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Edgar’s Blog: Brains on.

Brains On.

Your brains can be very convenient for your well being. They help you to think, to work and most of all they are the reason you are alive. The human brain is an extraordinary organ that works overtime.

With this campaign image I wanted to focus on your brains. But what does this have to do with tea? Well more than you might think. First let’s go back to the human brain. The brain of a human works different to animals. Where animals are busy with surviving, humans are busy learning. They keep on developing. Humans invent stuff that makes their lives simpler. With these inventions they can learn faster and faster. Humans are self-aware, they can analyse themselves and improve next time. So the brains of a human are very important. Not just for themselves but also for the next generations.

For people to use their brain they need energy. Good nutrition is key for that energy but most humans like to get more energy. For that extra bit they often consume coffee, energy drinks or sport drinks. These contain a big amount of caffeine or sugar and energy drink has a big amount of both. And that definitely kicks in and will give you an energy boost! But this comes with a peak. After an hour you will need another peek and another one and one more. That caffeine or sugar peak is often followed by a dip. With tea this isn’t the case. Tea has l-theeine which is a similar  caffeine. But l-theeine doesn’t come with a peak. It’s generates alpha activity in the brain and will give you more alertness spread over a few hours. Think of meditation and why monks drink tea. Your brain is on 24/7 so it makes sense to spread out some extra alertness instead of going for the quick win. It is also known that the brain is more creative in it’s alpha state. Lieke Janssen made this awesome campaign image where you can see a brain in the shape of a tea pot. On the top of the brain/teapot there is an On and Off switch. If you need your brain just turn them on by drinking tea, With Edgar of course!

 

Summer tea

Edgar’s blog: Drink that booty off

Zinger your body and drink that booty off.

One of my tea blends is a blend of spices called “ginger zinger”.

It contains ginger, green rooibos, black and white peppercorns and a smidgen of stevia. All natural products that have different properties and effects on the bodies.

Ginger, for example has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite and motion sickness. Ginger is also used for pain, such a headaches and it is known to fight the virus that causes the common cold. Green rooibos tea contains absolutely no caffeine but does contains the antioxidants that stop the wrinkles (and a cheap wrinkle stopper at that for 10 eurocents a cup ;-)). Black pepper is rich in magnesium and lots of essential elements like copper and iron. The outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the break down of fat. So boost your body with my ginger zinger and drink that booty off.

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Edgar’s Blog: Losing your sock sucks

Don’t spend time searching for socks!

It’s a dark early morning. When you get out of bed you turn the heater on. Quickly you run towards the shower. Ice cold water clatters on the floor. Hot water!! Finally you can relax and warm up. When getting out of the shower and you are all dried you start looking for socks. Lights are on but your shadow makes all socks dark blue, black or brown… You take a pair and start putting them on. Blue and brown…. Next pair. Black and blue. Finally you find a matching pair. Same colour and same size!! You look down and see one toe peeking out of your left sock. WHY!!! Then black and blue. Your floor looks like a crime scene, socks everywhere. You are late for work and on top of that you have missed your metro.

At work everything is OK. Your boss asks you about your weekend and you have a nice chat. ”Are you ready for the big meeting at 14:00?” He asks. Yes, definitely! “Good then you have 45 minutes to get a matching pair of socks! The first impression matters the most and I am not going into a meeting with you looking like that” he said…

Every day you give a first impression to someone. You will never know what each day will bring you so better be prepared. A simple thing like your socks are more important than you might think. They tells who you are, they show your personality. If you can’t manage to get an equal pair of socks on your feet what can you manage?

Losing your sock sucks. That is why I came up with the Button System. Button up before you throw them in your laundry basket. They will stay together in the washing machine, while drying and in your sock drawer. No more 20 minute searches on a dark morning for an equal pair! Not wrinkled and ready to wear. Button up With Edgar!

 

Losing your socks sucks

 

 

 

Edgar's Blog: Positive feedback

Edgar’s Blog: Positive feedback

It works, it works, it really works! What works? The button system!

Last week I ”ran” into a customer and he told me that he used the button system all the time. Even his lady friend was very happy with my sock solution. It was nice to get positive feedback like this. After spending a lot of time developing and selling it feels very good to meet people that enjoy using something I created.

