Caffeinated Tea Bento Box

$29.95 $50
1 Bento Box = 6 mini tea tins = 30 tea sachets

The Perfect Gift

Inspired by Japan's rich and exquisite culinary history, our Tea Bento Box is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind tea gift box and our most popular product. Our "bento" style tea gift box is our modern take on Japan's famous bento box that originated during the 12th century during the Kamakura period, which often contained full meals in lacquered wood boxes. Instead of containing a full meal in different compartments like the original Japanese bento, our Tea Bento Boxes contain six different tea varieties compartmentalized into six mini tea tins. Each mini tea tin contains 5 premium tea pyramid sachets, for a total of 30 tea sachets in each Tea Bento Box.

Why Customers Love the Tea Bento Box

  • Beautiful and unique presentation
  • Makes a lasting impression on a friend, family member, or loved one
  • Perfect for all occasions - birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, teacher appreciation, Mother's Day, Christmas, and more
  • Luxurious yet affordable
  • Inspires the recipient to take a tea-tasting adventure by trying all 6 varieties of tea in each Tea Bento Box

About the Caffeinated Tea Bento Box

The Caffeinated Tea Bento Box includes six mini tea tins of our most popular caffeinated teas: English Breakfast, Jasmine Green Tea, Lavender Earl Grey, Lemon Creme, Fruit & Berry Oolong, and Bombay Chai. Each Tea Bento Box contains a total of 30 tea pyramid sachets.

Tea with Tae is a proud member of the Japan America Society of Colorado (JASC). Read more about our membership here.

Special thanks to Yoko Watanabe and Nobuisha Yoda for reviewing drafts of this article and for providing invaluable comments and feedback. Also, special thanks to the Japan America Society of Colorado (JASC) for supporting Tea with Tae in our efforts to bring authenticity to our products and cultural education to our customers.

Although the origin of the “bento” has not been clarified with 100% certainty, we do know that the “bento” was (and still is) an integral part of Japanese culinary history. The word "bento" (弁当) literally translates to "useful thing" or "convenient," but the word has a double-meaning that means "container (for meals)" or "lunch box,” i.e., a meal that can be carried outside of one’s home.

Modern day bento box

One of the first recorded uses of a bento-style box was during the Yayoi period (300 BC - 300 AD), where triangle-shaped bentos carried onigiri and carbonized rice. In the 12th century during the Kamakura period, Japanese workers began carrying cooked and dried rice called hoshi-ii (干し飯) to work in bento-style boxes with separate compartments. The workers were primarily humble farmers and fishermen. 

Onigiri

But it wasn’t until the 16th century that the term “bento” was coined. Some people say the word “bento” originated with the famous military commander Oda Nobunaga, who fed large numbers of people at his castle by preparing and dividing meals into a plate for each guest. The word “bento” was also defined in 1597 in the Setsuyō-shū (節用集), a popular Japanese dictionary. The popularity of the bento spread to high society during the 16th century and became more refined. The bento became a staple for outdoor events, tea parties, and hanami (the practice of viewing cherry blossoms when they are in full bloom). The type of bento during this period was known as the koshibento (腰弁当) or "waist bento" because travelers and sightseers would carry the bento on their waist. The bento usually consisted of onigiri wrapped with bamboo leaves.

In the 19th and 20th centuries during the Meiji period, the ekibento or ekiben (駅弁当) was invented. Ekiben literally translates to "train station bento." These bentos were sold at train stations to travelers and contained rice balls with pickled daikon  (Japanese yellow pickled radish). 

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Ekibento

After the advent of the microwave in the 1980s and the proliferation of convenience stores, new styles of bentos were introduced. The traditional wood and metal boxes were replaced with less expensive plastic and microwave-safe materials. Today, numerous styles of bentos exist all across the world. In fact, the subreddit r/Bento dedicated to "creative bento art" has nearly 68,000 members. It is no secret that the bento covers a wide variety of styles. Here are some examples:

  • Ekiben (駅弁): A packed meal sold at railway stations.

  • Kyaraben (キャラ弁 short form of キャラクター弁当): Ingredients are elaborately arranged to feature a popular character of popular culture, animals, plants, etc.

  • Makunouchi bento (幕の内弁当): The traditional style of bento that was served at the theatre. It contains several dishes: rice, meat, fish, egg, a pickled plum, vegetables.

  • Noriben (海苔弁): Simple in nature, usually containing less than 4 ingredients. The rice is covered by nori (seaweed).

  • Hinomaru bento (日の丸弁当): Resembles the Japanese flag with a pickled plum “ume-boshi” in the center of steamed white rice packed in a rectangular bento box.

  • Osechi Ryori (お節料理): traditional Japanese New Year foods that come in an assortment of colorful dishes packed together in special boxes called jūbako (重箱), which is a special type of bento box. Each dish in the osechi ryori has a special meaning in welcoming the New Year.

Osechi Ryori: Japan's Lucky and Traditional New Year's Feast | LIVE JAPAN  travel guide

Osechi Ryori

At Tea with Tae, our goal with the Tea Bento Box is to honor Japanese culture and to bring a sense of “omomuki” (趣き) (charm, grace, refinement) to the recipient. We want to transport the tea-drinker on an adventure that explores not only Japanese aesthetics, but also other cultures and traditions that are associated with the different geographic regions from where we source each unique tea blend. Our hope is that we can bring you a little slice of the world with every sip. 

どうぞ、おたのしみください。 We hope you enjoy!

  • English Breakfast (caffeinated, all natural) - black tea leaves
  • Lavender Earl Grey (caffeinated) - black tea leaves, lavender flowers, orange peel, bergamot flavors
  • Jasmine Green Tea (caffeinated, all natural) - green tea leaves, jasmine flowers
  • Lemon Crème (caffeinated) - black tea leaves, lemon verbena, lemon peel, lemon flavors
  • Fruit & Berry Oolong (caffeinated) - oolong tea leaves, dried fruit, fennel seeds, hibiscus, berry flavors
  • Bombay Chai (caffeinated, all natural) - black tea leaves, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, natural spices

Customer Reviews

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D B. (Kinwood, US)
Nice

Reliably delicious.

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Jocelyn R. (Denver, US)
The Best Tea!

Tea with Tae has the cutest bento box with a variety of teas. I personally really enjoy the variations you can have with the tea flavor by making it either hot or cold. It’s perfect for Colorado when our temperatures swing quickly! The earl lavender grey is my personal favorite and a great way to wake up in the morning. Not too strong and a perfect blend of flavors. If you’re looking to step up your tea game, I recommend getting the bento box to find out your favorite tea by getting a mix!!

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Kathryn C. (New Braunfels, US)
Delicious

I love having a variety to choose from each night! Each tea is delicious in it's own way. My favorites are honella and show bliss.

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Theresa R. (Denver, US)
Very Fine Tea

The Bento box was surprising. Each tea bag of individual flavors steeped one of the best teas I have tasted in a long time!

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Mary N. (Falmouth, US)
Great Sampler

Just enough to enjoy and sample all the caffeine free tea’s...

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