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We are proud to present one of the top education programs in the world for chocolate lovers from all walks of life. Chocolate Lovers Unite (!) at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Pier 91 in Seattle, Washington for a weekend packed with world-class workshops on chocolate! 
Sunday, November 13 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
A Pre-Columbian and Colonial History of Cacao Grading and Quality

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Evaluating cacao quality has an ancient history. Pre-Columbian writings and depictions indicate uses for different kinds of cacao and the criteria people relied upon for making judgments about quality. Very early colonial texts and illustrations show how assessing cacao quality in Spanish America developed overtones based on region, ethnicity, gender, and race during the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Several examples from Mexico and Central America will provide perspectives on how grading cacao has a fascinating past that is far from straightforward.

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Kathryn Sampeck

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Illinois State University, Non-residential Fellow, Harvard University
Dr. Kathryn Sampeck is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Illinois State University and a Board Member of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute. She was the 2015-2016 Central America Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Fellow at... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Chocolate Stories Room

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