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Boxwalla Food Subscription Box Review – August 2017

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This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea!

Boxwalla is a subscription box company dedicated to introducing subscribers to the best in food, books, film, and green beauty. They curate bi-monthly boxes in each of those four categories. Boxwalla’s Food Box introduces subscribers to gourmet food products from small-batch producers across the US. The curators at Boxwalla seek out the best American artisanal products to share with their subscribers.

This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea!

Boxwalla has beautiful packaging. Their boxes are sturdy and beautiful, and they’re crafted from tree-free paper by a small company in Rajasthan, India.

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This review is of the Boxwalla Food, $49.95 a month, box. The cutoff date for each box is the 15th of the preceding month.

This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea!

The Subscription Box: Boxwalla’s Food Box

The Cost: $49.95

The Products: “Ridiculously delicious food products made in small batches in the U.S.A.”

Ships to: Ships free to U.S. only. (Note that other Boxwalla boxes can be shipped internationally for an additional fee.)

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This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea!

Boxwalla calls this their “My Mornings with Matcha” box. Most of my experience with this unique version of green tea is via Starbucks, which is probably not super authentic. I love that this card gives this increasingly popular tea some context, with a history, some notes on preparation options, and information on the purveyors whose products are featured in this box.

This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea! This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea! This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea! This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea!

Ketti Kiwami Matcha, 20 g – Value $42.00

I’ve never paid more than $10 for tea, so I was sure that this small container worth $42.00 was going to be a high-quality offering guaranteed to please. This box has a way of presenting the items inside as little delicacies deserve to be appreciated with intention. It reminds me of how wine boxes help me stop and really absorb all of the nuances of different wines. If I was just enjoying this at a cafe, I might not have stopped to really understand all of the flavors at work here. At first, the taste is grassy and almost elusive, but as it spreads over my tongue, it becomes far bolder. It’s got an earthy bitterness to it, almost like really really dark chocolate does, but the most pervasive flavor is the intense flavor of the green tea. The best way I can describe it is that it tastes like a fresh-cut lawn smells right after a rainstorm. It’s probably an acquired taste, but if you have an open mind, it’s absolutely awesome.

I will say the info card talks a lot about the appropriate temperature of water to use in the various recipes and mentions that you should use a bamboo whisk. I don’t have a good way of measuring water temperature nor a bamboo whisk, so I’ve been doing the “usucha” or thin tea version, heating water just short of boiling, and just using a regular whisk in lieu of a bamboo one. I know there’s a bamboo scoop in this box (more on that in a bit), but I kind of wish there was a whisk, too!

This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea!

Matcha Source Gotcha Matcha Cafe Grade Matcha Tea, 5 servings – Value $2.95 (Buy 100 servings for $59.00 at Matcha Source)

This bag contains a slightly less fancy version of matcha that is probably more appropriate for everyday smoothies, lattes, and more. It was grassy, just like the other brand, but I found this type to have a natural sweetness to it (in the way that butter or milk has an extremely subtle sweetness, rather than the way a dessert might). As with wine, I’m aware of the differences between this matcha and the high-end stuff, but not so much that I feel like I’m missing anything when I whip up a cup with this brown-paper pack.

This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea! This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea! This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea! This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea! This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea!

Matcha Source even included a little booklet (and a coupon) about how to prepare and store matcha. (For instance, it goes in the fridge between uses, which I never would’ve guessed.)

The info card listed this product at a slightly higher price than what I calculated using the bulk bag I found on the Matcha Source site, but maybe that’s due to a packaging difference, etc.

This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea! This Boxwalla Food Box is all about exploring the world of matcha green tea!

Bamboo Chashaku – Value $6.00

This little scoop is used to gather the perfect little doses of matcha. Depending on the kind of matcha you’re preparing, you can also use it to “knead” liquid into the matcha powder. I feel like a matcha pro wielding this gracefully formed little stick!

Verdict: The value of this matcha box is $50.95, which puts it just above the cost of the box ($49.95 + free shipping). On one hand, you could say that’s a lot of money to spend on tea. But on the other, this is a really lovely, beautifully curated experience that shines a light on a unique food that I may never have taken the time to fully appreciate nor explore without this box. I do think you have to be a true foodie to make this box really worth it, but if you are someone who loves food and food culture, I feel pretty confident that you won’t be disappointed. And as with most Boxwalla boxes, I just love the care put into this experience, from the thoughtful curation and info card to the considerate, ethical creation of the box itself!

What did you think of this month’s Boxwalla food box?

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

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8 Comments

  1. What is there to say that hasn’t already been said about this box? You made the comment that kept coming to mind the most, or rather, asked the question, “Why didn’t they include the whisk for making it properly at THIS price point?”

    • Exactly! I feel veryyyy let down by this box. If there is not any extra value in this box- I’d rather have chosen my own $50 matcha. I even emailed them thinking that my box was missing the whisk. It just felt so off.

      • Oh and my box didn’t have the matchasource pamphlet. I guess that piece didn’t make it into my box.

        • Hi Jessica. So sorry you felt let down by the box. Food Boxes, unlike Beauty don’t usually have extra retail value, but I totally understand your disappointment. We wanted to include the highest quality koicha-grade matcha we could find and this was freshly made and shipped straight to us from a farm in Japan. Your feedback is very very important to us, though and we will definitely keep it in mind for the future.

          I tried replying to your email a few times but my email seemed to be getting blocked/failing to send. Could you please email me again so I can reply. And also I need to get that missing pamphlet to you too asap. So sorry about that!

  2. Ditto to the first two comments.

  3. Wow, Anna you are waaaaaaaay kind to the Boxwalla Food Sub. I would not have been so positive if I opened a $50 box and that what was in it!

    • Haha, yeah, I’m definitely giving it the benefit of the doubt. I think it’s that, based on past experiences, I trust the curation of this box, and I get that they’re sending you legit specialty items from knowledgeable artisans. It’s hard, though, because the volume of product that you get is SO small, especially when there are other food boxes that give you OODLES of different snacks for a lot less moola.

      I think this is just the kind of thing that best fits people who are really REALLY into food. Like, the kind of people who are willing to drop a ton of money on a fancy bottle of wine that, to me, probably tastes basically the same as a $15.00 bottle. I love learning about food, so for me, Boxwalla is my excuse to indulge in something super refined. Probably because my day-to-day food experience is, um, a lot less refined… haha! (Lookin’ at you, drive thru bagel sandwiches…) But I 100% agree with you – it’s definitely a VERY pricey way to explore food culture!

      Thanks so much for reading and sharing your take, Dawn!!!

  4. Yikes!! What a waste of money, in my opinion.

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