Maya & Aztecs

Legend has it that the feathered god of the wind, Quetzalcoatl, brought cocoa to mankind from heaven. The Greek name Theobroma cacao , translated as "food of the gods", is therefore very apt.

ÔÇőThe Aztec leaders are said to have sipped the holy bean daily in the form of a sharp, bitter drink. In addition to cocoa beans, their drink contained various spices, chili, allspice and wild honey. It is said that King Montezuma II devoured up to 50 cups before he devoted himself to his lovers. So it makes perfect sense that cocoa was declared currency. 10 beans for a rabbit and a measly 100 for a slave.

conqueror

Around 500 years ago, the Aztecs welcomed Columbus ceremoniously and gave him a sack of the finest cocoa beans as a welcome gift. He tried the drink and politely declined. He was probably used to something sweeter.

It was not until 17 years later that another important Spaniard dared to taste the holy drink. Hernando Cort├ęs was completely blown away, as he reported to the Spanish king. Probably because of this euphoria, he bloodthirstily destroyed the Aztec empire and sailed back home about 10 years later. In his luggage he had a significant amount of cocoa to flatter the king and mix love potions.

Industrial

When it was announced at the royal court, sugar and spices such as vanilla began to be added. The Spanish kept the jelly to themselves for a century before revealing the secret due to an international marriage. A short time later, there were already chocolate houses in the most distinguished corners of Europe. The nobility knew how to sweeten their time.

ÔÇőWhen Daniel Peter and Henri Nestl├ę invented milk chocolate in 1875, the healing effects of cocoa were over. What was left was an overly sweet industrial product with a strong addictive potential.

New discoverers

Let us continue writing the story of this special bean and, together with the history of humanity, turn it for the better.

It is said, Every revolution needs a drink . What better drink for a revolution of the heart than ceremonial cocoa?

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Cocoa and its dark side

Historically, cocoa has been through a lot with us. In this video I discuss the dark side of the plant. Don't worry, your cocoa will still taste good afterwards.