Health knowledge made personal
Maria Uspenski is founder & CEO of The Tea Spot, where educating the public on ways to enjoy tea to enhance a healthy lifestyle is a vital element to the company's mission. Her message is simple and powerful: tea in its freshest form renders exceptional flavor, unmatched health benefits, and is eco-friendly.
A certified woman-owned and operated business, The Tea Spot produces innovative and patented products to modernize the loose-leaf tea experience. The award-winning SteepwareÂ® line promotes the ease of loose tea preparation. The Tea Spotâ??s line of microblended loose teas includes organic and Fair-Trade Certifiedâ?¢ estate teas as well as handcrafted signature blends. The company is committed to clean, sustainable, and fair manufacturing standards.
Maria Uspenskiâ??s inspiration to start The Tea Spot grew out of her passion to foster wellness for cancer survivors through full leaf tea. She had the entrepreneurial skills necessary to put her plans into action. Her 20 years in management, marketing, and product research and design came from her work with IBM, Control Data Corporation, and EcoSoftware, a computer systems engineering firm that she founded and operated. Under Uspenskiâ??s leadership, EcoSoftware sustained a consistent 30 percent annual growth rate during its eight-year existence. Lockheed Martin named it their â??Supplier of the Yearâ?? in 1999. Uspenski sold the firm in 2000. An MIT mechanical engineer, she is listed on three U.S. patents: one for her work with IBM, and two for The Tea Spotâ??s line of Steepwareâ?¢. Her engineering and business expertise now make it easier for us all to steep up the perfect cup of loose-leaf tea.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, The Tea Spotâ??s culture of social entrepreneurship incorporates a culture of giving as it grows: Ten percent of every sale is donated in-kind to cancer and community wellness programs.