Lately I also receive a lot of positive comments on my tea. People like the flavours and they like to tell me which one is their favourite Edgar tea. Very cool to hear peeps talk like that. Just over a year there wear a lot of friends and family tasting tea to help me develop the flavours that are now sold in stores. Time flies when you are having fun right. Well I just love to get feedback from you all. It doesn’t matter of it’s positive or negative, as long that I can learn something about my own products.

For all of you that have supported me, thank you, thank you. Thank you very much!

Cheers,

 

Edgar

Japanese wooden box on black background

Edgar’s Blog: Positive thinking

Positive thinking sounds very logical. But is it?

We all want to show the world that we are doing very well. You share the good moments, good food and good parties all on your social media. So in a way we try to show everybody that we live our lives positively. But do we always think positively? Well I think we can do a lot better. If it’s raining people complain, if it’s warm people complain, if the traffic is bad people complain. Complaining is always a good opportunity for a conversation and that is sad. So it’s time for a change!

The famous Dutch soccer player Johan Crujff always said: ”Elk nadeel heb ze voordeel”. Meaning every disadvantage has an advantage. Why would we put focus on the negative if we can emphasize the positive. So today, what disadvantage will you turn into an advantage?

You want to know mine? This weather makes me feel hot and bothered but it gives me a chance to drink my delicious matcha kuchicha out of my lovely design tea bottle. This cold brew tea is a great alternative to a glass of alcohol. That makes me feel cool and cool!

End of the summer I only have 3 bottles left so if you want a set send me a mail quick.

info@withedgar.com

Cheers Edgar

Tea with Edgar Cold brew tea. Positive thinking

Japanese Matcha tea with Edgar. in white cup with black background

Edgar’s blog: is Matcha a match for you

Matcha Match with Edgar

Just recently loads of peeps have been asking me about Matcha. Probabaly because they have been on holiday to the US and UK where drinking matcha tea has really taken off. It is a new healthy trend.

Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea from Japan. It is special in two aspects of farming and processing: The green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about three week prior to harvesting and after harvesting the stems and the veins of the leaves are removed. The leaf is dried and stone ground.

As early as the 8th century a Japanese Zen priest Eisai claimed matcha to be  “the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”. Recently matcha has taken on a new image as being a must have for the health set crowd. So why is matcha so good for you? But what’s the truth behind the health claims? Here’s what you need to know if you want to join the green health party.

To prepare matcha the traditional Japanese way, measure the tea into a heated tea bowl (chawan) with a bent bamboo spoon (chashaku). Add hot but not boiling water – 70°C is about right – then whisk to a froth using a special bamboo whisk (chasen). If you have not got the real gear use an electric milk frother just as good and great for those of us in a hurry.

So why is matcha good for you? Matcha contains small amounts of various vitamins and minerals, but is most prized for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant. Matcha is made from ground up whole tea leaves dissolved in water. it’s a more potent source of catechins than standard green tea, which is consumed as an infusion and the leaves discarded. Also matcha contains must less caffeine 24–39mg per cup than a coffee shot but at the same time delivers a feeling of “calm alertness” with none of side effects that can come with coffee.

What about quality? With Matcha, as for any tea, you pay for what you get. The more you pay the better the quality. For good quality matcha you will pay about 25 euros for 25 gms. You need to see a vibrant green colour. You can also get it cheaper but then it is for cooking, not drinking and the colour is duller and less vibrant than the drinking quality.

Go on try it with me. I have a very special organic one for you, just flown in from Japan.

Cheers Edgar

A double wall glass thermos bottle. With two different tea filters. Easy to use for any kind of loose tea. Perfect for Hot or cold tea.

Edgar’s blog: Cold tea

OMG it’s weather for cold tea!

With sunny days like last weekend I drink litres of my own cold tea! You all probably know that I love tea and can drink it all day. On hot sunny days I still want my tea and a cool refreshing drink too. That is why I make my tea cold. I have a few tea’s that work great for cold tea. I’ll explain how to make cold tea on the basis of my thermos bottle.

