Loose Tea Company Wins “Best Innovation” Award for Patent-Pending To-Go Tea Infuser

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The Tea Spot, Inc. has received a US Patent Pending for their new ecosteep® tea infuser, being introduced this week at the World Tea Expo, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ecosteep®, the newest Steepware® innovation in tea accessories, is the sustainable alternative to the tea bag for carry-out loose tea service, and won “Best New Product” in the Innovation category of the 2010 World Tea Expo’s New Product Awards.

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Ecosteep - Compostable Loose Tea Infuser

Just imagine if McDonalds and Starbucks one day offered loose tea to-go, in a fully compostable container. That's the day we'll make a substantial positive impact on the environment.

The Tea Spot, Inc. has received a US Patent Pending for their new ecosteep® tea infuser, being introduced this week at the World Tea Expo, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The ecosteep® won “Best New Product” in the Innovation category of the 2010 World Tea Expo’s New Product Awards.

Ecosteep®, the newest Steepware® innovation in tea accessories by The Tea Spot, is the sustainable alternative to the tea bag for carry-out loose tea service. This bio-based loose-leaf tea infuser fits in standard to-go cups and allows tea leaves ample room to steep to their full volume, flavor, and aroma potential. Ecosteep® is made with renewable, non-GMO, plant-based material and is compostable.

The Tea Spot’s Director of Product Marketing & Development, Jessica Burtenshaw, stated "We're thrilled that this product has the potential to bring premium loose tea to the mainstream coffee industry - in an eco-friendly manner. Just imagine if McDonalds and Starbucks one day offered loose tea to-go, in a fully compostable container. That's the day we'll make a substantial positive impact on the environment."

The Tea Spot will be launching the ecosteep® into limited distribution, targeting zero-waste zones and cities with industrial composting infrastructures. This is part of their current R&D goals of creating low carbon footprint loose leaf tea products, supporting national agriculture, and manufacturing within the US. To propose your business, university, or organization to be part of this limited launch please contact ecosteep(at)theteaspot(dot)com.

The Tea Spot will be giving away ecosteep® prototypes at the 2010 World Tea Expo (booth #101) to the first 100 people who participate in their ecosteep® marketing survey, June 11th-13th in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you would like to participate in their ecosteep® survey, either as a coffee shop owner/manager or as a tea drinker/consumer, you’ll receive a 20% discount code to their online store upon returning the survey.

ABOUT THE TEA SPOT, INC.
The Tea Spot is a certified woman-owned and operated business producing proprietary products for loose leaf tea. Patented tea steeping products are marketed under the Steepware® trademark. They also offer a line of exclusive, organic, and Fair-Trade Certified™ leaf teas. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the company was founded in 2004 by Maria Uspenski, a cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of leaf tea during her recovery. She set forth to modernize the loose-leaf tea experience, making it an everyday luxury. Her message is simple and powerful: tea in its freshest form renders incredible flavor, unmatched health benefits, and is eco-friendly. The company ensures that its products uphold clean, sustainable and fair manufacturing standards. The Tea Spot’s model of social entrepreneurship incorporates a culture of giving as it grows: Ten percent of every sale made is donated in-kind to cancer and community wellness programs. More at theteaspot.com or media(at)theteaspot(dot)com.

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