Small Tea by Osmose Debuts in Miami
On the heels of completing Stumptown Coffee Roaster’s New York flagship, Osmose principal Andee Hess has switched to another warm drink in another part of the country. She’s masterminded the transformation of a bank branch in the Miami suburb of Coral Gables into Small Tea, a new concept in the buzzing sector that focuses on customer exploration of myriad varieties. The 4,000-square-foot interior is a cocoon of serenity, with oak paneling, polished concrete flooring, and inviting seating options, among them Lievore Altherr Molina lounge chairs. There’s also evidence that Hess, er, steeped herself in the subject: She built a canopy from 1,250 boxes wrapped in woven abaca, a natural fiber typical of the baskets used to harvest tea leaves.