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


Edgar’s blog: Kingsday aka ”Koningsdag”

Kingsday aka (Koningsdag)

Orange as an Orange, Koningsdag (King’s day in the Netherlands!)

On the 27th of April all the dutch peeps celebrate the birthday of the King of the Netherlands. Kingsday (Koningsdag) or Queensday is an old tradition to celebrate the birth of the reigning king or queen. It is a public holiday so everyone gets a day off. You are allowed to sell freely on the streets. No permit required. All ages and all types selling everything from toys to sofas to cannabis plants.

Across the whole country Kingsday (Koningsdag) is a big party “Het Oranje feest”.  King Willem and his family visit selected towns and villages around the country and join in with the fun, eat orange cakes, drink orange drinks and play orange games.

All very cool those markets and festivals but what makes Kingsday (Koningsdag) so special is that the whole nation is decorated or dressed in ORANGE, with a little bit of red, white and blue. It’s like carnival but totally orange. You are probably wondering why the hell ORANGE … that comes from the surname of the Dutch royal family, Van Oranje.  Literally translated: From Orange. So the Dutch want everything orange this day except for one thing… their beer. That should be yellow but definitely there!

Join these crazy Dutch folks with Orange socks and an Orange pair of sunglasses! And just be as Orange as an Orange.

In name of the King. Hoera, hoera, hoeraaa!

Be a King! Buy my royal socks.

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.

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

Father's day sock box with Barouffe lether key chain. Red and blue pair of socks in a box

Edgar’s blog: Father’s Day

Father’s Day. So why do we celebrate father’s day?

Father’s Day falls in a host of countries around the world on the 19th June 2016. As with most things the exact origins of Father’s Day are disputed but we can say that the movement for a dedicated day for father started about 100 years ago in the USA. The first official day for father seems to have been in 1910. Father’s day is celebrated differently around the world. While, for example, in UK and the Netherlands you can expect breakfast in bed, a home made card and maybe a little pressie, in Germany they have slightly bent the meaning towards a “bender” and spend the day hiking and drinking beer with other men. Sounds like a good plan I can hear a few of you thinking.

In many countries it is true that children make handcrafted gifts for their fathers. A nice touch in this consumer driven society. What can make father’s day funny are those father’s day jokes.  Have a look at this link. But also imagining the  things that your father would never say to you, for example:

“Can you turn up that music?”

“Go ahead and take my truck. Here’s 50 euro for petrol.”

“I LOVE your tattoo. We should both get new ones.”

“Here, you take the remote.”

So go on spoil the old man this coming Father’s day perhaps with some kind words, something special or just an hour of your time for some job he needs doing.  “Thanks mate.”

Buy you Father’s Day sock box!

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: Tip for smelly feet

Look at your feet. No, take a good look at them. There they are on the end of your legs.

You run, walk, seduce and do all sorts of things that you would find it really hard to do without them. Most of the time you never even notice them let alone give them a bit of TLC.

Some guys judge girls by how well they take care of their feet. Yeap! Apparently they think that if a girl doesn’t take care of her feet she doesn’t take care of the rest of herself… and that can affect whether or not they want to date her.  For all you male peeps out there, chicks judge you by your footsies too.   Ask yourself honestly, are your feet a turn-on or a turn-off?

Whoever you are it is important to have healthy feet and they are often forgotten.  So start today and give your feet a treat.

Try Edgar’s tip for smelly footsies: take at least 4-6 litres of black tea and soak your feet for 15-30 mins. Enjoy. Dry your feet and treat them to a fresh pair of my socks. No more smelly feet with Edgar :-)


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Edgar’s blog: Button up

“Button up”

Everyday through no fault of their own millions of innocent socks loose their partners in the monster washing machine. I love my socks too much to see them go through the agony of parting on a regular basis and that’s why I gave each pair a button and a button hole. It’s like a marriage for socks. No more lonely socks. No more sockless you.

Kick off your socks, button up, wash them in the monster, hang them up ( without pegs) and realise your daily sock hassle is over now and forever more.

This not only saves money for new socks but also lots of time. More time for the good things in life, like taking someone else’s socks off 😉

What ever way you want to look at it , my socks will improve your soxlife 😉

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Edgar’s blog: “Quality coz it makes me feel good”

“Quality coz it makes me feel good”

A friend of Edgar just mailed me to compliment me on the quality of my socks. He said he never had socks that have lasted him for such along time.

Let me tell you 3 good things about my socks: soft, less sweat and hardwearing

My socks are soft because of the composition, I use a combination of 80% combed cotton, 17% polyamide, 3% elastine. The combed cotton is soft and good for your feet. The long cotton fibres ensure that there is more stretch in the socks. More stretch in the fibre means we can use less of the synthetic products like elastine and polyamide when making the socks. Less synthetics, less sweat, less skin irritation, less smell and fewer awkward moments.

Hard wearing because my socks use a different weaving method to ensure reinforcement of heel and toe areas. No holes…no more worries about kicking your shoes off on a date.

Last but not least whatever way you look at it, my socks are good for your soxlife.

Edgar’s Blog: Valentine seduction tips 2

Sensual chocolate.
Have you seen my sensual chocolate brown socks? Some say chocolate brown socks are boring, I disagree, chocolate brown is one of those colours that is chic, classy and sensual. We all know what chocolate can do for you …… 😉 At least, it always brings out the best in me….. you too? Why not make this Valentine a dark night with a box of my sensual chocolate socks and chocolate from Chocolátl.
Cheers Edgar