits that make this drink so wonderful.
How Long Does Matcha Powder Last?
It’s important to pay attention to the matcha powder storing process because proper storage helps to ensure that your matcha powder will remain fresh and usable for as long as possible.
Matcha powder is technically non-perishable as long as it isn’t opened and can be kept for upwards of a year in a cool, dark environment.
Once you have made that first cup, however, you have about a month to ensure the matcha powder is used at its prime. You may use it a few weeks after that, but there will be a notable difference in flavor, scent, and effects, and it is not recommended that you use matcha open longer than eight weeks.
If you have matcha powder that is beginning to lose its potency, consider unique recipes! Matcha can be used in many baked goods, where it will still give off bold and delicious tastes even if it’s no longer fresh.
What to Make With Matcha Powder?
There are many, many matcha recipes that you’ll want to try, beyond simply enjoying it as a tea. Matcha makes for great flavoring in baked goods, breakfasts, and more, and its versatile nature means you can match it to your diet with ease. Here are just some of our favorite matcha recipes:
Matcha Morning Smoothie: Are you looking for a boost of energy, flavor, and freshness first thing in the morning. Make a matcha smoothie with a teaspoon of matcha powder, your favorite fruits, like mango, banana, and pineapple, and a cup of almond or oat milk.
Matcha Pancakes: Matcha pancakes also call for bananas, which makes them gluten-free and an excellent way to get your serving of fruits and veggies for breakfast. Grab two eggs, matcha powder, and ingredients like honey or cinnamon to flavor to your taste.
Matcha Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies: if you just can’t get enough of your favorite cookies, then you’ll want to try out healthy and delicious matcha mint chocolate chip cookies. They’re gluten-free and made with sweet and delicious flavor combinations from maple syrup, peppermint, dark chocolate, and, of course, matcha.
Matcha Chia Pudding: For a refreshing and delicious sweet treat that delivers on bold spring flavors, try out matcha chia pudding. Make it with maple syrup, vanilla, your favorite berries, and fresh matcha powder today.
Matcha powder is a healthy and delicious treat that you’ll always want to have on hand. Its sweet and bountiful flavors come from the delicate tea leaves and special method of preparation, which makes it especially important to store your matcha powder properly. When you keep matcha powder in a cool, dry environment, it will last longer and maintain more of its great flavors and health benefits, making it easy to enjoy smoothies, teas, lattes, and more.
When you’re ready to begin experimenting with matcha powder in your kitchen, trust the classic ingredients you’ll find here at Tenzo Tea. We’re not just dedicated to helping you find beautiful matcha flavors with a rich history. We also want to ensure that you have the information to store, prepare, and use them with ease. Explore our library of resources and recipes and begin trying out your favorite matcha drinks today.