Choco masala chai

Edgar’s Blog: Choco Masala Chai

Do you like hot Choco or prefer Masala Chai?

Well I like both! And call it Choco Masala Chai. Last month I was at the Chocolate fair in Eindhoven. Chocolate is an interesting product category that is changing very fast. Just like tea and coffee the production process is very important. People want to know where their chocolate is coming from. And the quality chocolatiers are focusing on this more then ever. This way there’s a whole new culture emerging, the bean to bar philosophy. Instead of buying the prepared cocoa paste and turning this into chocolate the quality chocolatiers are now getting involved with the the coco beans and the production of chocolate from stat to finish. Weirdly enough this is very normal in the tea and coffee industry but with chocolate not yet.

At the Chocolate fair last month I spoke with one of these chocolatiers and he literally saved the coco bean husks, called cocoa nibs! The nibs also give a chocolate kind flavour. He suggested I try to brew it like tea, ok… Of course a tea lover like me, I tried a few combinations  and finally mixed the cocoa nibs with my Masala Chai. Brewed it for a few minutes and gave it a try. OMG! It’s freaking delicious!  You have just got to try it! BUY CHOCO MASALA CHAI. *send me an email, info@withedgar.com

 

Judoka inspiration

Edgar’s Blog: Inspiration leads to motivation

Inspiration from a twelve year old Judoka

We all have 24 hours in one day 365 days a year.  Once every four years we even get an extra day! How do we fill in these days? Each of us does this in a different way. Sometimes you meet people that have a special time schedule… Either they have 48 hours a day, do not sleep or have a time machine.

I have spoken to a some of these people and they have just the same amount of hours as each and every one. But they do have something. Passion! This passion is going on 24 hours a day. Waking up is no problem when you are ready to do what you love. Working till bed time neither.

People like this are a true inspiration for me. I admire their passion and like to help anywhere I can. There are two people that I have helped the last year. One is the initiator of the Koskoda turtle sanctuary in Sri Lanka. His passion for helping turtles like me is truly hart warming! Read the blog I wrote last year. > Koskoda blog <

The other one is the Judo kid Jari. Jari is an incredibly talented boy who has done Judo from his early years. Nowadays he is competing against kids sometimes two years older and then beets them… So better watch out! Although he just turned twelve he qualified for the Dutch championships for kids up to fifteen. His parents are his biggest fans and travel with him to all the games around the country. He also  gets invitations for matches outside of the Netherlands. Croatia and Sweden and maybe even a third foreign country in summer. Things are getting pretty serious. That is why I choose to help Jari by sponsoring him.  Like I said, some people truly inspire you! And when it’s a twelve year old kid you have to help him get the most out of his 24 hours. Do you know people that inspire you? Maybe you can do something for them as well. Inspiration leads to motivation and that gives a great feeling!

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