Coffee and tea quiz

coffee-beansThink you know your Arabica from your Robusta? Your Assam from your Darjeeling? Take our coffee and tea quiz to see how much you really know about the world’s favourite hot drinks. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the answers.

  1. What is a barista?
  2. In which city was the first “Starbucks” opened in 1971?
  3. What innovation was introduced in the UK by Tetleys in 1953?
  4. What does the PG in “PG tips” stand for?
  5. Where does the term cappuccino come from?
  6. How did the popular global chain of coffee shops Starbucks get its name?
  7. Which country is the world’s largest producer of tea?
  8. Which British Prime Minister has a variety of tea named after him?
  9. In which year did The Boston Tea Party take place ?
  10. By what name is the small cup used to serve espresso known?
  11. Which part of the tea plant is used for tea making?
  12. Which aromatic oil flavours Earl Grey tea?
  13. Which French philosopher allegedly drank more than 50 cups of coffee a day?
  14. According to legend, in which African country did coffee originate?

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  1. The word is Italian for bar tender, and means someone trained to operate a commercial espresso machine
  2. Seattle
  3. The teabag
  4. Pre Gest – it was originally marketed as an aid to digestion
  5. Cappuccino coffee is named for its foamy topping, thought to ressemble the habit of the monks of the Capuchin order
  6. It was named after the first mate of Captain Ahab in Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick
  7. China
  8. The second Earl Grey, Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834
  9. 1773
  10. a demitasse (half cup)
  11. Leaves
  12. Bergamot oil
  13. Voltaire
  14. Ethiopia