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Field to Cup Tea Explorer Review – August 2017

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Tea Explorer Box is Field To Cup‘s new, smaller tea subscription for those who want to try new loose leaf teas with less commitment.

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)


Limited Time Deal – Now through August 31st, use code 15OFF to save 15% off individual teas in Field to Cup’s shop! (Does not apply to subscriptions)

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

Check out all of our Field to Cup Discovery Plus reviews to see what types of teas you can expect from this 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.

What do you think of the Tea Explorer option from Field to Cup?

Written by Sarah Paul

Sarah Paul

Sarah’s first box was Honest Company and she was excited to learn that there are boxes to cover many of her interests which include coffee, sci-fi, books, pop culture, comics, and makeup. She’s currently loving Stars Hollow Monthly and Vegan Cuts, and can’t wait to find more!

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. I loved my first shipment . I drank all of them and give them all great ratings!!

    • Nanette, thanks so much for your kind feedback! We’re thrilled you’re already loving your subscription, and we look forward to hearing your feedback in the future!

  2. I think this is a good deal if you are a tea fan. I’m giving it a try.

    • Jessica, thanks so much for giving us a try! We look forward to your feedback on the teas this month 🙂

  3. The island escape is absolutely delicious! I have the upgraded box,and I love that with my sub I can save 40% on tea that I purchase from the website. I will definitely be buying more of the island escape.

    • Hi Kris, so happy to hear you loved the Island Escape this month! It feels like a little vacation sipped over ice. Thanks for your feedback and your kind comments.

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