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Preparing harvested cocoa beans

Preparing harvested cocoa beans


Photograph of harvested cocoa beans being prepared for fermentation. Taken from Cocoa and Chocolate by A W Knapp.

Chocolate was first used as a drink, sweetened with sugar to mask the bitter flavour of the chocolate. Later it was used for making eating chocolate. At this period, most people drank beer, wine or spirits. Water was not safe to drink, tea coffee and chocolate were expensive. Quakers promoted drinking chocolate as an alternative to alcohol.

Date: 1920

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