Best Tea Subscription Boxes

A Guide to the Best Tea Subscription Boxes Everyone Needs

September 6, 2016 in Learn / Tea Thoughts

Subscription services are a popular choice for those who love the excitement of mail every month curated just for their addictions. They are also something I’m a big fan of because the idea of being surprised each month with what my box may entail is so much fun. Being a major tea lover, I of course love any subscription box that is tea related and will make a point to try as many as I possibly can. I find it to be a nice way to taste new teas. I’ve tried many the past few years and keep coming back to the same ones that I think are the best tea subscription boxes out there.

That being said, I haven’t tried every single tea subscription service out there. There are actually quite a bit available! Maybe one day I will and if I try a new one I love, I’ll be sure to update this list. For now, the current subscription services on this list are just ones that I have tried and would recommend anyone trying at least once for great tea goodies at a great value. Value is a big thing I look for when it comes to services like this. I’ve had some other subscription services (not just tea related) in the past that I have felt were lacking in items or quality items quite often for the price that was paid.

The criteria for my best tea subscription boxes was simple. Each tea subscription service had to:
– Be shipped monthly
– Contain tea (obviously)
– Provide quality/quantity for the cost
– Be tried at least once and loved by me

Best Tea Subscription Boxes I Recommend

I have organized this list in two categories (Just Tea and Tea & Things) to help you understand the main contents of each box. The list is in no particular order. (*Last updated on: July 27, 2017)

Just Tea


Amoda Tea

This was one of the first tea subscription boxes I have ever tried. It has changed a bit since the first time I was introduced to it though, but it still contains all that you need to discover new teas handcrafted in small batches in North America. I’ve found a lot of new favourite, all natural, tea blends thanks to them!

What You Get:
– 4 teas (12+ cups)
– Disposable, biodegradable tea filters
– Tea postcard
– Exclusive tea discounts

Price: $18 per month + free shipping


Teabox

A more recent tea subscription box I have tried and loved not only because of the contents but also because of the presentation. I really adore Teabox’s clean, sleek style. They work closely with farms across India and Nepal to source the best and freshest teas for their boxes. After taking a short online quiz, they will select the perfect teas for your palate. Then you have three separate plans you can chose from to subscribe.

What You Get:
Tea Lover Plan – 2.8 oz of tea (12-15 cups) // Price: USD $19.99
Tea Avid Plan – 5.3 ox of tea (30-40 cups) // Price: USD $29.99
Tea Enthusiast Plan – 10.5 ox of tea (120-150 cups) // Price: USD $39.99


Tea Sparrow

I first came across this tea subscription box at the Toronto Tea Festival. I was able to taste some delicious teas that they included in their box and have only heard wonderful things from others who have subscribed to them before, too. They started back in June 2011 with Jane Pettigrew’s help to identify the companies that were creating clean, all natural tea blends. You won’t find artificial ingredients and preservatives in your tea box from them!

What You Get:
– 4 teas (18+ cups)

Price: CAD $20.00 (includes taxes and free shipping)


Simple Loose Leaf

I always liked how this tea subscription box organized their teas. For example, a box will usually be filled with a tea from different categories (black, green, etc.). You are always given a great selection of loose leaf teas from around the world.

What You Get:
– 4 to 5 teas (40 grams total)
– Tea filters

Price: USD $9.00 per month


Jalam Teas

The several times I have tried Jalam Teas’ monthly service, I have never been disappointed. It’s a great subscription service for anyone that would love to taste a tea and learn about its journey doing so. Also, if you’re interested in exploring more puerh teas, you should definitely give this tea club a try! All of the teas sent through their tea club have been sourced by Jeff Fuchs.

What You Get:
– 100 gram Puerh cake
– a story behind the tea and instructions for preparing

Price: USD $19.00 per month


Suki Tea

I love the packaging and how details of each tea included were outline on separate cards. The box is thin, which makes it fit perfectly in your mailbox (hooray for not having to risk missing the delivery guy!) If you actually subscribe for three months up front, you’ll also get an infuser mug for free.

What You Get:
– 4 teas

Price: £9.95 per month


Hello Tea Club

What makes this tea subscription box so unique is that you actually subscribe for free. Yes, free! When your box arrives you’ll find your teas along with their description and prices. You then have 10 days to try the samplers of each tea and and if you don’t love all of them, you send back the 2 oz pouch and are only charged for the teas you decide to keep. If you find yourself not liking a lot of teas that come in subscription boxes, this one might be for you. It’s a great solution to the problem of having too many unwanted teas at home.

