If you follow along with my Mug of the Month series, you might know that one of my favorite brands of coffee is Expedition Roasters. They make Disney inspired coffees and have recently branched out into tea, mugs, and more. When I saw they were doing a limited edition, exclusive crate called the Lost Safari Crate I knew I had to order it!
While this isn’t technically a subscription box, because it was a one time purchase, the idea is very much the same. You get a box filled with Adventureland inspired goodies. For the Lost Safari crate you do know what you’re getting ahead of time, which helped to determine if it was worth it. For this release there were only 48 crates so it was very limited. Some of the items you can get separately or elsewhere, but a few (like the flavored coffee) were exclusive to this release.
I personally think it’s a great idea, and they’ve mentioned they might do more crates in the future. I think they should definitely consider making it a subscription box! It was a bit pricey to be once a month, but I would sign up to do a quarterly box from them if they decided to go that route.
When they called it a crate, they definitely weren’t kidding! The Lost Safari Crate arrived in a beautiful wooden box, with a lid that slides off the top. The themeing is great, and it feels very “Adventureland.”
A look inside the Lost Safari Crate:
Of course, coming from a coffee company, the highlight of this crate is the coffee and the mug. The tin mug has an amazing pun from The Jungle Cruise, giving us “the backside of coffee!” You can currently buy this mug (and others like it) on their website. The cookies and cream “Adventurer’s Dream” coffee was exclusive to this crate, and it smelled awesome and tasted good too. If you’re interested in a similar coffee I would recommend their Devlish Dame inspired by Cruella DeVil. It’s a black and white cookie coffee so it has some of those similar dessert flavors.
In addition to the two items from Expedition Roasters, they’ve partnered with a few other small businesses and provided other fun Adventureland goodies! There are some cute items from Critterosity, which makes gorgeous artwork. I got a tiki birds sticker, a hula girl magnet, and of course my personal favorite – a small orange bird print!
Also included was a room fragrance spray from Main Street Melts Candle Co. The scent of this one is Tiki Room, and it’s a combination of Bergamot, Lime and Grass and they blend in Cucumber, Bamboo, and Violet. A lot going on but it’s a delightful, summery combination! Finally, there is a mini replica of Trader Sam’s spear from @tiki_chippy. This is cute and I don’t think he normally has a shop or anything, so it feels like a pretty exclusive item. I’m already brainstorming what kind of display I can do with it and all of my Trader Sam’s mugs.
I do like to try and calculate the “value” of my subscription boxes. I never expect the the cost of the items equal what you pay – after all, part of it is that they are either being selected for you, curated, or they are exclusive items. But you also want to make sure you’re not paying $100 for a couple of keychains or something! This box was $75.
In this case I think you’re getting a great value with this crate. You received coffee ($14 value), a mug ($12), print ($8), magnet ($3), sticker ($3), fragrance spray ($12.50), replica mini spear (I couldn’t find a price but I’d think these could sell for at least $10). Plus the crate that it came in is quite nice and something I play to keep for displaying and storing things. Even if you put the crate at about $5, which seems low, that’s a total value of around $68. Shipping was included too. So honestly I feel like you basically break even in price alone – add in the fact that you’re getting exclusive items and a themed crate with coordinating goodies from a bunch of different small businesses and this is a huge win!
If Expedition Roasters does future crates I will be purchasing… and I would subscribe to automatically get one if they did it a few times a year too!
What do you think of the Lost Safari Crate? Would you want one of these?