Coffee break trivia quiz

Stuck for something to do for ten minutes while your Americano cools down? Test your coffee knowledge with our coffee trivia quiz. Scroll down to the very bottom of the page for the answers.

  1. When coffee first came to Europe, it was known as: A. Arabian wine; B. Kenyan liquor or C: black juice?
  2. The first wholesale coffee roasting company started up in the United States in which year? A. 1880; B: 1790 or C: 1923?
  3. In the early twentieth century, suburban households had their coffee beans delivered door to door by horses and carts. True or false?
  4. In 2013, which country in the world consumed the most coffee per capita (based on dry weight of coffee in metric tons)? A, USA; B: The UK or C: Finland
  5. Coffee as a world commodity is second only to: A, gold; B: grain or C: oil?
  6. What weight of coffee cherries (the raw fruit) would you need to pick to produce a kilo of coffee beans? A, 2kg; B, 4kg; C, 6kg
  7. A prototype for the first espresso machine was invented in France in which year? A: 1822; B: 1947; C: 1954
  8. Frederick the Great, king of Prussia in the eighteenth century, famously liked his coffee brewed with which unusual extra ingredient? A: chocolate, B: Champagne, C: vodka
  9. Lloyds of London, the insurance company, started out as Edward Lloyd’s Coffee House in the 17th century. True or false?
  10. Coffee sacks (for storing and transporting coffee beans) are normally made from A, hemp or hessian; B, cotton or C, plastic










Question 1 – A, Arabian wine

Question 2 – B, 1790

Question 3 – True

Question 4 – C, Finland, with 9.6kg/capita. The USA consumes 3.1kg while the UK consumes only 1.7kg.

Question 5 – C, oil

Question 6 – C, 6kg – although this can vary based on the type and quality of the coffee. Each cherry normally yields two coffee beans.

Question 7 – A: 1822. The first commercial machine wasn’t manufactured until 1906 in Italy, though

Question 8 – B: Champagne. Sounds revolting!



Question 9 – True

Question 10 – A, hemp or hessian. This is a strong, tough material that allows the beans to breathe