How much do you know about coffee?

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So you think you know coffee? Seek out your inner barista and show the world what you know about joe.

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Where was coffee first cultivated?

By the 15th century, coffee was being grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia; the Arabs were also the first to start trading coffee. 

Question 2 of 19

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How were coffee's stimulating effects discovered?

The story of Kaldi the goatherder comes from the Ethiopian highlands. Upon observing the unusual behavior of his goat, Kaldi took the berries to the local monastery where a drink with the berries was created; the rest is history. 

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When coffee made it to Europe in the 17th century, opponents referred to it as:

So intense was the coffee controversy that Pope Clement VIII was asked to intervene. Upon tasting it, he gave it papal approval.

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By the mid-17th century, there were over 300 specialized coffee houses in London. Which of the following businesses grew out of coffee houses:

Coffee houses provided a less rambunctious venue than taverns for intellectuals and professionals, many drawing a distinct clientele. For example, Edward Lloyd’s coffee house on Tower Street was the place to go for marine insurance, and it evolved into Lloyd's of London.

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Coffee became popular in America after what event?

Although coffee made it to America in the early 18th century, it wasn't until 1773 that it became popular, when switching from tea to coffee became a patriotic act.

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French writer and philosopher Voltaire is said to have liked drinking how much coffee each day?

Which might explain his having written more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books!

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Coffee is so popular now; how many cups are consumed daily worldwide?

We drink a lot of coffee; second to oil, coffee is the most valuable legally traded commodity on the planet. 

Question 8 of 19

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People in which country consume the most caffeine in the world?

While 90 percent of people use caffeine in some form, Finland takes the cake with the average adult consuming 400 milligrams each day. 

Question 9 of 19

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In 2013, Green Mountain (owner of Keurig) produced how many single-use K-Cups?

Yep, enough to wrap around the equator 10.5 times; but Keurig users should know that the company also makes reusable filters for its machines. 

Question 10 of 19

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What is "caffe sospeso"?

Born in the cafes of Italy, a "suspended coffee" is a tradition in which someone pays in advance for an extra cup or two, which can then be consumed by a coffee-drinker-in-need later in the day.

Question 11 of 19

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The invention of freeze-dried instant coffee was a result of:

Although there have been plenty of amazing accidental inventions, freeze-drying came into commercial use during WWII when it was developed for preserving blood plasma and penicillin.

Question 12 of 19

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The Mocha Java blend of beans originally got its name from what?

Originally, a Mocha Java was a blend of beans that came from the Indonesian island of Java and the Yemen port of Mocha.

Question 13 of 19

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How much caffeine would it take to kill a 150-pound person?

According to the Death by Caffeine calculator, you best step away from that 95th cup. 

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Which roast has the most caffeine?

Although you'd think a dark, rich coffee would have more caffeine than a light roast, it doesn't. The roasting process burns off some of the caffeine, so a lighter blend will yield more of a jolt.

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3 shots of Starbucks espresso are equivalent in caffeine to:

Because of its dark roast and quick brewing time, espresso contains less caffeine than regular brewed coffee; both three shots of Starbucks espresso and one 12-ounce cup of Starbucks brewed coffee contain about 195 milligrams of caffeine.

Question 16 of 19

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Used coffee grounds can be used for which of the following gardening tasks:

That's right, coffee grounds have a lot to give after we've put them to use for our coffee; used tea leaves can be employed in plenty of jobs too.

Question 17 of 19

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According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, people who drank coffee didn't die as early from which of the following causes?

The study also showed that coffee drinkers had a decreased risk of death due to stroke, injuries, accidents and infections. 

Question 18 of 19

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Cappuccinos take their name from what?

The color of a cappuccino closely resembles the color of the hooded cloaks worn by the Capuchin friars, which were modeled on those worn by Saint Francis of Assisi. 

Question 19 of 19

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One of the most expensive coffees in the world comes from?

Black Ivory Coffee beans are plucked from elephant droppings after going through the digestive system where it's said that enzymes break down the proteins. The coffee sells for $500 a pound, generally considered to be costlier than coffee that comes from similarly collected civet droppings.

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