Loose Leaf Tea Company The Tea Spot to be Featured as Gold-level Sponsor, Exhibitor, and Educator at World Tea Expo in Las Vegas June 7 – 9, 2013

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The Tea Spot will be highlighted as presenters, exhibitors and sponsors at the June 2013 World Tea Expo and Healthy Beverage Expo in Las Vegas, events which will draw over 4,000 industry participants from around the world.

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The expanded focus the expo is taking into the healthy beverage sector is precisely where we see premium tea going in the U.S. and look forward to helping evolve the category with our new cold brew tea products.

The Tea Spot will be featured as a gold-level sponsor, exhibitor, and educator at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. The company has established an expert reputation as cutting-edge developer and marketer of products that facilitate loose leaf tea. The Tea Spot will be exhibiting in Booth #711, easily accessible to attendees of the World Tea Expo as well as the Healthy Beverage Expo, which will be co-located in the North Hall of the Las Vegas, Nevada, Convention Center. The World Tea Expo and Healthy Beverage Expo will take place June 7 – 9, 2013. The co-location of premium tea and healthy beverage expos is in ideal alignment with The Tea Spot’s mission of fostering health and wellness by making loose leaf tea an everyday beverage.

The Tea Spot’s products will be displayed Friday through Sunday, June 7 – 9 in the exhibition hall, as well as in the new product showcase of the World Tea Expo. Maria Uspenski, The Tea Spot’s CEO, will be making a vendor presentation about the company’s launch of cold brew teas on Friday at 2:30 PM at the Healthy Beverage Expo. Uspenski’s focus at The Tea Spot is new product development, and she holds multiple U.S. Patents on the company’s line of Steepware® – housewares designed specifically for easy preparation and serving of loose leaf tea. The Tea Spot has also been selected to present two education sessions they have authored: “Raising the Bar: Taking Tea to New Heights in the Coffee Shop” on Friday June 7th and “Growing a Customer Base on a Shoestring Budget: Marketing Strategies with High ROI” on Saturday June 8th.

“Raising the Bar: Taking Tea to New Heights in the Coffee Shop” will be presented by The Tea Spot’s tea consultant Bo Olson. Bo advises coffee shop owners and managers on how to maximize tea sales by fine-tuning their tea lists, specialty drink menus, employee training materials, customer support and operational procedures. His vast base of practical knowledge comes from over six years of barista and professional marketing experience in infusing, blending and educating customers about specialty tea. Bo is expert in producing positive change through effective communication, tea education, and compassionate customer service. A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Bo has presented at many events ranging from the World Tea Expo, and corporate customer trainings to poetry readings and musical performances.

Saturday’s session “Growing a Customer Base on a Shoestring Budget: Marketing Strategies with High ROI” is offered by The Tea Spot’s CMO, Jessica Kochik. Jessica spearheads the marketing of two emerging brands in the natural products industry – The Tea Spot & Brewlux®. Central to the development of The Tea Spot’s thriving online community, Kochik has grown revenues over 50% year-over-year for the past six years and has implemented the marketing strategies yielding a customer retention rate of over 50%. With a numbers-based approach to marketing, Kochik has improved profit margins in this channel while ramping up exposure through a variety of hands-on tactics such as PPC ads, SEO, social media, newsletter marketing, and a commitment to stellar customer service. She is experienced in consumer market research and launched the successful introduction of the Brewlux® filter— a recyclable loose leaf tea infuser for premium tea in mass food-service. Kochik is the Principal Investigator on two USDA Small Business Innovation Research grants for Brewlux®.

The World Tea Expo is the tea industry’s flagship conference, expected to attract over 4,000 attendees from around the world, in conjunction with Healthy Beverage Expo. The Tea Spot will be one of more than 200 industry exhibitors at the joint expos, presenting its handcrafted loose tea and Steepware® products, designed for hot and cold brewing. The Tea Spot's CEO, Maria Uspenski, stated, "We're excited about this year's expo even more than in previous years. The expanded focus the expo is taking into the healthy beverage sector is precisely where we see premium tea going in the U.S. and look forward to helping evolve the category with our new cold brew tea products."

About The Tea Spot, Inc.: The Tea Spot is a for-profit philanthropic business producing handcrafted loose leaf teas and Steepware® – the tools that make loose tea easy. The Boulder, Colorado-based woman owned and operated company was founded by Maria Uspenski in 2004. A cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of leaf tea during her recovery, she set forth to modernize the loose-leaf tea experience. Her message is simple and powerful: tea in its freshest form renders incredible flavor, unmatched health benefits, and is eco-friendly. The Tea Spot is a Certified B Corporation and ensures that its products uphold clean, sustainable and fair manufacturing standards. The company’s model of social entrepreneurship incorporates a culture of giving as it grows: ten percent of all profits are donated in-kind to cancer and community wellness programs. http://theteaspot.com

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