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Tea Box Express Subscription Box Review – January 2016

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Tea Box Express is a monthly box of tea goodies!

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Each month brings a new box that always includes brand-name tea (whole leaf tea, either in loose leaf or pyramid bag form) and three or four tea accessories and paraphernalia.

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This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Subscription Box: Tea Box Express

Cost: $25.50 for month-to-month, $74 for 3 months, and $139 for 6 months. Shipping is $5.99/month.

The Products: 1 quality tea and 3 or 4 accessories per month

COUPON: Save 20% off your first month with coupon code “MSA20”!

Ships To: US

Check out all of our Tea Box Express reviews!


Each box comes with a card that describes the month’s theme and the items in the box.

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Fancy Fortune Cookies Gourmet Fortune Cookies – 3 cookies, value: $2.22 total

What a fun treat! My husband and I really enjoyed these. The far left cookie was a normal fortune cookie but chocolate covered, the middle was red velvet, and the right one was lemon, I think? They were all tasty.

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These were the fortunes! I like “the future is not googleable,” but the last one is, uh,  a little concerning! Haha.

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Village Tea Company Loose Leaf Teasers in Cherry Me Bloom Roobios with Acai – 9 grams, value: $3.25

Village Tea Company Loose Leaf Teasers in Gentle Organic Lemon Ginger Green Tea – 9 grams, value: $3.25

Village Tea Company Loose Leaf Teasers in Sweet Grace Vanilla Roobios – 9 grams, value: $3.25

The packaging for these tea “teasers” is great, and it’s recycled. They’re so cute, and I like that they’re samples – I often can’t get through a whole tin of new tea before getting bored and putting it in the back of the cupboard for a while.

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Here’s what the tea inside looks like.

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Village Tea Company Mobile Tea Pot – value: $24.99

I love getting accessories like this in sub boxes. This “mobile tea pot” is a double-walled water bottle that has a tea infuser mesh top. You put the tea inside the glass, then pour hot water in and put the mesh infuser bit on top. Then, once it’s steeped, you pour it into your mug and enjoy leaf-free! Or, if you’re like me and you often just leave the tea/tea bag in, you can just drink from this and the mesh will strain the leaves from what you sip. This has a nice heavy feel to it, too, so I like the quality.

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Here’s each of the tea pot’s pieces so you can better see what I’m talking about.

Verdict: The value for this month’s Tea Box Express adds up to $37, which is a good value for this box, so I’m happy – especially because I like everything in the box. I think that this box tends to be more about curation and discovery than a huge value, so if you’re considering this sub, just keep that in mind.

What do you think about Tea Box Express?

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Haley, does the infuser bottle’s box indicate whether it is dishwasher safe? I clicked the product description but I can’t tell. So many of these type cups are hand wash only. I feel like I’m on a Holt Grail Quest to find one I don’t have to baby. (Maybe I’m be

    • *being slightly unreasonable, but I guess that’s why it’s a quest!

    • Mine said on the box that it’s not dishwasher-safe. 🙁 I always wonder what that means – like is the printing on it going to wear off sooner? Because I could care less about that. Is the plastic going to break down? Or melt? Why?!!

      • Probably that double walled part. Most cups will get water in between the walls in the dishwasher, I think.

  2. I use the mobile teapot totally differently! I put loose tea in the hollow of the filter, screw on the lid, then fill the whole carafe with hot water, and finally screw on the lid with filter. Then I turn the whole bottle upside down so water is exposed to the tea trapped between the filter and the lid. I let the tea steep for 3-5 minutes (depending on the type of tea).

    When it’s done steeping, I flip the bottle upright again. This separates the tea leaves from the water and stops the brewing process. That way, I can pour out one cup and not worry about the second cup being over steeped. Often, I just sip directly from the bottle.

    Enjoy your teapot however works best for you!

  3. I loved this month’s box. I think the mobile teapot is my favorite thing they’ve ever sent! I also really like the vanilla and cherry teas.

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