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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

Birthday cake happy birthday

Edgar’s Blog: Happy birthday & many happy returns!

Happy birthday & many happy returns!

On our birthday, we feel a heightened sense of specialness; it’s our day, and even if you aren’t over the moon about it all, it’s still nice to feel celebrated. Unfortunately, our birthdays only come once a year, and even though prolonging the celebration (like a whole weekend) is fun and all, it isn’t always feasible.

Just the other day one of my friends was celebrating a birthday. A great reason to pop in and have a chat and wish him many happy returns. “Many happy returns” is a greeting which has been used since the 18th century as a salutation to offer the hope that a happy day being marked (your day of birth) would recur many more times.  An old man once said to me about age and birthdays: “everyone wants to get old but no one wants to be it!”. He is right, some people just don’t want to acknowledge their mortality.  But hey! we should be happy that we completed yet another year on this wonderful planet. Us turtles know loads about longevity and enjoying it. Why not join us and embrace age!

When I was young and it was my birthday my mum always let me choose a “special birthday tea”. Special because it was my choice what we ate and if I wanted a bag of crisps, and chocolate cake then that’s what we ate. It was fun and different to normal! Somewhere along the line we have forgotten to make special days special or we do only half of it because we get too caught up in the hassle of daily life.

So let’s not forget to celebrate our birthdays and the number of returns we have to that day and make it special. Celebrate it with something that you love. Be it cake, crisps, pancakes or …..dancing. And if you choose with a drink why not try it with one of my very special tea’s like the Yunnan Golden Tips or the Wild Mountain Clouds & Mist to go with it. They are both winners with and also go great with birthday cake.  More for the savoury celebration? Then try my Seowang Sejak or my New Zealand Oolong. Built up a thirst after dancing the night away? Then my Sencha Matcha  on ice is a must. A special tea for your special celebration of life!

So, as Edgar always promises: add special to normal and appreciate the small important things in life. Take time to celebrate your special day and also those of your friends. Acknowledge every minute of every year you spend on this beautiful planet coz as my old friend says, “you better, coz nobody gets out of here alive!”

Tulip fields Netherlands global perspective

Edgar’s Blog: global perspective

Do you have a global perspective?

Last April the world population reached the 7.5 billion people. These people are spread out over 195 countries and 510 billion square kilometers. Which comes down to 68 square kilometers per person, yet moste of use live on 68 square meters. Of course it doesn’t make sense to own so much land, water or ice. But what does matter is going out of your living space! How can you have a global perspective if you haven’t seen a lot of the world?

All 7.5 billion of you humans are stuck on this round globe called earth, why not explore the most of it! Exploring the world is one of the most valued things to do. As a turtle, travelling is in my nature, from the moment I was born. I was born on a gorgeous white beach with clear blue water. I waddled across this beautiful beach and dove in the first big wave that rolled on the beach. After been flushed back on the sand a few times I finely made it in to deeper water. Together with my brothers and sisters we swam into the ocean. While they went back to their birthplace I decided to explore more of the world. Countries like Sri Lanka, China, Japan and America were amazing but I was most intrigued by Rotterdam. Those huge buildings along the river with so many people cycling along and over water was just bizar.

Travelling really gave me a different perspective on the world. Everywhere I came people were nice and friendly. Like it was one big family, I suppose you are. Seeing so many different cultures, landscapes and climates makes you appreciate the small things in life. It might be tempting to visit the other side of the world but I learned that there are also beautiful places nearby. In China I saw European people, in Europe Chinees, In Sri Lanka Chinees and European and in America people from all around the world. Funny how this works, the grass is always greener on the other side right? If you travel all over the world you should definitely do so. If you can’t, remember that there are people travelling from all over the world to look at those beautiful tulip fields you see every day while going to work.

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” 😉

love turtles

Edgar’s Blog: Everybody loves Turtles.

Why does everyone love turtles?

