ProfileMaria Uspenski is the founder of The Tea Spot, where her mission is to advance healthier living through the everyday enjoyment of whole leaf tea. An MIT mechanical engineer by trade, Uspenski is the innovative force listed on three U.S. patents for Steepware® inventions, which promote the ease of tea preparation. She is the author of “Cancer Hates Tea”, published by Page Street Books in 2016, and has been a regular contributor to blogs for The Denver Post, T-Ching and The Tea Spot. Maria was recognized as the “Top Tea Health Advocate” at the 2017 World Tea Expo. She is called on to lecture at universities and conferences nationwide. Uspenski has been featured in the Huffington Post, and on television, radio and podcast interviews for her success as a social entrepreneur and certified tea and fitness nutrition expert. The Tea Spot donates ten percent of all sales in-kind to cancer and community wellness.