Throughout history, there have been those who were so passionate, driven and innovative, they changed the course of culture. Some can be seen as more than just a man – they are a Van. As a master coffee roaster, Albert-Louis Van Houtte was a member of this extremely exclusive club.
Today, we explore the life of another Van who was also a master of his craft: Eddie Van Halen
Big hair. Big arms. Big riffs.
In the 1980s, electric guitarist Eddie Van Halen was one of the biggest rock stars on the planet. He is still regularly referred to as a “guitar god,” with good reason. The thundering music he creates is as expertly crafted, distinctive and, frankly, steaming hot as a cup of Van Houtte Original House Blend – just as good now as the day it was originally made. This timeless quality is the sign of a true master.
Born Edward Van Halen on January 26, 1955, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, he emigrated to Southern California at a young age. Similarly, Van Houtte came to Montreal from France in the early part of his life. Both the Vans’ achievements could not be contained by borders or continents, with these Europeans going on to achieve international success in the New World.