 

This is a question I am often asked, so I decided to put some reasons on paper to share. Here goes. Some of the nouns used to describe my sort:

Patience, strength, stability, longevity, innocence, endurance and protection.

I can find myself in all of those things, they are me, it is true, it is so and also for the rest of my sort.  Oh and not forgetting the “naughtiness” 😉 that’s Edgar real time!

My shell gives me great protection, I can take it anywhere which allows me my carefree way to go and do what I want, when I want, with whom I want.  It is because of this carefree attitude and our longevity we are often thought to be one of the wisest souls amongst the animal kingdom. I can’t say too much about that but I can say that when you have been around as long as I have it takes a lot to ruffle my shell. Anyway why waste energy on things you can’t change just accept and move slowly but surely on.

 

We have few preditors, my shell helps me survive, my sort are survivors. Just look how long we have been around. I mean some fossils of my ancestors date back to 200 million years ago. How’s that for a family tree?

 

In China and Japan the turtle is a symbol for longevity. Some say this is due to our innocent energy which prolongs life. Others even say that my sort are a symbol for cosmic order; my shell symbolizes the heavens, my body the earth and my undershell the underworld. In many cultures the turtle is also recognised as the earth mother stoically and silently carrying the heavy burden of many on her thick back. Well I like to think of it this way: I am a turtle, I have connections to many cultures, I am friends with all and have no prejudice. All things deserve respect and honour. So where ever you are, whatever your culture, it would seem that you and me go a long, long way back. I have anthropological history on many continents.

Mu history and the history of tea is kind of why I started my own tea brand, I mean after water tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Tea has been around for more 2000 years –  not a lot of products out there with that kind of success I am sure you will agree.

The old Chinese proverb says: use tea to make friends.

Edgar’s says: use tea and turtles to make friends :-)

 

So to celebrate turtles, to celebrate friends and to celebrate positive energy I will give the first 5 people to respond a free taster box. Let me know what you like about turtles? This taster box has nine different teas for 3 litres of tea. That’s at least 135 cups of tea to share with your friends. Share your tea pictures with me please: Tag friends of Tea with Edgar,

Cheers and enjoy your Tea With Edgar today!

Edgar

 

 

 

 

Panna cotta tea for dinner

Edgar’s Blog: Tea for dinner

Winner winner tea for dinner

So last week one of my mates planned a great evening and for 8 friends did some great cooking. I was asked to pair the dishes with some of my teas.  We ended up with a 5 course tasting session both sweet and savoury. A great evening was had by all without a drop of alcohol. Yes, that’s right and that meant no hangover… You should try it! In one of my previous blogs I promised you guys to share some culinary ideas with you so here are a couple of combinations from our evening.

A great start to any party: fine smoked salmon but this time with some of Edgar’s spiced lemon grass tea served hot in a small glass. A surprising combo and certainly a fantastic way to serve this traditional nibble.

Another great combination we discovered was my Sencha tea combined with a panna cotta and a compote of red berries.  The texture of the panna cotta with the soft delicate taste of the Sencha is truly wonderful as the pannacotta is slowly melted by the tea and just as you think you’re at the end of this combination the berries hit you and all three explode together in your mouth. This is truly a match made in heaven, try it for yourself and see. Below is the recipe for the panna cotta and berries.  If you don’t yet have my Sencha – Buy it here now!

 

Ingredients

For the panna cotta

  • 3 gelatine leaves
  • 250ml/9fl oz milk
  • 250ml/9fl oz double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways, seeds scraped out
  • 25g/1oz sugar

For the sauce 

  • Sugar according to your taste
  • 175 ml water
  • 400 gm red berries

For the tea

  • 1000 ml water
  • 3-4gm Edgar’s Sencha loose green tea
  • Small tea glasses to serve

