Tucked in a busy mall in Manila, Sweetea’s by Da.U.De is a welcome respite for those looking for something unique and revitalizing for the day.
Not only does it boast serving high quality full leaf iced teas at a price that wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket, but its teas are proudly supplied by Da.U.De, the only accredited tea source in the Philippines whose team is led by the Philippines’ first certified tea master, Renee Sebastian.
The interiors in this cafe also add to the flavor, as its over-all look takes on great design through its perfect blend of both form and function.
The smart design managed to make the most out of the small area, by allowing it to transform based on the foot traffic. When a spacious spot is being called for, Sweetea’s cafe keeps things in its clean simplicity with minimal tables and chairs. This allows emphasis on the light wooden features, bright white walls, and Romblon marble counter-tops. These are dotted with fun colors peeking from the chair’s seats and the displayed cups. If a number of customers would want to have their fill of delicious exotic teas, modular tables and chairs pull out from under the counter for a quick space solution.
The design took off from a landscape inspiration that Renee counts as a big potential for the local tea industry – the Banaue Rice Terraces. In relation to the shapes of the modular tables and chairs, against one wall you’ll find more of those set up in a manner that’s reminiscent of the famous terraces. Customers are free to go creative with just how they want to sit back and enjoy their cup of tea.
Sweetea’s cafe brings forward their local tea’s unique flavors and quality brews through the space’s design, which was also based on local elements reinvented as something bold, exciting, and in touch with the universal taste for all things fun and creative.
The brand’s product branding was created by Luis Domingo. Iris Cantante is the architect that led this project, in collaboration with Megan Camaya, Inga Duchting, and the Encaja Muebles Team. Recently completed just last February 2016, we’re sure that this new tea cafe and shop is a place worth visiting for their quality tea and their playful and versatile homebase!
Sweetea’s by Da.U.De
Photos by Shaira Luna
Photos lifted from Architect Iris Cantante’s portfolio at http://www.iriscantante.com/comercial/Sweetea-s