MIAMI - A new tea shop in the suburb of Coral Gables, Small Tea is a 4,000 square foot cave with oak panels, polished concrete floors and a canopy in a material indigenous to the Philippines, abaca. Portland-based Osmose design firm's Andee Hess built a honeycomb out of 1,250 boxes wrapped in the woven natural fiber, which happens to be the main matter in baskets used to harvest tea leaves. A dose of organic and contemporary, the warm space (a former bank! shudder) benefits from the addition of copper touches and Lievore Altherr Molina lounge chairs.
After the surge in third-wave coffee (Hess actually designed Stumptown's New York flagship), blended-tea drinking is poised to be just as, well, hot.