Field To Cup Tea Subscription Box Review + Coupon – April 2017
Field to Cup is a tea discovery service that sends you 7 high-quality loose leaf teas to try every month (28+ cups). Each box includes a steeping guide for each tea and membership perks.
Each tea comes in a resealable pouch that has the tea description printed on the outside. The pouch shows the specific steeping instructions for each tea blend and it includes cold brew instructions for each blend!
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
This review is of the Discovery Plus, $29.97 a month, box.
The Box: Field to Cup Tea Discovery Plus Box
The Cost: $24.97 for the Tea Discovery Box, $29.97 for the Tea Discovery Plus Box, and $39.97 for the Premium Tea Discovery Box.
COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save $20 (65% off) on your first month when you subscribe to the Tea Discovery Plus box!
The Products: 7 loose leaf teas (10gr each), 1 Customer Favorite tea: select from Green, Black or Herbal/Wellness (2oz), members-only 40% off teas from the current box, and a steeping guide with preparation instructions.
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Earl de Creme – Black Tea
The Earl de Creme was a nice blend to start off this box. It’s a simple black tea with bergamot essence and blue mallow flowers. The blue flowers were so pretty in the loose tea leaves! The flavor of this was creamy with a hint of citrus from the bergamot. I really enjoyed the Grey Day tea from last month’s box and this reminded of that, just slightly creamier. This blend had a quick steep time of four minutes at 205°. This was a nice tea for breakfast with a three out of three on the caffeine scale.
Stomach Soother – Wellness Tea
This month’s Wellness tea had a longer steep time of six minutes and a zero out of three on the caffeine scale. This blend has an interesting scent from the anise, fennel, ginger, peppermint, skullcap, slippery elm, and spearmint. Slippery elm is supposed to help with various digestive problems and the skullcap is meant to helming will inflammation and anxiety. I’m not the biggest fan of anise and fennel but the blend of other ingredients kept the tea from feeling overpowered by a single ingredient. The ginger (maybe a bit of the anise) was a slightly sharp flavor but it still blended nicely. A tiny amount of sweetener could also soften the bite of ginger if it feels too strong.
Toffee Break – Rooibos Tea
Toffee Break is a caffeine-free rooibos tea with a really simple list of ingredients – rooibos and calendula petals. This has a steep time of five minutes and a brew temperature of 205°. This smells like a delicious piece of toffee and immediately made me think of Christmas. While the scent did remind me of holidays, I can find a way to enjoy toffee all year round. 🙂 I was excited to find that, while the scent was really sweet, the flavor wasn’t overwhelming. There was a natural creaminess to this blend that I really loved. This is a nice evening tea because it taste like a dessert but there’s no caffeine and the natural sweet flavor means no added sugar!
Nuts for Lychee – Black Tea
Lychee has a nice, summery flavor so I was intrigued by the idea of pairing it with a black tea. This has a three out of three on the caffeine scale and a four minute steep time at 205°. For a black tea, this has a very light taste and it reminds me a lot of a pear tea. The lychee had a bit of sweetness to it and was one of my favorites in the box – both hot and iced.
Houjini – Green Tea
This tea comes in as a one out of three on the caffeine scale and a quick steep time of three minutes. This also requires a lower brewing temperature than most of the tea in this box at 175°. The steeping instructions also specify to pour the boiling water in the cup first, then add the tea. The only ingredient in this blend is roasted bancha. The flavor of this tea is very mild and relaxing. The woodsy scent of the dried tea carried over into the brew and flavor. I’m often tempted to try green teas iced but I think the earthiness of this green tea was really suited to a hot brew. I think this is the first time I’ve had a tea from Field to Cup where the suggested addition section said: “add: nothing”. I have to agree, this blend was unique and interesting enough without any sweetener or creamer.
Vanilla + Cream – Black Tea
Field to Cup always does a nice job of including one or two blends that have more traditional flavors and the Vanilla + Cream tea fell into that category for me. This black tea brews at 205° for four minutes and is comprised of black tea, calendula, jasmine, and sunflower petals. To me, this tasted like a nice black tea with the right amount of creamer already added. The creamy vanilla flavor was bold without being sickly sweet. This black tea scores a three out of three on the caffeine scale and was a nice everyday tea for me.
Razzmatazz – Fruit Tea
The color of this tea is really vibrant! With a five minute brew time, the water deepens to a pretty ruby quickly. This brew is a zero out of three on the caffeine scale. This blend contains apple, reship, orange peel, and hibiscus petals. The taste is very smooth and mild. For me, the floral flavor came through the most with a faint citrus and apple taste following. The citrus cutting through the floral flavors left the perfect amount of sweetness for me.
Melon Melody – White Tea
Every time I get a Field to Cup box I think a few of the teas would be great iced but I rarely actually make them as iced teas. This seemed too perfect so I actually followed the cold brew instructions. To cold brew this you simply add cool water to the tea leaves and let it sit for 6-8 hours. I let this brew overnight and strained it in the morning. This white tea is a 1 out of 3 on the caffeine scale and includes white tea, honeydew flavor, calendula, and cornflower petals. This tastes just like biting into a melon and it was awesome over ice. I added the tiniest bit of sweetener to this and it was perfect on a hot day. I think the sweetness of this melon tea would also be great as a hot tea.
Fruit Stand – Black Tea
My larger pouch this month was a fruit tea! Before Field to Cup, I didn’t buy a ton of fruit tea because I always assumed it would be too sweet but I’ve been enjoying their selections. This has a short steep time of four minutes at 205°. This is a black tea and I’ve always found their black teas to be really nice and smooth. This fits that description – the base of this tea is great. The rest of the ingredients include strawberry pieces and peach crunch which is concentrated peach puree, tangerine, strawberry juice, and black carrot juice. The strawberry and peach flavors come through and are strong but not overly sweet. The difference between this and the other fruit tea (Razzmatazz) is that this has a black tea base so it definitely has a little more depth. The fruit is a nice addition to the black tea instead of being the main event. Plus, this has a three out of three on the caffeine scale so it packs more of a punch!
Verdict: There was a nice mix of flavors in this month’s Field to Cup box. I enjoyed the various fruit flavors because it felt very season appropriate and it was interesting to see these flavors in a white, black, and fruit tea blend. My favorites this month were the Houjini, Toffee Break, and Melon Melody. Those were the most interesting and new flavors for me. I also really enjoyed the more standard flavors of the Vanilla + Cream and Earl de Creme teas. As always, this felt like a nice mix of familiar and new flavors.
What do you think of Field to Cup? What’s your favorite tea this month?