Forget the tired, tasteless little chocolates hiding behind flimsy cardboard doors. Behind each of the 24 doors is a craft coffee or tea in festive flavors, such as orange peel organic black tea and solstice spice black tea.
These advent calendars offer caffeinated surprises, and they are a unique way to show off the range of your products while celebrating the season.
Westholme Tea Farm
The 24 teas were sourced from regions around the world and include black, green, white, mate, oolong, pu-ehr, matcha, and herbal varieties. Also included is a sample of one of the seasonal estate teas grown on Westholme’s British Columbia farm. Each of the envelopes is filled with enough loose leaf tea to brew up to 12 steaming mugs. $150, westholmetea.com
The Scandinavian founders of a coffee subscription box service created an advent calendar containing 24 packages of specialty coffee from 12 of the top micro-roasters in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Each package contains 50 grams of single-origin coffee. To guarantee freshness, coffee is shipped close to its roasting date and delivered in three separate packages over the 24 days. $173, kaffebox.no
Mulled wine fruit blend, winter forest, vanilla velvet, and chocolate mint rooibos are just a few of the festive flavors included in the Artful Tea advent calendar. The Santa Fe, New Mexico, tea shop packaged 24 loose leaf teas in numbered tea bags, each printed with preparation instructions. The package also includes 24 mini clothespins and jute to hang the teabags like decorative garland. $49, artfultea.com
Victoria Mae Designs
Etsy seller Victoria Mae Designs created an advent calendar featuring teas sourced from British tea companies. Flavors range from classics like English breakfast and Darjeeling to Honeybush. Each dated teabag is stored in a whimsical hand-sewn packet with a seasonal message, such as “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” and “May Your Days Be Merry and Bright.” $25, victoriamaedesigns.com
Canadian retailer David’s Tea created 24 Days of Tea, an advent calendar filled with some of its most popular seasonal blends. Each of the miniature drawers in the “Countdown to Jolly” opens to reveal a single serving (nine grams) of tea. The flavors include Candy Cane Crush, Caramel Shortbread, Glitter & Gold, Sleigh Ride, and Santa’s Favorite, which comes packaged with miniature candy canes. $40 CAD, davidstea.com
Pact Coffee curated a selection of direct-trade coffees from around the world, including eight limited-edition lots, and roasted and ground them in the United Kingdom. The advent calendar is packaged with a desktop calendar featuring information about the beans and farm where each of the 25 coffees were sourced. Each of the 20-gram servings of coffee can be brewed using cafetière, AeroPress, and drip brew methods (filters included). £20, pactcoffee.com