Maya & Aztecs

Legend has it that the feathered god of the wind Quetzalcóatl brought mankind Kakao from the kingdom of heaven. This makes the Greek name Theobroma cacao, translated "food of the gods," very appropriate. Aztec leaders are said to have sipped the sacred bean daily. In the form of a pungent, bitter drink. In addition to Kakao beans, it contained a wide variety of spices, chili, allspice and wild honey. It is said that King Montezuma II devoured up to 50 cups before devoting himself to his lovers. So it makes perfect sense that cacao was declared currency. 10 beans for a rabbit and a whopping 100 for a slave.


About 500 years ago, the Aztecs received Columbus ceremoniously and sometimes presented him with a sack of the finest Kakao beans as a welcome gift. He tried the drink and politely declined. He was probably used to sweeter things.

Not until 17 years later did another important Spaniard dare to taste the sacred drink. Hernando Cortés was blown away, as he reported to the Spanish king. Probably out of this euphoria, he bloodthirstily destroyed the Aztec empire and sailed back home about 10 years later. In his luggage he carried a significant amount of Kakao to flatter the king and mix love potions.


With the announcement at the royal court, the addition of sugar and spices like vanilla began. The Spaniards kept the food of the gods to themselves for a century before, through an international marriage, they came out with the secret. And soon there were chocolate houses in the posh corners of Europe. The nobility knew how to sweeten their time.

When Daniel Peter and Henri Nestlé invented milk chocolate in 1875, the healing effect of Kakao was gone. What remained was an over-sweetened industrial product with strong addictive potential.

New discoverers

Let's continue to write the story of this special bean and change it for the better together with the history of humanity. They say every revolution needs a drink. What more fitting drink for a revolution of the heart could there be than ceremonial Kakao?

Kakao's dark side

Kakao, historically speaking, has been through a lot with us. In this video, I go into the darker side of the plant. Don't worry, your Kakao will still taste good afterwards.