In case you can’t tell, I’m always on the hunt for a good subscription box. On the blog, I’ve covered boxes that specialize in everything from makeup and skincare, to date nights you can do at home. I’m so excited to share this new box with y’all, because it’s something totally different (and a great gift idea if you’re planning ahead for the holidays).
Paru Tea Bar is a female-owned, San Diego-based organic, looseleaf tea company. Founder, Amy Truong, initially started the company as a reprieve from her fast-paced corporate job. At first, word spread through local pop ups and community gatherings; now you can find her at all kinds of places, like: distilleries, art installations, yoga classes, kombucha suppliers, and gelato stores.
The Paru Tea Bar tea subscription box is one of a kind, because Amy and her team personally source all of the teas. Each month, subscribers will be mailed a seasonal variety of teas curated specifically for that month.
In the box, you’ll find: (3) 1 oz bags of loose tea, which makes about 10 cups per bag (30 cups per box in total); (1) garnish packet (or snack) to pair with your tea; and (1) informative guide to walk you through things like flavor notes, caffeine levels, and interesting tea-specific facts.
Each month, the tea selection will include: one black, one green, and one herbal.
I like that the box itself is chic and minimalist; the simple white exterior makes the black writing and logo design on the box really pop! If your only exposure to tea is a teabag, don’t fret; each packet of tea has exact brewing instructions on how to prepare it. (Fun Fact: teas brew at different temperatures, and for different durations, in order to release different flavor notes).
October’s box is Halloween/autumn themed, so you’ll find teas that are warm and buttery. This month’s garnish is a packet of vegan caramels from Sugar Mamma, another San Diego-based small business (who makes bomb sweets).
In the box, you’ll find the following teas: Iron Goddess (oolong), Pumpkin Spice (black), and Earl Grey Rooibos (herbal). I really liked the variety in this month’s box, but if I were to pick a favorite, it’d be the Iron Goddess because it has a nutty flavor with a very buttery aftertaste. The pumpkin spice pairs really well with Halloween/October in general, and the Earl Grey is a nice riff on a classic because it’s caffeine-free (so a great option for a bedtime tea that won’t keep you awake).
In all the chaos that was October, I couldn’t get this up sooner…but that just means you’ll be the first to peep the November box, which went live this morning!
NOVEMBER TEAS: Cacao + Chicory “Coffee” // Genmaicha // Saigon Breakfast // Garnishes: orange slice, rose, blue cornflower
The subscription is flexible; you can pause or cancel at any time. Monthly plans are $24.95, and yearly plans are $239.95. You save about $60 ($59.45, to be exact) if you purchase the annual subscription; it shakes out to $20/month. These prices also include the cost of shipping, which is nice because it’s an additional cost for some other subscription boxes!
What do you think about this kind of subscription box? Is it something you’d want to try? Drop me a line and let me know!
This is a close-up of the Iron Goddess tea, which when brewed, you can see the little balls of tea (pictured in the cover photo) open into big leaves, fully expressing the tea’s flavor!
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