Tea, coffee and chocolate were expensive luxury goods in the Baroque period, and at first, only noble society were able to enjoy this indulgence. The taste was considered bitter and was softened with sugar, which was also expensive. To fully enjoy this indulgence, precious porcelain was preferred over metal or tin-glazed earthenware containers. The porcelain was initially imported from Asia and later manufactured in Europe. The hot beverages were served in expensive containers and became an indispensable way of expressing luxury and prestige in the upper classes.