My Nuts 4 nuts loose tea:

This pure blend of nuts along with veggies, is one of my sweeter tea’s and  it has a hot summer pink colour. This blend contains no caffeine, sugar or any artificial ingredients, pure healthy goodness. Fill the tea filter basket of my loose tea thermos bottle with  2 teaspoons  of Nuts 4 Nuts loose tea. Fill up the thermos bottle almost to the top with water and put in the filter basket with the Nuts 4 nuts. Screw the lid on the bottle. Leave the lid a little loose. This way it will cool faster. Set it in the refrigerator for a 3 to 4 hours. If you are in a hurry and want a quick chill you can always use ready chilled water and ice.

My Spiced lemon grass loose tea:

Have you ever drank a spicy cold tea? Well I have and it’s great! The lemon grass along with pieces of coconut make this tea very refreshing. The chillie gives it a cheeky kick at the end. You can make this cold tea exactly the same as the Nuts 4 nuts. Put 2 teaspoons of spiced lemon grass in the the filter basket and set in my loose tea thermos bottle. If you prefer not tooooo spicy take out a chillie or two or just let it brew for a shorter time.

My Detox loose tea:

My best friend after over indulging hot or cold! With this tea I would recommend a different way of making it as a cold tea. Fill the tea filter basket of my loose tea thermos bottle with 2 teaspoons of Detox loose tea and set it in the thermos bottle. For green tea let the boiled water cool down a bit till it’s +/- 80 degrees. Slowly poor over hot water and let it brew for 5 minutes. Take out the filter basket including the tea. Let it cool down for a while. Then close the bottle and set in the refrigerator.

I used these teas as an example but of course you take any kind of tea and make it a cold tea. It’s a great beverage that is refreshing, healthy and my teas contain no added sugar. Just try it out and let me know what you think. If you make new sorts of cold tea I would love to hear your story.

Here is a video how to use my loose tea thermos bottle.

Edgar’s blog: a pair of socks should stay a pair

For a four footed creature like me it’s ridiculous to walk with odd socks. For a long time I have spent hours matching socks that came out of the laundry. I tried out a lot of hacks to keep my pairs a pair. Some ideas worked a bit but mostly it took more time then matching the pair of socks.

One day I was swimming along in the river Maas just in front of the Rotterdam Building and suddenly it hit me. A button! That’s it, just a button. Buttons have been used for ages in almost every kind of clothing. Even boxer shorts have buttons. And yet nobody had put buttons on a sock.

So I tried it out… It worked great!

On one sock there is a button and on the other sock there is a buttonhole. Button them up before you throw them in the laundry. Put your pair of socks in the washing machine. And best of all, take your pair out of the washing machine! Besides the fact that they stay together in the washing machine you also save time hanging them out on the drying rack. Yes! No more faff with pegs.

I most def made my life a lot easier. I hope it will make yours a lot easier too!

Cheers, Edgar

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Rommel na Folterpop

Edgar’s blog: cool accommodation for Glastonbury festival

Cool, a tent made of cardboard. Students at the University of Delft have developed a festival tent that is made of cardboard. Totally bio-degradable. How chill is that? Inspired by a picture of the Glastonbury festival after it had finished. These two students decided go ahead and market the idea one of them had for his last year design project at Delft TU.

This tent has been described as the “The Ferrari under the cardboard boxes”.

It saddens me that this tent is needed and that the responsible peeps just can’t take their rubbish home with them. But hey, hats off to these lads who have found an easy way out for a lot of those lazy peeps out there.

Just one more step before you all have the chance to have your house with you all the time like me. How cool is that 😉

Check them out: kartent.nl

Cheers Edgar

Kartent1

Edgar’s blog: It’s about to go down

Check it out and pay the turtle;-)

New socks, new tea, new website and a lot of hard graft. Good fun getting there though. Hope you like my new spaces as much as I do.
Relax and chill with me, do a bit of work with me, drink tea with me, take a walk with me and much much more.
Enjoy the art work, whilst checking out my new products and please don’t forget to pay the turtle 😉

Cheers Edgar

Just one more thing, to really enjoy the art work, please zoom in on the finer details……. and be surprised.