Field to Cup Tea Explorer Review – August 2017
The Tea Explorer Box sends you 4 loose leaf teas to try (12-14 cups). The teas in the Tea Explorer Box are the same as the teas sent in the Discovery, PLUS, and Premium boxes.
Each tea pouch has the tea description printed on the outside. The pouch shows the specific steeping instructions and 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 for the Tea Explorer, $6.97 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Tea Explorer
The Cost: $6.97 per month
Coupon: Use code MSA50 to save 50% off your first Tea Discovery Box Plus box! (coupon not applicable to the Tea Explorer box)
Every month you’ll receive:
- 5g each of 4 different loose leaf teas, enough for 12-14 cups (0.7 oz of tea)
- Automatic enrollment in Members-only 10% off everything in the store.
- Teas arrive in sealed pouches that protect your tea from moisture and light.
- Monthly Steeping Guide with detailed preparation instructions and more.
- Free Shipping of your Tea Explorer subscription every month.
- Earn discounts (up to 50% off monthly teas) with store purchases and your subscription
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Each box includes a steeping guide for each tea and membership perks.
Mango and Blooms – Black Tea
Field to Cup is definitely responsible for getting me into fruity black teas. I previously associated fruit teas with iced teas that were too sweet and artificial but these are not like that at all! The Mango and Blooms tea is a 3 out of 3 on the caffeine scale and that caffeine is delivered through a really nice mix of sweet and floral notes. I find all of their black teas to be smooth and the mango flavor comes through strong. The vanilla and flower petals add an extra sweetness to the brew which made and sweetener or cream unnecessary. This would make a nice iced tea but I really liked it as a hot brew.
Island Escape – Green Tea
I really enjoy the summery flavors of the last box and this month. Island Escape definitely falls under that category with its simple ingredients: green tea and coconut! It smells like the beach and tastes exactly the way you would expect. This has a shorter steep time and a lower brewing temperature that the other teas. This blend was mild and easy for a refreshing summer tea.
Blood Orange – Black Tea
This was the tea I was most excited to see because I love blood orange but have never tried it outside of its regular form. The ingredients are super straightforward: black tea, orange peel, blood orange, and safflower petals. I love the bright orange color in the tea leaves and the smell is really refreshing. This was a great morning tea for me, especially with the high caffeine content. The orange flavor was strong and a little tart with a nice hint of herbal tea from the safflower. This was one where I added a tiny bit of sweetener to soften the orange a little.
Papaya Kiss – Green Blend
The “blend” part of this tea is referencing the green and white tea. The green tea part is sencha – a type of green tea that has a very grassy scent and classic green tea flavoring. The white tea in this blend is Pau Mu Tan which has a lighter scent and sweeter flavor. These two alone would be an interesting mix but the addition of fruits (strawberry, pineapple, and papaya) and rose petals makes this a more flavorful, summery tea. I tried this as an iced tea which requires patience for the 6-8 hour steeping process. It was worth is though! The mild flavors of the tea mix nicely with the stronger fruit flavors and I would love a huge pitcher of this on a hot day.
Verdict: I always look forward to Field to Cup deliveries and the Tea Explorer option does a nice job of packing a lot of flavor into a smaller box. This month definitely felt like a seasonal sampler, with the emphasis on refreshing fruit flavors. I like that they always include a mix of black and green teas. I expected my favorite to be the Papaya Kiss but I think Blood Orange actually wins that title this month. It was definitely a new flavor for me and an unexpected hit.