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Field to Cup Tea Explorer Review – September 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)

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.

Pearific – Green Tea

I’ve had green teas that include pear before and they’ve always been really pleasant. The steeping instructions on these lighter teas are worth paying attention to! I’ve definitely overbrewed green tea before and it’s a shame to ruin a nice flavor. The brewing instructions for this are 170° for 1.5 minutes. If you don’t have a kettle with a thermometer, the Field to Cup suggestion of pouring boiling water into a mug, letting it sit for 45 seconds, then adding you tea leaves – has always worked for me. The only ingredients added to the green tea are pear pieces and  sunflower blossoms. I love how pretty the tea looks before you brew it – those huge sunflower blossom pieces are awesome! This tasted like a smooth green tea with a mild pear overtone. I can’t say that I noticed the sunflower blossoms all that much because I’m not totally sure what that would taste like. But the crisp pear paired nicely with green tea.

Sweet Heat – Fruit Tea

This name was intriguing and so was the tea! This tea is mostly floral and fruity with ginger bringing the heat element. I’ve found that teas with larger, chunky ingredients take longer to brew and this fell into that category. With a slightly longer brew time at 6 minutes, this tea produced a really pretty pinky-red brew. I really liked how it started out as a regular fruit tea, with strawberry and apple at the forefront. The floral notes from the hibiscus and rose added to the sweetness. That’s when the heat came in from the ginger and I really loved how the flavors all complimented each other. I love ginger and regularly add grated ginger to my teas (especially during cold season!) so I did that to push this flavor a little further.

Dark Berries – Black Tea

I only recently tried a pu’erh tea for the first time and was hoping to try more so I was excited to see this in the box! Pu’erh teas have a nice depth to them and the lighter ingredients of this tea go along with that nicely. The raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, and pomegranate add the perfect amount of fruitiness to a heavier tea.  I liked the bit of sweetness that came through and added a little more sweetener to round this out even more. This turned out to be a more substantial tea than I originally expected!

Apples N’ Honey – Black Blend

This was a black and green tea blend. The green tea in the blend kind of mellows out the heaviness that came come from the black tea and the additional ingredients contribute to that as well. The apple and cinnamon create a really full flavor without weighing down the overall taste. The combination of these ingredients did give me a nice honey flavoring as well. It was a really interesting combination of flavors that felt perfect for autumn.

Verdict: Field to Cup is one of my favorite subscriptions and I think the Tea Explorer option gives you a good introduction to their offerings. I appreciate that you always get a mix of black, green, fruit, white, herbal, or blended teas. My favorite this month was a tie between the Apples N’ Honey and the Sweet Heat.

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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I have this sub and it is loose leaf tea. I am able to reuse my same tea leaves for 3 or 4 cups of tea without any sacrifice in flavor. I am absolutely in love with this sub and upgraded to the discovery plus box after 1 month of trying this small sample box.

    • I agree. I reuse the the tea for a couple of cups and it tastes great. I also get 3-4 cups out of every packet. I love this tea!

  2. Twelve to fourteen cups from four tea bags? What? It looks great though, would be a fantastic gift for a tea lover without breaking the bank.

    And I love this site as well!! I’ve gotten so many fantastic boxes at deep discounts..yay!

    • It’s loose leaf tea, not tea bags.

  3. I get this sub, but I am wondering how the heck you are saying 12-14 cups of tea. Is this on their website… I have measured exactly per direction and at most I am getting 2 cups per sample. Maybe with a half a cup left over on a few samples. But still if you do the math…..

    In any case I’m happy with 2 cups for sample, I feel the price is justified… anyway, I’m not trying to be critical, I like your reviews but I’m just not getting the amount indicated…

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