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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!

 

Panda eating bamboo

Edgar’s Blog: Bamboo, good for you?

Bamboo is special, very special!

Did you know that bamboo can grow really fast? Certain species can grow 91 cm within 24 hours, that is almost 4 cm an hour! The tallest stem ever measured was 50 meters high. Another cool fact about bamboo is that is grows in a lot of different climates. Often it’s being called a tree, never the less it is a type of grass. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. Bamboo is an economic and cultural icon in the Southeast of Asia, being used for building materials, food, and as a replacement for wood. This interesting type of grass is one of the most multipurpose natural material in the world. Just think about it, Panda’s eat Bamboo all day long yet in the western countries you see youngsters with Bamboo smartphone covers

One thing is certain, Bamboos are awesome! That is why I was keen to work with this material and looked at all sorts of options. Alongside this idea I was also looking for a stronger Tea Thermos bottle then the glass one you know from my webshop. Some of you were looking for a travel friendlier variation and it is finally here! Together with our producer I looked for the same features as on the glass thermos bottle. We came with a aluminium inside and a Bamboo outside. Bamboo has a higher specific compressive strength than wood, brick, or concrete and a specific tensile strength that rivals steel. So this might be one of the strongest Tea Thermos bottles out there! Inside the bottle you will find the same filter basket as in my glass thermos bottle. The basket works great for fine leave teas while you can also only use the top part of the filter for bigger leave tea. With this new bottle having it a aluminium inside it will keep you tea hot for an even longer period. It can keep you tea hot up to five hours! Of course it will cool down a bit quicker is you open it a few times.

Have a look at my new Bamboo Tea Thermos bottle!

Get €5,- off with this coupon: Bamblog

With Edgar Teagra

Edgar’s Blog: Teagra for your mojo!

”WARNING” My Tea is good for your mojo

First of all tea is hot, especially my tea! More and more people drink quality tea’s and this is great because tea has a lot of health benefits. Next to the fact that tea is a good replacement for other drinks it has a lot of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals but you also drink loads more water with it! Water is one of the best things for your body. It cleans your organs and keeps your body hydrated. Tea and water a great team. The two most consumed beverages on this planet.

A healthy body is sexy! People that look after their body feel good and have confidence that gives a certain attraction. This is called mojo. Your mojo is key for flirting, dating and relationships. Pretty important that you don’t lose your mojo. But hey, ‘’My tea is good for your mojo’’. so just keep on drinking it!

With this campaign image I wanted to show people that tea can be sexy! Of course a lot of women are drinking tea and this seems normal. With men this isn’t always the case, they often have to explain themselves for not drinking coffee or even worse a soda drink. Well judgmental peeps, there is absolutely no need for that because tea is hot! That man is just keeping his mojo on a proper level. You should try it too.

In the image you see a teagra package with six tea shots. Teagra might be the best drug ever! If you want to upgrade your mojo a package of my tea is all you need! Take it along to work, a date, on holiday and definitely keep a package at home. If you are running low on your mojo then take a few tea shots and you are good to go!

For a further explanation about what mojo really means, here is a YouTube video from Austin Powers about his mojo. Enjoy yourself and remember My Tea is good for YOUR mojo!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6Acigj8isc

Hello my cupcake,

Edgar’s Blog: Hello my cupcake

Hello my cupcake, fancy a cuppa?

Use, Hello my cupcake, for your pick up line and success guaranteed, if you’re a turtle like me. I talked about tea and food before in the blog post “Tea for foodies”. But this time I want to talk about high tea or afternoon tea or cream tea. Traditionally high tea is at the high table and is just and early dinner. Yes, we English like to drink tea with our meal. The afternoon tea and cream tea are more like the ”high tea” concepts we see a lot in cafés nowadays. Just a small meal, mostly sweet, with tea. In England this is something we do at a cafe or at home at around 3-4 pm in the afternoon. The afternoon tea just boosts your engine till dinner time in the evening which is usually around 7pm or later.

In other countries I sometimes see ”high teas” as a lunch or even a brunch. That is totally incorrect but I do like to see that people are copying the tea tradition. That quality time moment with family or friends is always good to have. Who am I to judge when you are having this moment and call it…

That said, what kind of sweets do go well with tea? Well basically everything. If you drink real tea it will not be very sweet and therefore complementing the sugars in your pastry. I really like a cupcake with my tea! The warm black Assam tea neutralizes the extreme sweet taste of my Red Velvet cupcake. Also I find it easier to digest the cupcake with warm tea.

Sometimes I hear that men don’t find the ”high tea” “afternoon tea” concept masculine enough. That is sad to hear because then you don’t realize something… First, women are crazy about sweets and pastries. Second, you sit very close to each other. Third, you share tea and food and now it’s getting more intimate…. Fourth, you eat with your hands. That means you can discreetly feed each other. Fifth, after the ”high tea” you have a whole afternoon and evening left. You know what to do!

PS. All her friends will love you before you’ve met them. Because you are that guy from the ”high tea” 😉

tea for foodies

Edgar’s Blog: Tea for Foodies

Tea for Foodies

Just like wine,  good tea is about drinking it on a moment you will enjoy it to it’s maximum. It should make you feel special whatever the occasion, whatever the time. At the same time tea is something that is deeply comforting, deeply ordinary, deeply compassionate. In fact as a tea lover tea is so much part of you it belongs to you and  not only in a teapot, a wine glass or a tea mug but also in your food.  Have you ever tried cooking with tea? By splashing some left over morning brew into a hot pan of dark browned meat and mushrooms for the evenings beef casserole?  Or better still saving that cold tea and using it to make a delicious barmbrack. Who says baking real cake takes time. This cake takes less time to make than drinking a cup of tea. Try it.

Just like wine it is easy to go on for hours about the finesse of different quality teas and I just love to do that but I also love to cook with my teas, to experiment and see what flavours match my delicious brews. Try it and you will find that tea is as much a good cooking ingredient than the other herbs you use in the kitchen. A pinch of tea leaves can do so much more. During the coming weeks I will be giving you a few interesting tea recipes so watch this space…

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

 

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

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.