Tea Steeper Gears up to Win Top Natural Products, Health & Fitness Award

Press Release - September 24,2009

BOULDER, Colorado, September 24th, 2009 -- Shape You, Home of the Gear of Year Awards™, announced today that the TUFFY STEEPER won Top Gear of the Year Award for the tea category.

TUFFY STEEPERS are expandable and collapsible silicone tea infusers designed for easy storage, travel, camping, and tea on-the-go. Invented by The Tea Spot’s CEO and founder, Maria Uspenski, the TUFFY STEEPER was initially developed to replace ‘the infamous tea-ball that everybody has and nobody uses’. Tea consumers are savvy. They want functional and practical tea accessories to make loose leaf tea easy. The TUFFY STEEPER fills their need to a “tea”.

Compatible with most cups, mugs and teapots, the TUFFY STEEPER, is durable, reusable, and dishwasher-friendly filter. Made of food-grade LFGB Silicone, the TUFFY is heat, stain and odor-resistant. Its functional design gives tea leaves enough volume to steep correctly and its many small holes prevent the tea leaves from passing into your vessel. The lid also doubles as a saucer for when your tea is done steeping. The TUFFY STEEPER can be used to brew coffee. It is also a versatile kitchen gadget when cooking with tea or herbs, providing an easy way to strain leaves and spices without fuss or mess.

Available in four different colors, and retailing for $8.95, these clever tea-steeping devices make replacing the tea-ball affordable and essential. The TUFFY STEEPER is a brilliant addition to the Tea Spot’s STEEPWARE™ line and complements their hand-crafted collection of loose leaf teas, available for purchase at theteaspot.com. The Tea Spot’s products are also sold nationwide through retailers like Whole Foods Markets, Central Market, Vitamin Shoppes, select H-E-B’s and independent specialty retailers.