OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement Programme


What do you see here? (Addressed to the whole group)

Pot of cocoa tea Froth/bubbles

Spices – Steam

Silver pot Circle

Grill Brown (shades)

Stovetop Black spots


Why did you take this photo? (Addressed to the photographer)

Because we were making chocolate tea on a rainy Sunday morning. Cocoa tea used to be a traditional practice throughout most, if not all, of Grenada’s lifetime. But, over time, the practice of making and drinking hot cocoa tea had dwindled down for a long while. However, cocoa tea is steaming its way back onto the social scene. For example, for the past couple of years, Mount Moritz has been hosting monthly breakfasts with cocoa tea and lots of other Grenadian foods. So this photograph: “Steaming Chocolate” is my way of celebrating the return of drinking hot cocoa tea.

What is really happening here? (Addressed to the whole group—alternatively what does the photograph represent?)

Tea, in general, including cocoa tea, is symbolic of provisions for the future that pertains to Grenada’s food security in that cups of hot chocolate tea are consumed by some, if not all, Grenadians as comfort beverages. Then again, that same pot of cocoa tea can be applicable to food insecurity in that it serves as a primary means of survival for some Grenadians who have fallen on hard times during this economic downfall. So, to some, if not all, Grenadians a pot of cocoa tea represents warmth and a full belly that will carry them throughout any given day—rain-come-shine. More so, the pot of cocoa tea represents containment, not in a negative sense, but in a positive sense in terms of the health benefits it provides. Not only is cocoa tea a comfort drink, but also it provides healthy nutrition, to those Grenadians who indulge in it, because it is good for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and high blood pressure. The cocoa produce itself contains antioxidants and it is used to alleviate inflammation in the body. Therefore, those who drink cocoa tea on a regular basis will most likely reap the above-mentioned health benefits, which extend to the overall preventative measures that will greatly influence Grenada’s overall capacity to accumulate wealth, because no health means no wealth. Meaning that a healthy population is on its way to being a wealthy nation. Even more, cocoa tea and local Grenadian chocolate are sampled by tourists who visit Grenada in areas such as the Belmont Estates and at other tourists sites. Besides, the concept of self-sustainability comes to mind regarding the hand-made, non-processed product (in the form of a ball, affectionately called cocoa ball) that serves as a local value-added produce that is sold in local markets and supermarkets. Self-sustainment also lends credence to the notion that cocoa tea is none other than a tree-to-hand-to-belly drink. In closing, cocoa tea, then, represents one of nature’s bounties.

PHOTO Title: Steaming Chocolate

Photograph Location: Clozier, St. John’s

Photographer: Iva Williams