What You Get:
– 3 different kinds of tea (2 oz each)
– plus samplers of each tea

Price: FREE to subscribe initally and then depends on the teas you keep and pay for. To give you an idea, in the past, I have recieved 2 ounces of tea from Hello Tea that were around $12 each. Their website says you can expect teas with prices varying from $11.99 to $18.49.

 

Tea & Things


Far West Tea Club

This tea subscription service (formaly known as Santa Barbara Tea Club) is one of my favourites to recommend because of the selection of teas that are packed nicely, waiting to be steeped and savoured. The quality of teas are exceptional and there is always something new for you to discover with this subscription box. The teas from this company have a way of making me slow down and enjoy the moment. The addition of an adult colouring page (tea themed!) helps with that, too!
 
What You Get:
– 4-6 different teas (this all depends on the box you pick)
– tea colouring page
– bonus tea sample

Price:
I Love Tea Time Box – 100 grams of tea // Starting at $28.95 USD
I Love Tea Time Box – 120 grams of tea // Starting at $42.95 USD
*You can also get a non-subscription tea box from their shop here.


Tea Box Express

In addition to one or two teas in a box, this tea subscription service does a great job at offering a variety of other tea related items as well. I experienced this box with a friend who was subscribed and brought it down during a visit. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s available in Canada or else I would be subscribed myself! When accompanied with food, this subscription service literally feels like a tea party in a box. Who wouldn’t love that?!

What You Get:
– Whole leaf tea (loose or pyramid bag form)
– 3 or 4 additional items to accompany the tea (ie. chocolate, cookies or tea ware)

Price: USD $25.50 per month


Muse Monthly

I’ve always been one to say one of my favourite tea pairings (aside from food) are books! This tea subscription box is perfect for just that. Like the box above, I have not subscribed to this box myself, however, a friend did and we indulged in a read and tea together. It will definitely help you escape from reality for a moment with a great cup of tea by your side.

What You Get:
– A new novel
– Full box or tin of tea

Price: USD $21.00 per month


Global Tea Hut

Another great tea subscription service that is perfect for steeping, sipping and reading! I really like how I feel connected through the stories shared in the magazine from other tea lovers around the world. You can even read some of their past issues on their website here to see what I mean. The proceeds from this tea subscription box go directly towards the centre, the Tea Sage Hut, in Taiwan. Therefore, the price is based on donations with a set minimum and maximum amount.

What You Get:
– Tea & Tao Magazine
– Tea related gift (past examples: incense, tea utensils, art)
– Tea

Price: USD $20.00-$500.00 per month


Teabook

The idea for this tea subscription box is to make it easy to have fine quality tea on the go and, of course, at an affordable price. I also like their packaging as the teas come in their own individual packs to just take and steep the perfect amount whenever.

What You Get:
– 15 to 17 pre-portioned pure teas
– Glass tea tumbler (in your first box only)

Price: USD $24.99 per month + free shipping within the U.S.


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Best Tea Subscription Boxes

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7 Comments

  • Reply Notes on Tea | Georgia September 6, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    This a great topic, Lu Ann. I have tried a few on your list, and there are a couple more I’d like to try. One of my new year’s goals was to try new teas and one strategy was to use tea subscriptions. This is how I first subscibed to Yunnan Sourcing.
    I once received a courtesy subscription box with tea and a music file. I’m not sure the company still exists.

    • Reply Lu Ann Pannunzio September 7, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Georgia! It’s my hope that this list will not only introduce others to new tea subscription boxes, but myself as well. I didn’t realize Yunnan Sourcing had a subscription service. I’ll have to check if they still do.

  • Reply Jo September 8, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I have also tried a few one of my faves Eco Cha. Amazing tea and wonderful accoutrements.

  • Reply Andrea / Tea Box Express September 9, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    What a kind friend you have to share the Tea Box Express experience! Thanks so much for including us!

  • Reply Fiete September 18, 2016 at 3:31 am

    Lu Ann, many thanks for this nice and informative post! I’ve only tried a few tea subscriptions yet and will for sure now try some of the ones you recommended! In case you are looking for great oolong tea from Taiwan, I can also recommend to check out the monthly tea subscriptions from Dachi Tea.
    I also wrote a post on them on my blog, if you’d like to read some more about it.

    • Reply Lu Ann Pannunzio September 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Hi Fiete,

      Thanks for the recommendation. As a big oolong drinker, I’m always looking for more. Definitely going to check out your post on them.

  • Reply Andres W Vialpando November 14, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    We need a service as good as tea box but for the nation of China. Predominately pure, single estate teas, where we know when they where they were picked and are vacuumed sealed and sent every month in a smart, professional method.

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