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Sniff and Sip 84 Different Teas at Small Tea

Tea is the name of the game at this new Gables spot

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There's no doubt that tea is certainly having its moment in Miami. Case in point, a new restaurant and store has just opened in Coral Gables dedicated to the stuff called Small Tea at 205 Aragon Ave.

The brainchild of Daniel Benoudiz and Augstin Silva Diaz, the restaurant and tea shop features 84 different teas on display in the middle of store for you to smell in its "scent station." There the teas are divided into nine different categories including black, chai, green, oolong, herbal, rooibos, mate and white to help you narrow down your selection. And is you are a bit clueless about tea, there are self-dubbed "teatenders" who can guide you through the process.

Once you decide on your tea, you head over to counter to have it prepared. You can have it made hot or cold, or incorporated into one of its signature drinks like the Chai Latte and Teagria. If you're with a group pitchers of tea are also available.

If you fall in love with one of the teas you can take some home with you. Each tea is available for sale by the ounce along with the 100 percent copper tins from Japan that take more than 130 steps to make.

If you're hungry, the restaurant has a full menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner fare. Expect things like Egg White Frittata Panini ($7), Brie and Green Apple Sandwich ($10), Jasmine Smoked Chicken Salad ($9.75) and desserts and pastries brought in daily from First Harbor Bakery.

To design the space, the owners enlisted the help of Andee Hess of OSMOSE Design, a designer hailing from Portland, Oregon, known for making custom-made elements for her designs. The design of the darkly lit shop features elements and materials related to the tea-making process.

Small tea is open daily from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Curious what else you can much on while at Small Tea? Check out the menu below.

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