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10 Best Tea Subscription Boxes of 2021

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyOct 17, 2019 | 10 comments

What is more comforting than a hot (or iced) cup of tea? For me, not much!

Tea subscription boxes allow you to explore an incredible world of flavors without making an enormous commitment. Sure, you might be a huge fan of black teas — but if you overpay for a box of mediocre Darjeeling, you’ll end up regretting your purchase for months.

By subscribing for regular deliveries, you can expand your palate and add new favorites to your collection. Each box is a surprise, and each new cup will deepen your appreciation of well-sourced teas. To help you get started, we’ve collected a list of the best tea subscription boxes currently available online. Whether you’re hoping to explore a certain variety of tea or you’re simply looking for a pleasant way to improve your time in the break room, these services provide everything you need to take the first steps.

Similar to coffee subscriptions, these tea boxes are here to make sure you never lack your favorite cup while you spend a little more time at home!

1. Simple Loose Leaf Tea Subscription Box

Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 Review

Image via our review.

Price: Plans start at $10.00 per month. Sign up here!

What you’ll get: Each Simple Loose Leaf tea subscription box includes 40 grams of — you guessed it — loose leaf tea. You’ll enjoy four unique teas per shipment, delivered in resealable pouches for easy sampling. The simple packaging includes detailed information about each product, and you can order any of the products in larger quantities on the company’s site.

Choose from options including their Original Sampler Box, Herbal Tea Box, Green Tea Box, and Black Tea Box. You’ll also get reusable organic linen tea filters with each shipment, perfectly sized for single-cup brewing. When you’ve finished your cuppa, simply turn the filter inside out to wash the leaves away. 

The Simple Loose Leaf subscription box is lovingly curated to provide samples of artisanal teas; the company truly cares about the quality of its products, and whether you’re a casual tea drinker or an aficionado, you’ll find something to love in every box.

Choose to receive a box every month, every 2 months, or every 3 months.

Read our Simple Loose Leaf reviews and learn more. Ships to the US for $2.99, Canada and select countries for $5.49.

 

2. Amoda Tea Subscription Box

Image via our review.

Price: Plans start at $20 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA40 to 40% off your first box, plus free shipping.

What you’ll get: Amoda Tea sources exceptional loose-leaf teas from North American suppliers, and their expertly curated subscription boxes open up a world of remarkable flavors with tremendous depth. Choose from their classic or low-caffeine plans (the low-caff plan favors blends and green teas).

Amoda Tea subscription boxes also include convenient add-ons; the reusable, biodegradable tea filters are essential gear. You can also customize your order to add tea spoons and other optional accessories. 

Each box includes tasting notes and steeping tips — be sure to pay close attention to experience each new flavor at its best. Subscribers also get discounts on products through the online store (we’ll just casually mention here that Amoda Tea specializes in ceremonial-grade matcha, and if you have a discount, you can try one of the most highly regarded teas on Earth without overspending).

Read our Amoda Tea reviews to learn more. Ships to the US for $7 and Canada for varying rates.

 

 

3. Tea Runners Subscription Boxes

four cups of brewed tea

Image via our review.

Price: Plans start at $21.25 per month. Subscribe here!

What you’ll get: Tea Runners sources teas from small-batch producers, and their approach has paid off: Many of the loose-leaf teas featured in the Tea Runners box have won Global Tea Championship Awards, and the service has exceptional reviews.

Tea Runners offers black tea boxes, herbal tea boxes, pure tea boxes (no herbal teas) and their original box (a variety with both herbal and non-herbal teas). Each box includes four teas; you’ll receive enough leaves to make up to 50 cups, along with tasting and brewing instructions.

Subscribers can receive deliveries on a monthly, bi-monthly, or tri-monthly (quarterly) basis.

Check out all of our Tea Runners reviews for more information! Ships worldwide and FREE to the US and Canada.

 

4. Dollar Tea Club Subscription Box

Dollar Tea Club March 2018 Review

Image via our review.

Price: Plans start at $1 per month plus $4.50 shipping. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSAWELCOME to valid for 15% off, non-expiring coupon.

What you’ll get: We know what you’re thinking: There’s no way they can offer high-quality teas for $1…right?

Well, no, not technically, but Dollar Tea Club comes pretty close. Their subscription program starts at $1, but with a $4.50 shipping charge. Still, you’ll get three cups of ethically sourced, high-quality tea for almost nothing.

Upgrade to the Sensei package, and Dollar Tea Club will send a 50-gram pouch of tea (enough to make 20-25 cups) along with 6-8 monthly samples, 3 HoneyStix sweeteners, and 10 tea filters. You’ll also receive a free infuser with your first order. The Sensei package starts at $12.70 per month, and other plans are available to match your tea-drinking habits — and, again, if you’re not sure whether you want to make a commitment, the $1 plan (which actually costs $5.50) is a great way to get started.

All plans can be cancelled anytime, and Dollar Tea Club offers a satisfaction guarantee.

Read our Dollar Tea Club reviews and learn more. Ships to the US and Canada for $4.50.

 

Image via our review.

Price: Plans start at $10.00 per month charged quarterly. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MYSUBADDICT to save 15% on your first shop order!

What you’ll get: Plum Deluxe has a simple, straightforward website, and their tea subscription boxes are just as minimal — you won’t find unnecessary marketing materials in every package, just high-quality, great-tasting teas.

Choose to receive one or two teas per month. Each box includes your tea of the month along with a small sample of an additional tea. You’ll also get basic brewing instructions, tea pairings, and recipes, and you can reach out to Plum Deluxe’s online community for additional tips. Membership also gets you free shipping and members-only discounts in Plum Deluxe’s store, and you can cancel any time.

