Chocolate rebel: Le Chocolaterie de Jacques Genin

The most fashionable artisan chocolate maker in France today is Jacques Genin.  The Wall Street Journal tells his story here.  A sidebar to the article briefly describes Belgian chocolate makers Pierre Marolini, Wittamer, and Mary Chocolatier Confissur, Swiss chocolate maker Confiserie Sprüngli, and British chocolate maker Auer Chocolatier.  By the way, when chocolate arrived in France around 1615, ordinary people were not allowed to consume the "food of the gods."

Posted by David Fahey on December 19, 2009 at 12:58 PM in Belgium, Britain, Chocolate, France, Switzerland | Permalink

7 New Emerging Wine Regions

Global warming is partly responsible for emerging grape growing regions according to an article by Simon Majumdar at - here is the link.

Posted by Dave Trippel on June 3, 2009 at 12:01 AM in Alcohol (miscellaneous), Brazil, Britain, Canada, Greece, Romania, Switzerland, Ukraine, Wine | Permalink

Swiss referendum supports free heroin for addicts

In a recent referendum 69% of Swiss voters supported free heroin for addicts.  For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on November 30, 2008 at 08:17 PM in Addiction, Heroin, Switzerland | Permalink

Alcohol abuse in 18th century Switzerland (book)

Nicole Stremberg Goy, Du buveur à l'ivrogne: le consistoire de Lausanne face à l'abus d'alcool, 1754 - 1791 (Lausanne, Switzerland: Éd. du Zèbre, 2006).

Posted by David Fahey on October 6, 2008 at 05:09 PM in Alcoholism, Switzerland | Permalink

"Green Fairy" returns

After almost a century of illegality, absinthe--the so-called green fairy--has returned to barrooms. The USA (which banned the wormwood-based drink in 1912) has approved the importation of two brands. Switzerland, the land where absinthe originated, legalized its sale in 2005. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on October 14, 2007 at 08:17 PM in Absinthe, Switzerland, United States | Permalink

Public houses in early modern Switzerland

Beat Kümin, "Public houses and civic tensions in early modern Bern," Urban History 34/1 (2007): 89-101.

Posted by David Fahey on May 5, 2007 at 03:16 PM in Drinking Spaces, Switzerland | Permalink

Safe injection sites for heroin addicts

The (London) Independent, 19 February 2007, reports a trend of public health authorities providing safe injection sites for heroin addicts. This occurs in parts of Western Europe (Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland) and sometimes elsewhere (Australia, Canada(. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on February 18, 2007 at 10:05 PM in Australia, Canada, Germany, Heroin, Netherlands, Switzerland | Permalink

Europeans turn to cocaine and alcohol as cannabis loses favour

Europeans are abandoning cannabis but turning to cocaine and drink, new figures from French customs reveal.  The Observer reports.

Posted by Cynthia on October 18, 2006 at 10:40 AM in Alcohol (general), Britain, Cannabis, Cocaine, France, Licensing and Legislation, Netherlands, Switzerland, Tobacco | Permalink

Christian missionaries, Arabica coffee, and cocoa in Africa (Internet post)

In an H-World post on 11 July 2006 Roger B. Beck (Eastern Illinois University) pointed out that European missionaries played an important role in introducing cash crops to Africa. The (French Catholic) Holy Ghost Fathers developed Arabica coffee in what became Kenya during the second half of the nineteenth century, a coffee variety which resisted pests and disease. The (Swiss Protestant) Basel Mission introduced cocoa to the Gold Coast (later Ghana) during the nineteenth century. Its trading company made large profits in the late 1800s and the early 1900s.

Posted by David Fahey on July 11, 2006 at 03:53 PM in Cocoa, Coffee, France, Ghana, Kenya, Religion, Switzerland | Permalink

Drugs, Desire, and European Economic Expansion (article)

Daniel Bradburd, William Jankowiak, “Drugs, Desire, and European Economic Expansion.” Drugs, labor, and colonial expansion. Ed. William Jankowiak and Daniel Bradburd. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2003, pp. 3 - 30.

Posted by Jon on April 20, 2006 at 02:30 PM in Britain, Drugs (general), France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland | Permalink