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Coffee: Trivia Quiz Answers

1. When did people really start drinking coffee?

1) Pre-historic period
2) Nobody knows until now
3) 9th Century
4) 27BC during the Roman Empire

Answer: 3) 9th Century

According to folklore, a goat herder in Ethiopia during the 9th Century named Kaldi, discovered the stimulating effects of coffee when he discovered his goats getting energized after eating berries. Kaldi told the abbot from the nearby monastery. The abbot then thought of drying and boiling the fruits to come up with an aromatic beverage. These roasted beans became the first coffee beverage in the world.


2. Where did the name of Cappuccino coffee come from?

1) The resemblance to the furs colour of cpuchin monkeys
2) An Italian wod, “Puccino” which means light brown
3) The similarity to the brown cloak worn by Capuchin Monks
4) The term was invented By Starbucks

Answer: 3) The similarity to the brown cloak worn by Capuchin monks

It is derived from the brown hood of Capuchin friars which is the espresso’s color combined with fizzed milk which is like the Capuchin robe. The Capuchin order was established in Italy in the 16th century.


3. Which two countries have the highest production of coffee worldwide?

1) Brazil and Colombia
2) United States and China
3) India and Pakistan
4) Israel and Iran

Answer: 1) Brazil and Colombia

In 2018, Brazil produced 61.66 million 60-kilograms bags of coffee while Colombia was second with 13.56 million 60-kilograms bags.


4. Which is the most expensive coffee in the world?

1) Los Planes Coffee from El Salvador
2) Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee from Jamaica
3) Starbucks Blue Bourbon Coffee from Rwanda
4) Black Ivory Coffee from Thailand

Answer: 4) Black Ivory Coffee from Thailand

The most expensive is Black Ivory Coffee produced by the Black Ivory Coffee Company in Thailand. It is sold at more than $500 per pound. Just like the Civet coffee, it comes from elephants which consume the Arabica coffee beans and process the coffee during digestion. The animals’ stomach acids break down the bean proteins resulting in a distinctive strong flavor to the beverage.


5. Which among the four are the most common coffee blends?

1) South American and African beans
2) Arabica and Robusta beans
3) Kona and Kenya beans
4) Dark Roast and Civit

Answer: 2) Arabica and Robusta beans

Arabica is the popular Arabian Coffee which is said to be the first coffee species cultivated. It represents 60% of global production. Robusta comes from beans of the Coffea Canephora which is a strong species with high bitterness and low acidity.


6. How many percent of American adults’ drink coffee every day?

1) 50%
2) 15%
3) 82%
4) 64%

Answer: 4) 64%

According to a 2018 survey commissioned by the National Coffee Association, 64% of Americans above 18 years old drink coffee daily which is higher than the 62% in 2017.


7. Why are coffee beans roasted?

1) Tradition
2) To make it more aromatic
3) It gives the beans taste
4) It makes the beans last longer

Answer: 3) It gives the beans taste

They roast it for taste, not for aroma, aroma is a by-product. Raw coffee beans do not have any taste. The process of roasting turns the fats and carbohydrates into oils. It produces the traditional coffee smell that people know and love.


8. Who is the most famous coffee-lover composer and songwriter?

1) Ludwig van Beethoven
2) Juan Valdez
3) Elthon John
4) George Gershwin

Answer: 1) Ludwig van Beethoven

German Ludwig van Beethoven is an avid coffee-lover. He detailed 60 coffee beans for each brew in many of his compositions which include unforgettable and popular symphonies.


9. How many coffee farmers are there in the world?

1) 10,000
2) 50,000
3) 1 million
4) 25 million

Answer: 4) 25 million

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the whole world. 80% of coffee is produced by 25 million small farmers. Approximately 125 million people globally depend on this product for their livelihood.


10. What happens when you add cream to coffee?

1) Your Coffee looks more inviting
2) It makes the Coffee more acidic
3) It helps retain heat longer
4) It counters the effect of the caffeine

Answer: 3) It helps retain heat longer

The cream thickens or makes the coffee more viscous. It evaporates slower. When the rate of evaporation slows down, heat loss becomes slow and the coffee stays warm longer.


11. How many cups of coffee are consumed annually worldwide?

1) 1 billion
2) Too many to count
3) 10 billion
4) Over 400 billion

Answer: 4) Over 400 billion

People from different countries worldwide consume over 400 billion cups of coffee every year. In the United States alone, Americans drink 450 million cups daily.


12. Who is the famous personality who drank 50 cups of coffee daily?

1) Voltaire
2) Frank Sinatra
3) Ronald Reagan
4) Ludwig van Beethoven

Answer: 1) Voltaire

French philosopher and writer Voltaire used to drink between 40 and 50 cups of coffee with chocolate and known as the number one coffee addict in history.


