As habits go, our obsession with coffee and chocolate is hardly a new one. Although for some reason, I never thought of the early settlers at the Cape drinking something quite as exotic. Tea drinking was of course assumed, because of the VOC’s trade between the East and Europe, but coffee sounded too modern! and chocolate too much like a Cadbury’s advertisement! Until a friend pointed out – in a coffee shop – that many of the 18th century estate inventories included “chocolaatkopjes”!
So I did some sleuthing of my own.