Plum Deluxe Subscription Box Review – March 2015
Plum Deluxe is a monthly tea subscription. Every month, they send you hand-blended teas made from ingredients that are from USDA Organic and Fair Trade certified vendors. They offer two subscription plans: the Casual Sipper (one monthly blend of tea, enough for ~15 cups) and the Daily Cuppa (two monthly blends of tea, enough for ~30 cups). Plum Deluxe also creates custom blends for weddings and special occasions.
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The Subscription: Plum Deluxe
The Cost: the Casual Sipper costs $10/month, and you pay for 3 months upfront. The Daily Cuppa costs $18/month, and you pay for 3 months upfront.
The Products: the Casual Sipper subscription package includes 1 oz of one monthly brew, and the Daily Cuppa subscription package includes two monthly brews, 1 oz of each. Each package includes a small sample of another blend, as well.
Ships to: US
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Plum Deluxe also included this sheet, letting us know about some changes they’ve implemented recently. Their basics are all still the same: organic, fair-trade, hand-blended, artisan teas from Portland, Oregon. The new things include the selling of tea accessories (which monthly club members get 15% of), the promotion and highlighting of other small businesses, the inclusion of samples in each month’s batch, and a “tea moments” tasting journal that is sent to all club members for free.
Forest Berry Green Rooibos Tea – 1 oz, value: $6
Oregon Breakfast Decaf Tea – 1 oz, value: $7
This Forest Berry Green Rooibos blend is made with green rooibos tea, raspberry leaves, rose hips, blueberries, hibiscus flowers, apple pieces, cranberries, strawberries, and blue cornflowers. I love how fruity and floral this tea is! It’s great for spring, and I may also try making it into an iced tea.
The Oregon Breakfast Decaf tea is made with honeybush tea, orange peels, hazelnut essence, love, and gratitude. I think the last two ingredients are cute inclusions on the label – especially on a breakfast tea, as a reminder to start the day with love and gratitude.
Tropical Truffle Tea – sample
This tea is made with Ceylon tea, dried coconut, 99% dark chocolate, and natural coconut flavor. This tea is supposed to be romantic. I haven’t brewed it yet, but I love the way the coconut and chocolate smell together! This can definitely be a dessert tea, or just an extra treat for yourself.
Verdict: I really enjoyed this Plum Deluxe delivery. I love knowing that these teas are organic and fair trade, and also that I’m supporting a small business. The packaging is really nice – the hand-stamped pouch is such a great touch and I appreciate that they put a short description and all the ingredients on each pouch. I think all this would also make it a great gift for a friend!
The only thing I struggle with right now is the value, if I’m being honest. The two, 1-oz pouches of tea add up to $13, and the two-teas per month plan costs $18/month – for less than $18 (for $16.50 including shipping, specifically), I could have bought these two teas from their website. You do get the 15% off accessories as a club member, but I don’t think that makes up for the gap to me. I wish they could maybe send 3 oz of tea for that price, or just give me some incentive to get their teas through the membership instead of shopping individually.
What do you think about Plum Deluxe?