13. Coffee bean cultivation is similar to which other food?

1) Tea
2) Peanuts
3) Grapes
4) Apples

Answer: 3) Grapes

Coffee beans are similar to grapes that produce wine since both are affected by the temperature, soil conditions, elevation, precipitation, drainage and extent of ripeness when picked.


14. What is the one beverage consumed more than Coffee worldwide?

1) Water
2) Tea
3) Beer
4) Milk

Answer: 2) Tea

Tea has become more popular because of perceived health benefits like weight loss, antioxidant content and overall wellbeing.


15. How quickly does caffeine become effective in your bloodstream after drinking Coffee?

1) Immediately
2) 30 to 60 minutes
3) 10 to 15 minutes
4) 2 hours

Answer: 2) 30 to 60 minutes

Caffeine in coffee blocks the adenosine receptor to prevent a person from feeling sleepy. Caffeine begins to affect the body once reaches a peak level in the blood within 30 to 60 minutes with a half-life of 3 to 5 hours.


16. Inhaling coffee is considered a form of aromatherapy that can cause what?

1) Cure headaches
2) Make you smarter
3) Awaken the senses
4) Heal depression

Answer: 3) Awaken the senses

You may not even need to drink coffee to stimulate the senses. Just smelling the aroma can activate a brain-buzzing response because it may affect the proteins and genes in the brain.


17. Why was coffee banned in the 16th century in Europe?

1) Political fighting with tea growers
2) The beverage was deemed satanic
3) People were drinking Coffee and not working
4) They could not grow it and had to import it due to climate

Answer: 2) The beverage was deemed Satanic

Coffee was shipped to Europe in the 16th Century. Many clergymen wanted the product to be prohibited and labeled Satanic. However, Pope Clement VII tasted coffee and stated it was delicious. The Pope even joked that the beverage should be baptized.


18. Where do Coffee beans grow?

1) A perennial bush
2) Trees
3) Heaven
4) Vineyards

Answer: 1) A perennial bush

Coffee cherries and blossoms grow on shrubs or small evergreen trees. An untamed coffee tree can grow up to a maximum of 16 feet tall. Most farmers, however, prune them back every year to between 5 and 7 feet, which is a comfortable height for picking.


19. Which country in the year 1907 produced 97% of the world’s total production of coffee?

1) USA
2) Philippines
3) Brazil
4) Colombia

Answer: 3) Brazil

Brazil produced that 97% and until today reigns as one of the largest producer of coffee beans. Majority of these beans are of the Arabica variety which can grow at a lower altitude and possess higher caffeine content.


20. Which coffee brand is said to be “good to the last drop”?

1) Starbucks
2) Maxwell House
3) Allegro Coffee
4) McDonald’s Coffee

Answer: 2) Maxwell House

The logo of Maxwell House has a tipped coffee cup with the final drop clearly showing as pouring out. A fictional story said that President Theodore Roosevelt even praised this particular coffee brand during his visit to Tennessee State.


21. Which language does the word Coffee originate from?

1) Spanish
2) Latin
3) Italian
4) Arabic

Answer: 4) Arabic

The Arabs chose the name “Qahhwa” for this remarkable beverage. It means “wine of the bean”.


22. Who drank his coffee with mustard and champagne?

1) Frederick the Great
2) Adolf Hitler
3) Genghis Khan
4) George Washington

Answer: 1) Frederick the Great

Stories mentioned that Frederick the Great, the King of Prussia mixed mustard and champagne in his coffee which caused no harm. Ironically the King in the 18th century banned coffee and instead urged his subjects to drink beer which was healthier.


23. What amount of caffeine is present in Coffee?

1) 100 milligrams
2) 550 milligrams
3) 336 milligrams
4) I drink decaf

Answer: 3) 336 milligrams

The United States Department of Agriculture says that 40 grams of coffee beans contain 336 milligrams of caffeine but this will still depend on the kind of beans and roasting process.


24. What was the nationality of the person who invented coffee?

1) American
2) French
3) Colombian
4) Japanese

Answer: 4) Japanese

Japanese scientist Satori Kato introduced instant coffee during the Pan-American Expo in Buffalo, USA in 1901. However, a certain Frenchman, Alphonse Allais was said to have patented instant coffee in 1881 under Patent Number 141520.


25. Which American President described Coffee as “the favourite drink of the civilized world?”

1) George Washington
2) Woodrow Wilson
3) Thomas Jefferson
4) Barrack Obama

Answer: 3) Thomas Jefferson

In 1824, Thomas Jefferson deemed coffee “the favorite beverage of the civilized world.” Jefferson patronized the coffee houses of Williamsburg and Paris, and served coffee at the President’s House, Poplar Forest, and Monticello.


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