JoJo Tea is cool. It’s cool because its the brainchild of Miami native Mike Ortiz, currently one of the American Tea Masters Cup champions, and a man who has to wade through a pool of his own charisma. It’s cool because its tasting space is set up speakeasy style with no fanfare or storefront on the third floor of a building in a neighborhood in between Little Havana and Coral Gables in unincorporated Dade County, giving it that extra mystique.
It’s cool because said tasting room is only open for a couple of hours a night by reservation on weekends, and because those tastings of eight teas go from unoxidized (white, green, yellow) to oxidized (diff types of oolong) to raw and ripe Pu-Erh. And because the last weekend of every month is a “freestyle tasting,” which Ortiz compares to an omakase-esque experience, in which selected tea masters just take you along on a special ride that could really go anywhere.
Also, rumor has it that, because so many restaurants and bars in Miami use JoJo Tea, there’s a late night industry crowd that comes in on weekends, and the tea parties go on all night. And maybe that’s just a rumor, but like I said, JoJo Tea is cool.