Read our Plum Deluxe reviews to learn more. Ships FREE to the US and Canada.

 

6. Tea Sparrow Subscription Box

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Price: $20 per month. Subscribe here!

What you’ll get: With Tea Sparrow, you’ll receive 4 teas blends each month: 1 black tea, 1 green tea, 1 rooibos tea (a South African tea also known as red tea), and 1 herbal. Tea Sparrow offers a generous money-back guarantee, and all of their products are vegan-friendly. They’re also free from artificial additives and flavorings, so if you like to taste tea in your tea, you’re in luck.

Tea Sparrow’s selection features plenty of unique flavors; the organic pink grapefruit and organic hojicha are particularly popular with subscribers. The company is one of the few tea suppliers using fully compostable tea bags made from sustainably grown sugarcane, and they’ve recently switched their sticker labels for stamps. In other words, they’re truly committed to sustainability — and as a subscriber, you’ll feel peace of mind with every sip. 

We love Tea Sparrow’s approach, and they’ve recently launched specialized subscription boxes to appeal to different tea drinkers. They’re one of the few tea subscription services that specifically markets a caffeinated tea box — and when we’re trying to cut back on coffee, that’s a big deal.

Learn more about Tea Sparrow here. Ships to the US and Canada.

 

7. Tomotcha Japanese Tea Subscription

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Price: Plans start at $15 per month. Subscribe here!

What you’ll get: If you’ve ever wanted to explore Japan’s rich tea culture, Tomotcha has you covered. Each month, the service selects a Japanese tea from one of the country’s major regions. The boxes ship directly from Japan, so we certainly can’t question the authenticity. You’ll receive about 50 grams of tea leaves (enough for roughly 35 cups).

Your tea subscription box will also include detailed instructions with steeping temperatures and durations. Most of the featured teas are loose-leaf green teas, but you’ll occasionally receive roasted (black) teas — in other words, if you favor lighter flavors, you’ll be right at home. 

The only downside: Tomatcha sends out a single tea each month, so it’s best for true tea fanatics (if you’re reading this list, you probably qualify). Shipping is free, and reviewers give high marks to Tomotcha’s expert curation.

Learn more about Tomotcha here. Ships worldwide for FREE.

 

8. Sips by – a Tea Subscription

Image via our review.

Price: $15 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code SUBSCRIPTIONADDICTION to save 50% off your first box!

What you’ll get: Tell your preferences to the Sips by Box tea subscription team, and they’ll curate a delivery that matches your taste. You’ll find both loose-leaf teas and bagged teas, and unlike other tea subscription services, Sips by Box doesn’t focus on proprietary blends. You’ll get teas well-known and up-and-coming brands.

In other words, if you’re looking for variety, the Sips by Box tea subscription is an excellent starting point. Because they source their products from a variety of companies, quality can vary somewhat, but their hands-on curation ensures a satisfying mix of products in every box. You’ll likely find your next favorite tea here — or your next 10 favorite teas — and the affordable pricing makes the Sips by Box an excellent gift option.

Read our Sips by reviews and learn more. Ships FREE to the US, $9.50 to Canada, and to western Europe for varying costs.

 

9. The Whistling Kettle Tea Subscription Club

Price: Plans start at $16.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What you’ll get: The Whistling Kettle has been curating tea subscription boxes for over a decade through their tea-of-the-month club. All prices include shipping, and subscribers have access to special offers on select products from The Whistling Kettle. If you’ve had your eye on a new tea pot or tumbler — or if you simply order lots of tea — the member discounts can quickly justify the cost of the your subscription.

You’ll also have plenty of options to choose from. Options include: Black, Pure, Herbal/Caffeine Free, or the variety mix (subscribers can also easily switch between the clubs through the Whistling Kettle website). Your first box will include a starter set of all-natural tea bags, carefully proportioned for the perfect cup.

Each selection is curated by experts with more than 15 years of experience, and you’ll never receive fillers or low-quality tea. Given the price, The Whistling Kettle is an excellent option for both casual tea drinkers and lifelong devo-teas (see what we did there?).

Learn more about Whistling Kettle here! Ships internationally.

10. Teabox

all of the teas contained inside the box

Image via our review.

Price: $39.99 per month for a 1-month plan, $36.00 per month when you sign up for a 3-month subscription. Subscribe here!

What you’ll get: Experience 5 premium loose-leaf teas and blends from India each month. (That’s up to 75 cups!) Each box centers on a theme and features choice flavors from regions including Darjeeling, Assam, Kangra, and the Nilgiris. You’ll also get freebies like tea info, postcards, bookmarks, plant seeds, and more!

Read our Teabox reviews and learn more.

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!

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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10 comments

Cassidy

I’ve had Sipsby for a while now and it is literally my favorite recurring charge of the month. I feel like they know me so well at this point 😂 I can’t remember the last time I didn’t love everything they sent me!

Sean

As of 2020-06-07, Teabox is no longer offering a tea subscription service.

Melissa

Sipsby coupon code is invalid

Kai L

Love Love Love Simplicity Teas! So worth it. I’ve tried out a ton of others and I always keep my Simplicity Teas subscription.

Marlee

Are any tea subscription boxes either eco conscious or zero waste?

Jared

Were you able to find a zero or low waste tea subscription?

VIRGINIA

I’ve had SipsBy for a year now and love the personalization. I have found some real winners through this box. 🙂

Annie

this looks good to me

Kevin

We don’t have so many tea subscription services in the UK but this is improving. Such a pity as there are so many teas I’d like to explore

amber

Is there one of these tea subs that you’d be most interested in? Thinking about signing up my Nan for a prepaid sub for Christmas, and she’s English. She mostly drinks Tetley nowadays but I’d like to get her something different she’d enjoy as well.

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