Award-winning Tea Infuser from The Tea Spot Gains National Distribution in Sur La Table Stores

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Award-winning Tea Infuser from The Tea Spot Gains National Distribution in Sur La Table Stores

Loose Tea Infuser from The Tea Spot – The Tuffy Steeper

Boulder, CO (Vocus) October 19, 2010

The Tuffy Tea Steeper is an affordable and easy to use tool for people looking to discover loose leaf tea, or for tea aficionados looking to take their leaf tea steeping on the road. It is now being introduced in Sur La Table stores nationwide at a retail price of .95.

The Tuffy Steeper is a revolutionary portable silicone tea infuser. This loose tea infuser is a versatile kitchen gadget designed for steeping loose leaf tea, coarse ground coffee, and herbs, both at home and on the go. Designed to fit most cups, mugs and teapots, it is now available in six bright colors, including two new vibrant shades – Strawberry and Key Lime – perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

The Tuffy Tea Steeper is the entry level Patent-Pending loose leaf tea infuser in The Tea Spot’s line of Steepware®. The Tea Spot was awarded the 2009 Gear of the Year Award for the Tuffy Steeper by Shape You, Home of the Gear of Year Awards™. This durable silicone tea infuser weighs only 2 oz., and folds down to less than an inch tall with a 3-inch diameter, making it ideal for travel and camping. It is dishwasher safe.

Steepware® designs are The Tea Spot’s functionally designed tools that bring convenience to the quality and integrity of steeping loose leaf tea. Steepware® is a new category in housewares that infuses ancient tea traditions with modern technology and design. The Tea Spot’s Steepware® line currently includes Steeping Cups, Tea Mugs, and the Dripless Teapot – all handcrafted using high quality lead–free ceramics. The Tea Spot will continue to bring new products to this line to enhance the simplicity of steeping great loose leaf tea.

Jessica Burtenshaw, The Tea Spot’s Director of Development, announced “Being from the West Coast, I grew up going to Sur La Table stores with my father, a weekend warrior chef and avid collector of cooking gadgets. Naturally, I’m ecstatic that our latest Steepware® innovation is going to be carried at Sur La Table – the gourmet cook’s paradise.”

The first Sur La Table store opened in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1972 selling hard-to-find kitchenware imported from France. Since then the company has expanded to more than 75 stores nationwide, a direct-mail business distributing millions of catalogs each year, an e-commerce site, a gift registry, and a cooking class program. Sur La Table continues to carry many of the same products from France that it carried when it opened, but now offers tools from around the world to prepare any cuisine. Sur La Table remains committed to its roots by continuing to provide exceptional customer service and a broad assortment of premium-quality products. Sur La Table headquarters are located in Seattle, Washington.

The Tea Spot is a certified woman-owned and operated business producing proprietary products for loose leaf tea. Patented tea infuser 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 green leaf tea during her recovery. She set forth to modernize the loose tea experience, making it an everyday luxury. Her message is simple and powerful: leaf tea in its freshest form renders incredible flavor, unmatched health benefits, and is eco-friendly. The company ensures that its teaware upholds 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.



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