Method

  1. For the panna cotta, soak the gelatine leaves in a little cold water until soft.
  2. Place the milk, cream, vanilla pod and seeds and sugar into a pan and bring to a simmer. Remove the vanilla pod and discard.
  3. Squeeze the water out of the gelatine leaves, then add to the pan and take off the heat. Stir until the gelatine has dissolved.
  4. Divide the mixture among four ramekins and leave to cool. Place into the fridge for at least an hour, until set.
  5. For the sauce, place the water into a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, add the sugar and simmer until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. Take the pan off the heat and add half the fruit. Using a hand blender, blend the sauce until smooth.
  7. Pass the sauce through a sieve into a bowl and stir in the remaining fruit.
  8. To serve, turn each panna cotta out onto a serving plate. Spoon over the sauce and garnish with a sprig of mint. Dust with icing sugar.
  9. Make my green Sencha loose tea with water no hotter than 80 degrees centigrade and let it brew for at least 6 minutes before serving in a small glass with next to the panna cotta and berries. Try it and let me know what you think.

Do you have a combination with my tea for dinner that you want to share with me and my friends? Hook me up with your special recipe and I will share it with my friends! And if you share your delicious recipe I will get YOU some free tea to make it again when friends come over!

 

Cheers Edgar

Longest day of the year

Edgar’s Blog: Longest day of the year

Almost 17 hours is the longest day of the year.

The 21st of June is the longest day of the year. Of course it still counts 24 hours but on this day the sun comes up the earliest and goes under the latest. From 05:19 until 22:04 the sun is on our side and that makes it a 16 hour and 44 minute long day. Half a year later the sun will be up for just 7 hours and 43 minutes…. That is 9 hours deference!

On the 21st of June there are always a lot of activities. On this day it’s International Yoga day, it’s World music day and it is the first day of the Glastonbury music festival.

I think everybody feels very energized on this day. You get a lot of vitamin D and your body doesn’t need that much sleep. The perfect time to enjoy life and hang out with friends. Especially with the warm and very sunny days coming up life can’t get any better! Yet there is one group of people who wouldn’t mind a few extra hours of night at the moment. The Ramadan has started this year on 27st of May and continues to the 25st of June – only a little over 7 hours to have dinner sleep and have breakfast. So while many of us are enjoying these warm days with up to 30 degrees Celsius some of our friends are facing an incredibly difficult time with no water and food for more than 16 hours. Respect is the word! Luckily for them the nights are getting longer in the upcoming Ramadan’s.

Although we are going down in sun hours after June 21st the summer really starts here. People are going on vacation, schools are out and the sea water is getting warm. This might be my favourite time of the year!

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!

More about Jari

 

My socks improve your soxlife

Edgar’s Blog: My socks improve your soxlife

UP YOUR SOXLIFE

After the crime scene image I have followed up with an even spicier picture. This one is called ”My socks will improve your soxlife”

WHAT!!!? Sexlife? No, soxlife! But it’s just how you see it. I think socks are quite sexy. Socks are made for your feet and your feet are a very intimate part of your body. You don’t just touch someone’s feet and when you do touch the feet of your partner, lover or date things are getting pretty intimate…

Let’s go back to socks. The cool thing about socks is that they are an extension of your underwear. Your underwear is something you do not show to everyone. The last 10 years things have changed quite a bit. Socks can be more part of your outfit and it’s OK to show off with nice looking socks. What this really means is that you show a little bit more of your inner self. Although maybe a few people see your socks you know for yourself you’re rocking them in those fancy looking shoes.

Wearing cool and good quality socks means that you take care of your feet. When someone takes good care of his feet you can assume they will do so with the rest of their body parts as well. And that is sexy!

Last but not least socks tell something about a man. Large socks means he must have big ….. feet! For turtles this doesn’t count though. I may have small feet but have I four of them…..

Use your imagination and wear my socks, have fun and enjoy them. I will be looking  forward to hearing about your….soxlife!

Not to forget: you can button up your socks after he or she knocked your socks off. They will be paired after washing and be ready to be worn again. Buy some socks and up your soxlife!

My socks improve your soxlife